Night Navigation

A fun, practical and challenging course which addresses the essential and often neglected skills of navigating in the dark or poor visibility, and provides a great opportunity to explore and appreciate the countryside in darkness. Participants will learn how to manage the changing conditions which can be unsettling if you are unprepared. As night-time falls, accurate navigation skills are key as is knowing where you are at all times.  Your instructor will show you how you can safely follow a route when landmarks are not visible.

Suitable for those with some basic navigation experience and would like to develop more advanced techniques.

Learning outcomes:

  • Choosing navigation strategies and routes
  • Relocation and measuring distance on and off the map
  • Planning, preparation and preserving night vision
  • Refresh navigation skills
  • Develop micro navigation skills
  • Emergency procedures and safety


3.5 hours approx - we vary the start time of the course depending on the time of year and sunset times.

Meet at the pub for a briefing before heading out onto the South Downs for a fully guided training walk.

Finish back at the pub for post course reflection and a well-earned drink.


West Sussex section of the South Downs or the Surrey Hills - please see below for dates and locations.

What's Included:

  • Use of maps and compass
  • Full instruction by MTA qualified leader
  • 15% discount from Cotswold Outdoor
  • Course is limited to eight participants




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