Ability to navigate competently in a variety of terrains is a necessary skill for all outdoor enthusiasts.  This includes participants in a wide variety of activities, for example: occasional walkers, fell runners, orienteers and adventure racers.  We all have to start somewhere and successfully completing a course is a great way to gain confidence in planning your own hill days and personal competence in the outdoors.  

Young Ascents currently offers the following courses:

  • Bronze Navigator Award

This consists of a two day beginners course including assessment which covers navigation in the hills using paths, tracks and other linear features along with basic map interpretation and compass work (max 8 participants). 

The full syllabus for the Bronze National Navigation Award can be found at:


  • Silver Navigator Award

A two day intermediate course including assessment during which participants will learn to plan and follow routes in the hills which are across open countryside using accurate compass work and suitable navigational techniques (max 8 participants).  This course is for those with experience of navigating on paths and tracks in the hills who are looking to extend their skills.

The full syllabus for the Silver National Navigation Award can be found at:


Choose the course level which suits your current ability.  Successful completion of assessment will result in an award and you can progress through the levels as and when you wish.