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Peak District – Dark Peak

The beautiful Peak District was the UK’s first National Park and is the site of the first mass trespass in 1932, opening up the hills for everyone as the start of the right to roam. So it really is the birth of hill walking in the UK!

Its 555 square miles is split to the north by the stunning Dark Peak, and to the south to the gentler, rolling and lower White Peak.

The Dark Peak is ideal for navigation training. Famous areas such as Bleaklow and Kinder Scout offer everything from gentle terrain and easy paths like the Pennine Way, to striking rock features and aircraft wrecks to find, up to large expanses of featureless moor for advanced courses, so your instructor can really help you hone your micro navigation. From gritstone crags, to reservoirs and wide cloughs and grouphs, the Dark Peak provides you a fantastic mix of terrain upon which to learn navigation at all levels, and right where it all started!

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Peak District – White Peak

Located in the south of the Peak District National Park, the White Peak contains the stunning and picturesque towns and village of Castleton, Bakewell, Monsal, and Monyash to name just a few. But its soft, gentle rolling green hills and dry stone walls also present unique navigation challenges as you cross wide open fields or traverse deep dales thickly lined with trees. The sheer beauty of the White Peak will leave you standing and starring, it is stunning.

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Lake District

The Lake District is the UK’s most beautiful place.  Voted for countless times, spoken about by Wordsworth and documented by Wainwright.  It has over 800 square miles of the most gorgeous countryside anywhere in the world.  From soft rolling hills to sharp ridges, long valleys, and England’s highest mountain, ScaFell Pike at 978m, the Lake District offers a lifetime of stunning hill walking.

Learn to navigate and improve your skills in the Lakes and enjoy outstanding beauty and the best of the UK’s scenery.  Climbing the list of Wainwright’s fells becomes a passion, and will provide countless memorable days on the hill.

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Borders and Tweed Valley

On the England and Scotland border, the hills are as fine as anywhere in the UK, but tend to be far quieter. You can spend days walking in the Southern Uplands and have the place to yourself! The Tweed Valley and nearby Kielder Forest are less frequently than many walking areas is UK, yet offer fantastic views, tranquil walking and differing terrain for your navigation course.

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Dartmoor

Dartmoor National Park, located in Devon has 954 square kilometres or rugged rolling open moors, with its highest tor High Willhayes 621m.  It’s a fantastic navigational challenge which the military have been using since the 1800’s & continue to do so to this day, extensively used by the Marines for their training & their famous 30 mile pass-out challenge in 8hrs for Marines & 7:30hrs for officers.

Dartmoor’s rich history has left an unusual amount of ancient stone rows, about 4,000yrs old, the remains of stone round houses 3,500yrs old & huge tin workings dug by hand about 900yrs old, which make great navigation opportunities.

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Exmoor

Exmoor National Park, located in north Devon and west Somerset has 691 Square kilometres, of steep, largely dense beech wooded valleys topped by open moorland, which runs right up to the Atlantic coast of Devon & Somerset, before crashing into the sea. Only 30 miles from Dartmoor, but a million miles away in terms of habitat & topography, it hosts what is considered to be one of the toughest Ironman triathlons in the country. The South West Coast path traverses through Exmoor, the longest footpath in Britain, 630 miles. When you have walked its entire length, you will have walked the equivalent of 4 ascents of Everest from sea level.

It offers great Navigational challenges, locating yourself along a coastal cliff or in deep forest requires some fine navigational skills.

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