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Night Navigation

Half DayOutdoor Skills




Autumn, Spring, Winter


Qualified Instructor


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

A fun, practical and challenging night navigation 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 South Downs countryside in darkness. Participants will learn how to manage the changing conditions which can be unsettling if you are unprepared or if your journey is longer than anticipated. 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 who already have some map and compass experience or who have attended a course previously, and would like to develop more advanced techniques. This course is ideal as a refresher for NNAS Bronze or Silver award holders or those working towards their NNAS Silver/Gold awards or ML assessment as well as experienced walkers who wish to brush up on their navigation skills. Or maybe you just fancy having a walk on the South Downs at night!

Our Skills Academy has been providing courses for individuals and groups for over 12 years. We pride ourselves on providing the very best customer service and individual attention to ensure our guests get the maximum benefit from our courses. We have a huge amount of experience and expertise in providing outdoor skills courses, and we are recognised as one of the leading providers in the region - please do take a look at our Testimonials

Learning outcomes:

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


3 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.


South Downs National Park, Near Midhurst, West Sussex

Course is limited to 8 participants