The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive programme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside. It is ideal for teachers wishing to look after DofE groups in Lowland areas.

The Silver Award develops the navigation skills you have acquired at the Bronze level (link). It adds further skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work and how to select suitable navigational techniques to cross open country.

This course will cover:
 Relate small hills, small valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs to their corresponding map contours,  as a means of navigation in good visibility

Use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features

Use a compass to: Accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features

Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line

 Use back bearings to check route following accuracy

Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies

Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation

Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground

Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills

Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness

Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques

Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground

Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions

Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions

Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, current access legislation and the environmental impact of walkers on the countryside

Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.


  • Residential £165 pp
  • Non Residential £130 pp

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three people walking in the countryside view of corfe castle in the purbecks

This course is being run at our sister centre in Dartmoor, just head over to Haytor Rocks park in the Dartmoor National Park car park and walk into the centre at the far end of the car park, once arrived report to the office to check in.,

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    Experience Level Required

    Some previous experience of navigating in the countryside, mostly on paths and tracks. This experience may have been gained on our Beginners Navigation Course or may have been self taught


    Minimum age 13+. 

    Make Progress

    Gold NNAS Course


    12 hours over two days.


    Standard hill-walking gear including good waterproofs and walking boots/shoes. A packed lunch and drinks are also necessary.