Navigation Courses | Peak District

Emma Holland Mountain Training specialises in navigation training in the Peak District and can organise courses, training and support for all abilities and levels, including Duke of Edinburgh awards.  If you are training to be a Lowland Leader, Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader or if you want to lead private group walks for friends or colleagues EHMT offers a very personal service to plan a session for your group or individual goals.

Online Webinar: Learn how to use OS Maps online

In this 2-hour webinar course I will walk you through how to use the powerful OS Maps online mapping tool created by the Ordnance Survey to create your own walking routes in the UK.

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Beginners Map & Compass Skills

Spend a day with Emma to learn the basics of how to use a map and compass and to understand the importance of carrying a map and compass with you whilst on a walk. GPS technology, smartphones or google maps are a great compliment to finding your way or navigating a route, however they should never be relied upon. This course will be your essential first step towards learning to navigate confidently and safely.

NNAS Navigation Courses

I am accredited and trained to deliver NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) courses. I am a Course Director and have experience of delivering and assessing both Bronze, Silver & Gold. I can also create a bespoke session (beginner to advanced) based upon requirements and experience.


Micro-navigation is the practise of finding small map details in the physical environment using pacing, timing, observation and other navigation techniques. A micro-navigation day is fun for all walkers, however Summer Mountain Leader candidates, Lowland Leader, Hill & Moorland will benefit greatly from a session to improve fine navigational skills. Depending on your existing skill level, courses will be tailored to suit your objectives.

Night Navigation

How would you cope in the mountains if you got lost in poor visibility or it became dark before you completed your walk? Are your existing navigation skills good enough in a night-time environment?

This evening course will cover the basics of night navigation as well as more advanced techniques. The goal is to enable you to transfer your existing navigational skills into a night-time environment, or poor visibility. Weather is unpredictable in hill and mountain environments and the navigation skills you will learn on this course can be used when you encounter fog, mist or low cloud.

Contour Only Navigation

During this day session you will have an opportunity to try contour-only navigation using a contour-only map of Kinder. Being able to read the shape of the land and how to navigate by contours will really help you to develop your vision of the land around you as you walk and it will enhance your general map reading skills.

GPS Devices and On-line Mapping

GPS devices must never be relied upon as your main tool for navigating, but are useful for a back up in an emergency situation or to pinpoint your precise location if you are practicing micro-navigation.

So, just how well do you know your preferred GPS device or app? Have you explored all of its functions and can you access them quickly with cold fingers while wearing gloves? Does it work on airplane mode and how much battery life will you need? Have you heard of Viewranger & OS Maps amongst many others? Would you like to find out how to enable your smartphone to function as a GPS?

These questions and more will be covered. I have a broad range of experience with a variety of GPS devices and apps and I will provide you with advice on the different functions of each.

GPS for Mountain Leaders

The use of GPS devices and mapping apps are not currently permitted during Mountain Leader assessment week, but they are discussed during training and if you own one it is useful to know how to use it.