Navigation is an essential skill for anyone heading away from the security of roads and parks. It is the fundamental skill needed to break the barrier that limits us to familiar trails and opens up a world of exploring new possibilities.
As a runner we want to navigate differently to hill-walkers. We can show you simple techniques that keep your navigation fast and fluid, keeping you on track without having to stop as well as knowing what to do when we get lost!
We will start with fundamental good habits of map setting and direction finding and use these to help us to navigate around a variety of trails. As we go we will add to this with recognising different features on the ground and map along with ways to measure distance as we go.
Compass skills start simple, to check the direction of our trails and help us to find where we are. This builds to using a compass to go cross-country, away from the trail.
We will look at route planning skills and resources, so we set off running knowing how far it is, how much climbing is involved and how long it will take us.
In both Aviemore and the Pentland hills we have a huge variety of trails and locations that we can use for our training. This course includes one full day of instruction and does not include accommodation or meals, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own.
We have 2 levels of navigation course, Tracks & Trails and Running Wild. Both are based on the same navigation foundations, but with slightly different emphasis.
Tracks & Trails is our foundation navigation course and is designed for on-path navigation where we always have some kind of trail to follow. Compass skills are still important, setting the map, checking the direction of trails and helping us if we get lost.
Running Wild is designed for those who have the basic navigation skills and are looking to start challenging themselves. We will get you slick and confident with our foundation navigation skills and compass work before adding some more techniques to start moving cross-country, away from the trails. Some confidence with simple map skills are important for this course and we highly recommend starting with Tracks & Trails unless you have a lot of navigation experience.
|Date||Course type||Price||Availability||Book Now|
|13th April 2019 Pentlands||Tracks & Trails||£65||SOLD OUT|
|14th April 2019 Pentlands||Tracks & Trails||£65||SOLD OUT|
|3rd July 2019 Aviemore||Tracks & Trails||£60||PLACES AVAILABLE||Book now|
|17 August 2019 Aviemore||Running Wild||£60||PLACES AVAILABLE||Book now|
|26th October 2019 Pentlands||Tracks & Trails||£65||PLACES AVAILABLE||Book now|
|27th October 2019 Pentlands||Running Wild||£65||PLACES AVAILABLE||Book now|
If these dates don't work for you please get in touch to arrange a bespoke course.
Tracks & Trails
The day will be a mix of a number of short runs, active workshops and some indoor sessions, so a basic level of running fitness is all you need to make the most of the weekend. If you can run 5k without stopping you should be fine.
No previous navigation experience is necessary.
The day will use a mix of terrain, with some active workshops, an indoor planning session and a longer run in the afternoon. A reasonable level of running fitness will help you to get the most out of the weekend. If you are comfortable running 15km in hilly terrain you should be fine.
Some confidence with simple map skills are important for this course and we highly recommend starting with Tracks & Trails unless you have a lot of navigation experience.
The workshops will be a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions.
Trail running shoes - Get in touch if you want more advice before the course.
Clean trainers for indoors
Small rucksack - We will never be too far from the base, so you will not need to carry much kit, just a warm jacket and water.
Headtorch - September to April
Compass if you have one
Maps will be provided
Pentland hills courses
We are based at the Bonaly Outdoor Centre just off the Edinburgh bypass
Directions are here
We will meet at Aviemore Tennis Club
There is parking on site and it is 15 minutes walk from Aviemore train station.
These courses don't include accommodation or meals allowing you the flexibility to choose your own
Aviemore has a wide variety of accommodation options
We recommend Hostelling Scotland hostels in Aviemore or Glenmore where you can get a 10% discount by using the code TRAILRUN19
"It was a great day, really enjoyed it. I think I have the hang of it now!"
Lorna M, Navigation for runners 2018
"A very enjoyable day on all counts. Ian ran the course in a thoughtful and professional manner, and the course was tailored to meet everybody's objectives. (Really important point if you are not sure wether to go or not)"
John C, Navigation for runners 2018
"Both days were really enjoyable, interesting learning experiences and I got a lot out of yesterday's run. You've got a brilliantly relaxed teaching style. You're able to impart a lot of knowledge and experience effectively. I feel like I learned a lot without it ever feeling laborious or unachievable. I definitely feel a lot more confident about being able to navigate a new route somewhere I've not been before and will be more adventurous in route planning, especially when I'm out on my own. "
Kirsty, Navigation for runners and mountain running skills 2018
More information can be found here