Map Reading Courses in Essex

"But Essex is flat" I hear you cry... why run map reading courses in Essex?

Well, north Essex isn't... not the bit that makes up the Essex / Suffolk borders. The Colne Valley, near Colchester, is definitely a valley and therefore it has curves, it has slopes, it has relief - and enough hills to make some people puff! It is also superbly pretty.

This is why I have chosen this area as it is ideal terrain for people to learn map reading and compass skills to get the best from undertaking their NNAS Bronze navigation training and assessments.

So, within easy reach of London, if you would like to learn to read a map read more here



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Kerry is TopDog at NNAS Bronze Navigation!

During June 2015 Essex based Kerry, TopDog Trainer, successfully undertook NNAS Bronze Navigation training and assessment through Compass Hill Skills.

Kerry had found out about the map reading and compass skills course held in Essex via the National Navigation Award Scheme website

Click the link to read Kerry's report of her experience of the NNAS Bronze Navigation Course 



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Ordnance Survey Maps

Great News!

Ordnance Survey have announced that from now when you buy a 1:25,000 scale Explorer Map you will also receive a digital version for use on your smartphone or tablet etc. Not all 1:25,000 Explorer Maps are available with digital download yet as the series is being released in stages. - but most of the National Parks are covered so far.

Although we highly recommend using paper maps and have the training and relevant skills to use them, having a digital map version is a very good 'nice to have' - especially when it is included in the price.

To read more please follow this link: Ordnance Survey Maps with Download




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NNAS Navigation training

So what is NNAS Navigation training?

A structured programme of Personal Navigation Skills training courses, accredited by the National Navigation Award Scheme, to enable Map Reading and Compass skills for adults who wish to extend their ability to walk and explore more in the countryside - safely.


Compass Hill Skills offer NNAS Bronze courses - giving 18 hours of tuition and assessment over 2 days. We offer our NNAS Silver courses over 2 or 3 days depending on requirements.

We operate our NNAS Navigation courses within easy reach of London on the Essex / Suffolk borders, and NNAS Silver courses in Kent, Derbyshire, Brecon Beacons. We will soon will offer NNAS Gold courses in Derbyshire, The Lake District and Snowdonia. 


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Welcome to Compass Blog


Hi and welcome to Compass Blog.

We will be posting here with regards to all things hill walking, navigation, training, ventures and expeditions.

We aim to share our experiences, trips and tips with you and hope that you find it informative and will interact by posting responses.

Thank you and enjoy :-)


Safe walking



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