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Night Navigation

Half DayOutdoor Skills




Autumn, Spring, Winter


Qualified Instructor


North Downs, South Downs


Downland, Forest, Heathland

Walking Days



  • MTA Qualfied Instructor
  • Night-time course
  • Develop navigation skills
  • Be confident to explore the countryside
  • Use of maps and compasses included
  • Cotswold Outdoor Discount

A fun, practical and challenging course which addresses the essential and often neglected skills of navigating at night or in 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. The course is only offered from October-March.

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

Course is limited to 8 participants