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Wild Heather

Wildheather; a passion for teaching the skills to understand where you can hike, how to use different maps and scales, planning routes, and how to navigate to where you want to go. We can extend your learning with the compass, map knowledge, contours and land features.  I can advise on the kit you would need and what to take with you; for day walks or camping trips, including wild camping.

Wildheather provides the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) as a course director and NNAS tutor, Lowland Leader training/assessment and Expedition Module (NGB courses from Mountain Training), individual and group navigation training. All training includes an emphasis on safety and aspects of the Leave No Trace ethos.  All accessible from London by train.

I am a qualified Mountain Leader and teacher based in East Berkshire.  I work as an outdoor instructor and freelance Mountain Leader.

Please note that social distancing measures will be followed during any training.

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Courses, Workshops & Breaks in the UK

Please ask if you would like some advice about where to go or to discuss any ideas that might have. I hope you like my photographs of some of the places I have been too.

Wild Heather | Lowland Leader
Lowland Leader

I run courses around London, areas such as Marlow, Henley, Chesham, The Ashridge estate and Box Hill contact me to discuss booking.  If you would like to book a different date as an individual or you have four or more candidates; I can arrange a time and area to suit you. £130 per candidate.

Training:  14-15 November 2020, 6-7 February 2021
Assessment: 12-13 December 2020, 20-21 February 2021

Expedition Module is a camping course add-on for the Lowland Leader award.   Please ask me for details, courses will be running west of Marlow. 

Wild Heather | NNAS
NNAS Courses

Wildheather provides three NNAS courses; Bronze, Silver and the NNAS Tutor award.  From the basics to improvers, to those would like to teach navigation themselves, we can discuss training to suit your needs. 

Challenge yourself to complete a National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) course. Here are some suggested dates below or contact me for a date which suits you.  Bronze £110, Silver £130 

24-25 October, 20-21 November, 30-31 January 2021 (Bronze) Marlow, Bucks and 22-23 October, 8-9 December, 9-10 January 2021 (Silver) Ashridge Estate, Herts 

NNAS tutor award 29 November 2020


Wild Heather | Navigation
Navigation workshops

I have one to one clients, small groups and families (for example with children taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award). A family friendly day. Contact me for more details.

From the basics to improvers.  Training can be taylored to your requirements, here are some suggestions:

setting the map
detemining direction - using map and compass
details along the route
tick off and catching features

We can extending training to cover

more compass work - bearings
map knowledge
contours and land features

All courses will look at access, safety, responsible walkers, planning routes, Countryside Code, leave no trace

Wild Heather | Testimonials
Breaks in the UK

If you would like some ideas about where to go and how to plan longer walks please contact me.


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