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Introduction to moorland navigation

Our one-day Introduction to Moorland Navigation Course equips you with the essential skills to start exploring the open moorland environment with confidence.

Moorland Navigation

Introduction to Moorland Navigation Course content:

  • Learn to navigate on open moorland using a map and compass
  • Learn to understand and use of contours as a means of navigation
  • Understand grid-references and how to prepare them
  • Recognise moorland features and their mapping symbols
  • Use timing as a means of measuring distance

Course schedule

Meet at the Delaware Outdoor Education Centre for a two-hour skills workshop session to include; Grid references, scale, taking a bearing, pacing and timing.

Minibus to a remote location on Dartmoor where you will practice your classroom skills and learn further navigational skills such as walking on a bearing, orienting your map and following linear features.

Note: This course provides a baseline understanding of moorland navigation and can be complemented later by our Introduction to Night Navigation Course available throughout the winter months..

Prices per day

We can provide courses for any number of days but a one day course is ideal to learn or brush up on the basic skills needed to get you going with your navigation.

1 - 6 people £300

Navigation instructor ratio

We see that operating with a small instructor to client ratio is the safest and quickest way to learn the essential skills required to remain safe on the hill. That is why we only work to a maximum of 1:6 Instructor:Client.

Equipment required

The weather cannot necessarily be predicted so please bring suitable clothing that will keep you warm and dry in most weathers. We will be navigating onto the open moorland as part of this course and therefore you should arrive with warm layers, waterproof clothing and walking boots. We also recommend bringing a small rucksack with additional spare layers, a flask, drink and lunch.

We will provide you a map and compass for the duration of the course. 

Pre-requisite fitness levels

Providing that you feel fit enough to walk up to ten kilometres over the course of the day then you probably are in good enough condition to attend the course. Be aware that some of the ground will be uneven and so a pair of walking poles may be of benefit to some.

We would appreciate that you confidentially inform us of any injuries or pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your ability to participate on the day.

You and all the other participants can record any pre-existing medical conditions onto the course application form below and verbally update your instructor on the day should anything change. This information will help the instructor make suitable route choice to enable you to participate and improve your overall enjoyment of the course for everyone.

How to book

You can book onto the Introduction to Moorland Navigation Course by contacting the Delaware Outdoor Education Centre directly or by completing the attached form link below and returning by email or post. Please note that all participants will need to complete this form.


Paul Seymour
Delaware Outdoor Education Centre
Tel: 01822 833885

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