Who’s is for?

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is created for those new to navigation, whether  new to the outdoors or having been reliant on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes. It develops the confidence to plan and follow your own routes in the hills and countryside along paths, tracks and linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.

It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students, scouts and guides and cadet groups who are looking to develop their outdoor skills.

There is no upper age limit but our bespoke family or youth navigation courses are created for participants younger than 14.

Course duration

A minimum of 12 hours, this course is held over 2 consecutive days. This configuration can vary if taken as a bespoke course, in which case contact us to discuss requirements.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion you will be able to effectively read the map and identify appropriate routes for your level of expertise; plan and follow appropriate routes; consider environmental impacts and responsibility, rights of access, walking safety and equipment, and what to do in case of an emergency. In short, you will be well-equipped to head out and enjoy a day in the country!

If successful you will receive a certificate from the NNAS Organisation

What next

Practise, practise, practise! What better excuse to head out for the day to enjoy and develop your new confidence? And when you’re ready to take the next step, register for our Silver Award .


Map and compass work



Skill/Technique – During the course you will:



  • Understanding of maps symbols and scales

  • Identify differences in a variety of maps and consider when best to use each one

  • Orientate the map with and without a compass

  • Use an orientated map to follow a set route, relating land features to map

  • Understand the terms and identify handrails, check points, catching features and use them to aid navigation

  • Use different methods to maintain your position on a map

  • Use 3-5 identifying features to prove location on map

  • Use double pacing to measure a short distance on the ground

  • Use an understanding of walking pace to estimate time from one point to another

  • Judge short distances by known objects eg 100m = football pitch

  • Consider appropriate equipment and clothing for walking in the hills and mountains

  • Consider basic safety issues and what to do in an emergency



  • Differentiate between uphill and downhill on the map by reference to contours

  • Recognise prominent hills, valleys, cols, ridges and spurs on map and ground

  • Orientate the map agains major ground features

  • Orientate the map againsty a compass needle

  • Use an orientated map to check the direction of handrails and location of other features to aid navigation

Next Bronze Award course

Bronze Award: April 25th/26th weekend  Book Now

Location:  Rock Outdoors Base Camp, Burrington Combe, the Mendips, N. Somerset

Time: 09:00 to 16:30

Maximum number per course: 8. Ratio of 1:4 per instructor


Next Silver Award course

Silver Award: May 9th/10th 2020 weekend Book Now

Location: Day 1: Rock Outdoors Base Camp, Burrington Combe, the Mendips, N. Somerset/Day 2: the Brecon Beacons

Time: 09:00 to 17:00

Maximum number per course: 8.  Ratio of 1:4 per instructor