Run | Navigation For Runners

  • duration:
    1 Day(s)

  • instructors ratio:

  • booking cost:
    £70.00 PP

course info

Navigating is often perceived as a dark art of witchcraft that requires in-depth knowledge and high skills for it to be effective. Thankfully this is not true and learning how to navigate can be a straightforward and fun exercise that will give you the confidence to venture further into the outdoors.


Who is this course aimed at!

This one-day course is ideal for people with little or no previous experience of using the map and compass or those looking for a refresher after some time away. This course is also ideal if you’re looking to take on an orienteering race, trail race or any competitive event where some navigation is required.


What will we look at on the day
  • Map fundamentals (Map types, features and icons)
  • Navigation fundamentals (How to use the map and compass)
  • How to navigate efficiently when running
  • Re-location and finding where you are.
  • Strategies for navigating on the move.
  • Fun orienteering game (Find the flags) at the end of the session to put it all into practice.  


How fit do you need to be!

You don’t need to be an athlete to attend this course, just some previous trail running experience and the ability to run around 10km on trails. We have plenty of stops throughout the day, walk the big uphill’s and guarantee that you will have an awesome day running in the outdoors.

If you’re an athlete or competitive mountain runner looking to develop your mountain navigation please get in touch and find out how we can help you!

If you're looking to get into trail running why not check out our Trail Running Weekenders where you can look at all the skills you need to run in the hills and receive coaching. [Click Here]



All of our courses follow Welsh government guidance and will ensure we can maintain 2m social distancing throughout the course. We have also decided to reduce the instructor ratio to 1:4 to ensure our clients feel safer in smaller groups.

course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information

Private Instruction

Can't find what you're looking for? Why not hire an instructor for the day on a date to suit you. Click below for more information.

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Hiring one of our instructors privately is the perfect choice when you’ve got a specific aim in mind, whether it’s to improve your personal skills, have an unforgettable guided experience with a group of friends or tick off an objective you’ve had in your sights for a while.

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My partner and I booked Matt for two days mountaineering instruction so we could learn how to use ropes on climbs that were out of our comfort zone. We had a fantastic two days and Matts structured approach allowed us to take it all in and practice all the techniques over and over again. We both now feel more confident to take on more adventurous scrambles. Thanks Matt

Andy and karren

Excellent day with matt scrambling over crib coch. Faboulous and patient instructor, highly recommend .

Anne Brown

Fantastic day on the Back to Basics Navigation course with Matt. Very well organised and learnt a lot. Matt was very professional and great at teaching the skills with lots of patience and encouragement. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to other courses in future. Highly recommended.

Chontelle Wright

A great day out learning how to use a map and compass with Matt. His teaching style gave us just the right amount of information without feeling overloaded. I would highly recommend Matt !


Just got back from a fantastic weekend with Matt on the Welsh 3k and couldn't have asked for a better time. We had blue skies and cool air so it wasn't too hot and the views were simply incredible. Matt set a great pace allowing us to push our limits but never going beyond what we were capable of and we finished in 18 hours 32 mins. Hes a top bloke and I would certainly recommend him and The Mountaineering Company to anybody. Thanks again Matt. You will certainly see us again next year no doubt!

Chris Mansell

We attended a navigation course today with Matt. He was fantastic, can’t rate him highly enough! We had no knowledge at all, but have come home feeling confident and ready to tackle our adventure! Thank you Matt for a fabulous, fun day

Claire Black

I thoroughly recommend Matt as a leader & guide. I experienced an exhilarating & fun day with a super group doing Matt's Ogwen Classics day. Matt managed our mixed levels of ability & confidence with a calm, encouraging, alert & purposeful manner. He inspired confidence through recognition of our efforts & shared his knowledge & experience to support our skill development. The day passed all too quickly!

Ferne Davies

Awesome day with Matt teaching my 11yr old son and I the basics of climbing. Very patient and approachable would highly recommend Matt to anyone with an interest in rock climbing. Really fun day enjoyed by all!

Ian Roberts

All I can say is amazing!! Never scrambled before Matt looked after us supported us though the scary bits and made the whole day brilliant.

Karen Williams

Had a fantastic weekend with Matt on the mountain skills course - he is really friendly + approachable, and tailored the two days to what we enjoyed + wanted to learn. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to build their confidence with mountain hiking + navigation!


Recently attended an intermediate rock skills course in the Peak District. Really great weekend and excellent fun. Matt is a top bloke; very knowledgeable and just the right amount of laid back. Allows all the information to really sink in - effective teaching!

Matt Pomfrett

Excellent day out with Matt on my first ever Scramble. I found it pretty tough in places but Matt was always there to put me at ease, offer instruction and with his support I made it to the top. Would highly recommend to others.

Polly Hornby


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