Improve Your Navigation Skills in the South Downs National Park in Sussex

This is the next step on from our Introduction to Navigation course and builds on the knowledge and skills previously acquired. This course is more focused on developing compass skills and you will be taught how to navigate to a higher standard and accurately find features away from paths and tracks.

The course is split into 2 sections: Classroom Theory and Practical Skills on the hill. The course will build on previous navigation knowledge, either learnt from experience or from our Introduction to Navigation course.

Develop the necessary skills needed to read a map efficiently with the use of a compass. We will teach you more advanced map to ground navigation and compass skills to find your way cross country and accurately find specific locations such as aiming off, attack points, boxing and search patterns for finding objects or places. These are essential skills for anyone who might be interested in exploring or just finding their way, including walkers, fell runners and mountaineers among others.

If you feel you have already gained these skills and would like to test your navigational abilities in different situations, we offer a Night Navigation course which the perfect way to do this in a safe and controlled environment.



All year round, please contact us to make a booking



Group Size



Minimum age: 18


Introduction to Navigation course or previous basic navigation experience.


Please note that all group bookings will be available for others to book, unless booking for a minimum of 4 people.

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During the course, we will cover

  • Map to ground navigation
  • Route planning
  • Time, distance, speed, pacing
  • Compass techniques
  • Aiming off, attack points, boxing and search patterns
  • Emergency action plans



Equipment supplied

All maps and navigation equipment are provided

Equipment needed

Full waterproofs, warm clothing (including emergency clothing) walking boots / trail shoes, packed lunch. We will provide you with a kit list upon booking.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.