Navigation Training

Why learn to navigate?

Having the ability to read a map in relation to what you see all around you, not only gives you the reassurance that you know where you are at any given time but also gives you the confidence to explore more ‘off the beaten track’ places.

You can walk a route many times but never fully appreciate what is all around you but when walking and reading a map, a whole new world opens up for you – tracks, boundaries, contours, symbols, types of terrain, distances …… it’s all there, it’s educational and it’s fun!

Our qualified National Navigational Awards Scheme (NNAS) Tutors will guide you through our training programmes, below:

National Navigational Awards Scheme (NNAS) – Bronze Award

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes.

It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students, scouts and guides and cadet groups who are looking to develop their outdoor skills.

NNAS Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.

The syllabus of the Bronze National Navigation Award teaches navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included.

The Silver National Navigation Award develops the navigation skills acquired at the Bronze level. It adds skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work. It will also teach you to select the suitable navigational techniques to cross open country.

Silver National Navigation Award courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks.

National Navigational Awards Scheme (NNAS) – Silver Award

The Outdoor Discovery Award or ODA is ideal for people of all ages who wish to learn basic navigation skills at a gentle rate, encouraging them to gain and improve personal confidence to get out and get active. The Awards has been developed to help group leaders introduce the basic elements of navigation to people who want to explore outside.

Previously known as Young Navigator Star Awards (YNSA), the revamped and updated ODA continues with the core ethos of the YNSA: Encouraging exploration and journeying in local areas using simple maps such as street maps, pictorial park maps and orienteering maps.

The ODA levels are aimed at all age groups and abilities.

There is a gradual learning progression via One Star, Two Star and Three Star levels, with certificates and badges available for achieving participants who have undertaken the ODA with a group leader who is registered with NNAS as an accredited ODA Course Provider.

Outdoor Discovery Awards

For more information and to register your interest, please see the EVENTS section on our Facebook page

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I have experienced many walks with this company.

They were all very enjoyable and extremely well organised, they most definitely know the best places to take you.

The leaders are always well equipped and have all safety risks covered. The staff are very experienced and qualified walkers with good knowledge which they are more than happy to share with you. Training with them would be fun but informative.

I would highly recommend them for beginners to the more experienced walker, I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

Get out on those hills and have fun! Enjoy.

Jane N, Hay on Wye

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Our day of hill walking with FREEDOM DAYS was exhilarating! The experience was not only thrilling but it was well planned – the walk leader was knowledgeable and fun but most importantly welcoming.

Our leader’s years’ of experience was very apparent and so I completely felt safe in new territory. Questions the group had were answered thoroughly and the enthusiasm to help was evident. The walks they run are really good for all abilities and you will find something to suit you – I’ve already booked another!

I’d highly recommend you try them, great value for money. You won’t be disappointed.

Aqueela Jan, Penarth

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The walks are very well organised and communicated, (which is key), with an overview of the route, terrain, difficulty and times to be expected. Advice on clothing and safety accompany the communications, which is very useful.

The group walks are hugely welcoming and extremely friendly. No-one is left to feel out of place.

Safety and security is paramount and is evidently the main priority. Knowledge and experience to amend walks on route endorses great leadership.

I can thoroughly recommend the walks to all, irrespective of whether you’re a beginner looking to try a new experience, a moderate walker who wants to explore new areas, or even an experienced hiker who would enjoy the company, all are made to feel at home and within their limits.

Rory M, Brecon

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I booked a guided walk in the Brecon Beacons with Freedom days. I had a great day in the mountains with a great group of people.

Our guide was friendly and professional and was always paying attention to the various needs of the group.

I would highly recommend Freedom Days.

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I have been on a number of walks led and arranged by (the founder of) this company and I must say that on all occasions the have been enjoyable, challenging, interesting and in all cases well paced for the group.

The leaders obviously know what they're doing, are well qualified, follow correct safety protocols and making sure all members are up to speed with what the walk will involve.

The groups are friendly and though there are often mixed abilities evident within the group, at no point is there any pressure applied or felt.

Genuinely fun and I would without hesitation go on another walk or other outdoor event organised by her (them) again.

Anthony & Kaz B.

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Just want to say thank you, what an amazing leader you provided, she evidently knew her stuff and was able to quickly identify capabilities of the group and adjust accordingly. From a personal perspective, on occasions I was pushed to operate outside my comfort zone [which I’d asked for], the motivation and encouragement received from our leader was phenomenal. I can’t thank her enough for this experience and for all her support and encouragement which enabled the self accomplishment I felt at the end, so proud of myself, what a memorable day. Thanks Freedom Days.

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Thank you Freedom Days for a fantastic guided walk up Snowdon. A truly memorable day up in the hills with family and friends! The day was action packed, with lots to do and see throughout the walk. We throughly enjoyed our lunch on the summit of Yr Aran and we were all buzzing when we reached the top of Snowdon! Special thanks to Jane for keeping us safe and entertained throughout walk! We hope to see you again next year and good luck with your Everest adventure!

Paul M, Birmingham.

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