Orienteering, map reading & navigation courses



uk flagPlas y Brenin
based: Conwy, Wales, UK
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The National Mountain Sports Centre at Plas y Brenin offer a number of orienteering courses for
coaches and teachers as well as offering bespoke orienteering as one to one coaching or as a group course.
| navigation/orienteering | Wales |


uk flagWild Wales five star Featured Site

based: Conwy, Wales, UK
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CompassOutdoor weekends and holidays in North Wales, walking, hiking and map reading; enjoy walking the hills with an experienced guide, learn about Celtic history, plants and wildlife, or try your hand at map reading and navigation.

| walk/trek/hike | navigation/orienteering | historical | botanical | weekends/short breaks | groups | Wales |


uk flagBreathing Space Outdoors

based: Scotland, UK

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Nordic walking breaks in Scotland; also map reading courses for women.

| power/nordic walking | women | navigation/orienteering | Scotland |


uk flag Dragon Mountain Skills

based: Gwynedd, Wales, UK

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Friendly, professional instruction in mountaineering, climbing and adventure activities in North Wales.

| climbing/scrambling | winter skills | navigation/orienteering | Wales |


uk flag Peak Navigation Courses

based: Peak District, UK

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Wide range courses including specialist map reading courses for mature walkers, moorland and night navigation and making the most of a GPS.

| navigation/orienteering | England |


uk flagRock & Ride Mountain Skills

based: Gwynedd, Wales, UK

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Exceptionally high quality mountain skills training, navigation courses, coaching and guiding in Snowdonia.

| climbing/scrambling | mountain biking | mountaineering | winter skills | navigation/orienteering | Wales |


uk flagWhite Rose Orienteering Weekend

based: County Durham, UK

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The UK's leading orienteering holiday weekend, organising a range of races and events in the North York Moors forests and dales each August.

| navigation/orienteering | England |



The definitions ...

map and compassThis Travel-Quest section concentrates on holidays, courses and short breaks offering instruction in the skills of map-reading, navigation and orienteering. Courses that deal with the use of maps, compass work and the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.


The section is within our walking, hiking and trekking category, so 'navigation' is restricted to land based, and in particular, mountain navigation. It also covers winter navigation so will include courses that deal with map-reading in the ice and snow conditions encountered by ski mountaineers, winter climbers and winter walkers. For water-based, river, lake and ocean navigation courses see our water activity sections, here.


Courses will often set users up to create from scratch their own walking holidays or mountain trekking trips, wherever they might want to go in the world. However there are also many, many pre-prepared self-guided walking and hiking trips on offer, these will generally provide maps and routes, but good map-reading and navigation skills are generally also required – we have a great selection of this sort of trip here.


Orienteering holidays



This section also covers orienteering holidays and courses. Orienteering is a specialist map-reading and navigation sport or activity, where the aim is for participants to navigate between several control points marked on a dedicated orienteering map. It can be enjoyed as a fun recreational activity for all ages, or as a competitive sport. Orienteering can take place anywhere, be it remote moorland and forest, a city park or even urban streets. Many places have permanent orienteering courses set up to be used at any time.