Introduction to Navigation

You're new to hillwalking and want to be able to navigate confidently.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

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Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Let our friendly, highly experienced instructors show you every aspect of basic navigation from symbols, scales and grid references to ground shape, measuring distance, taking bearings and using a compass.

Take in the spectacular Snowdonia scenery as we get you ‘out on the hill’ to learn .It’s the perfect course to equip you with the basic skills to explore the mountains with confidence.

The Objectives 

  • You’ll gain confidence in your navigation skills, going from having no knowledge at all to a basic understanding of navigation.
  • You’ll get to learn practically, ‘on the hill’ with our highly experienced instructors.
  • You’ll enjoy two days of fantastic hillwalking and the fantastic atmosphere at Plas y Brenin.

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What To Expect 

As this is a very practical course, most of your learning will take place ‘on the hill’ so expect two full days out hill walking with time spent inside kept to a minimum.

Experience Required 

No experience required, no need to worry if you’re completely new to hiking.

How Should I Prepare 

As you will be out on the hill for two days we recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness. If you have any questions regarding ability level, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss them with you.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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Expert Tuition

You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Explore Eryri

Your experience will take place in the heart of the extraordinary Eryri National Park. Our National Outdoor Centre features accommodation, a bar, dining, and more. And while you’re here, why not check out some local gems?

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Develop a Passion

Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.