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Navigation for trail runners weekend

Peak District, 27-29th September


Runaway Adventures has teamed up with NAV4 Adventure to provide a Navigation for Trail Runners weekend in the Peak District.

We will be learning the basics of navigation and using a map and compass on the trails. If your navigation strategy is to follow the person in front of you then this might be the ideal event for you!

This course will give you the skills to start navigating on your own - ideal if you want to run further afield or enter one of the many unmarked trail marathons that require navigation skills.

What is it?

This will an accessible event for runners of all levels. The emphasis will be on learning the basics whilst enjoying ourselves on the trails. We won't do much running on day 1 but on day 2 we'll put the skills to use.

See below for more details on what we cover.

Key details

27-29th September
From 17:00 on Friday 27th
From 16:30 on Sunday 29th
Hope, Peak District National Park
See options below
Train to Hope or drive
£160 + transport & accommodation
Group size

What we cover

The course will run for two days between 10-4.

Day 1 will include basic compass use, understanding maps and the landscape.

Day 2 will take us further off marked trails and paths and will include "Help, I'm lost!" scenarios, and discussion on mountain safety.

At a minimum we will cover the following:

  • Basic map symbols
  • Scale and distance.
  • Grid References
  • OS Locate
  • Contours and contour interpretation
  • Compass basics.
  • Bearings with a compass
  • Direction / Distance / Terrain / Time application.
  • Relocation
  • GPS or no GPS
  • Route Choice
  • Planning a route
  • What if - re-relocation
  • Emergency procedures
  • Getting help - MRT / ambulance

Course instructors

The course will be led by NAV4 Adventure, one of the countries leading mountain running experts.

NAV4 will provide two coaches for the course, one of which will be Marcus Scotney, a elite ultra runner who has represented England & Team GB at 100km races and has an impressive collection of race victories under his belt, including the 2017 Dragons Back Race (315km).

Rough itinerary

Fri 17:00 Arrive at accomodation
Fri 19:30 Meet for drink and group dinner
Sat 10:00 Navigation course start
Sat 16:00 Course end day 1
Sat 19:30 Group dinner
Sun 10:00 Navigation course start (day 2)
Sun 16:00 Course end, day 2
Sun 16:30 Departure

Outside of the the course timings you are welcome to whatever you wish. We will most likely organise a few additional short group runs, but these are optional.

Travel & accommodation

The will be based in and around Hope which is accessible via train, journey time is approximately 2h40 (with a change in Sheffield).

Journey time in the from London will be around 3 hours, if there are a number of people driving there may be a chance to car share.

For accommodation there are a few options around Hope depending on your budget and preference:

  • YHA Castleton Losehill Hall (Bunkhouse) - Shared room £30/night, private room £59/night
  • Camping - There are multiple campsites very close to the above bunkhouse
  • B&B/Hotel - There are also plenty of options for something more upmarket within Hope Valley

Once you have secured your place on the trip you would be responsible for booking your own accommodation.


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