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NNAS Bronze Navigation Award Course

NNAS Bronze Course Scotland England
Navigation Bronze Certificate Course
National Navigation Awards Bronze
NNAS Bronze Sussex Scotland
Gain your NNAS Bronze Award - Navigation Basics


This course teaches you to navigate using paths, tracks and other linear features, using map and compass. The content is suitable for both beginners or intermediate navigators. 

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no or limited navigation experience. Perhaps you are new to rambling and hiking, 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 cadets who are looking to develop their outdoor skills.

Wildwood Bushcraft is an official provider of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) - this means we can provide an accredited and well recognised qualification in Navigation. If you are successful in achieving the pass criteria of this course you will receive an NNAS Bronze Award certificate. The NNAS Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework ( SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.

If you are primarily interested in the content of this course and do not want the qualification, you do not have to be assessed.


Learning Outcomes


Here are some of the key skills you will be learning:


  • how to read and take a grid reference

  • how to use a map and compass to navigate between two points

  • how  to interpret terrain based on map contours

  • to understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.

  •  to understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.

  • to orientate the map with and without a compass.

  • to use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.

  • to choose simple navigation strategies and routes.

  • to use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.

  • to estimate distance on both map and ground.

  • about contours, matching major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation.

  • to plan a safe, suitable walk.

  • to relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails.

  • access rights and responsibilities.

More Details


Price: £170 per person

Location: We offer this course in Moidart on the West Coast of Scotland. Upon request we may also be able to offer the course in Sussex in the South of England. 


Duration: 2 days starting at 09.00 on Saturday and Sunday, and finishing at 16.00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Group size:    max 8 people 

Facilities: Course is held entirely outdoors so we may use a tarp shelter for some lessons.  On some courses there may be options to camp overnight but otherwise you will need to organise your own overnight accommodation. Contact us for local recommendations.

What to bring: Course-specific kit list


"Very enjoyable, look forward to undertaking the NNAS Silver & Gold." - N. Tharme

"...on Monday (following the course) I plotted a walk, took bearings, even though I knew where I was, visualised route ahead and thumbed my way across the map. This brought great joy and pleasure to me as I looked for hand rails and located small ponds etc. For the first time I felt that I could have actually no problem walking in this area of ours. Loved it" - D. Peak

"Everybody was friendly and really helped each other learn rather than being competitive. Leon was a really good, patient teacher who encouraged and helped each individual. He made sure each person understood every aspect of it. It was an added bonus that Leon picked mushrooms which we tried for lunch, too - great! The best day out I've had for a long time. And I learnt loads.The sunny weather did help, of course!" - N. Medlic

"Good foundation course for map reading & using compass" - G. Batten

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