Mountain Navigation for Photographers

Learn the skills you need to navigate safely and confidently during the summer in Britain’s awe-inspiring mountains. This practical outdoor workshop will teach you about map reading, how to use a compass and route planning. During the day we will look at:

  • Maps, scales and symbols
  • Grid references
  • Understanding contour lines
  • Measuring distance, pacing and timing
  • The compass, setting the map, taking and walking on a bearing
  • Route planning – hand rails, catching features, attack points & aiming off
  • Using the map to plan for better photographs
  • Open access and ‘where you’re allowed’
  • Navigating in bad weather and poor visibility
  • Emergency procedures

No navigation experience is needed, although experience of some summer hill walking and familiarity with an Ordnance Survey map would be useful. Fitness for a day of hill walking is required.

Mountain navigation for Photographers can be booked as either a one day or two day course. The two day course provides additional time to practice and consolidate your practical skills and is highly recommended. Each day will last approximately 7-8 hours and I am happy to include some time for mountain photography. I can also incorporate early morning starts or late night finishes allowing for sunrise, sunset and “Golden Hour” photography. Returning in the dark after photographing the sunset provides a fantastic opportunity to test your new navigation skills.

Please remember to bring a head torch – a complete equipment list will be provided at the time of booking.

Thick cloud on the Corridor Route - Scafell Pike. Mountain Navigation for Photographers Course

One-to-one Mountain Navigation for Photographers and small group courses

The Mountain Navigation for Photographers course is available on a one-to-one or small group basis. This allows me to tailor your course to your specific requirements, skill level and interest. It also enables the arrangement of early and late starts providing access to the magic hours when the light is at its best and the most stunning images can be captured. Whatever you decide I will do my best to ensure a high quality and enjoyable day.

1 Day Course Costs : one-to-one tuition £180.  Small Groups: 2 people £220.

2 Day Course Costs: one-to-one tuition £340.  Small Groups: 2 people £420.

Please e-mail your preferred dates to book your day(s) and arrange payment.

Young people under the age of 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Cloud appears suddenly on Glaramara. Mountain Navigation for Photographers Course

One or more days

If you want to practice your navigation and consolidate your new found skills than an Escape and Create photography day, a guided mountain walk or a Wild Camping and Photography course provide an ideal opportunity – as the saying goes “practice makes perfect.” If you book two or more courses together you will receive a discount of 10% on the combined cost.

A snow covered Pen-y-Fan fromCraig Cerrig Gleisiad a Fan Frynych is a National Nature Reserve. Mountain Navigation for Photographers course


My photography courses are booked without accommodation allowing you to choose exactly what you prefer. A large range of accommodation is available in the Lake District and we are happy to help you organise this. You could also consider booking a wild camping and photography course on a one-to-one basis. This is especially enjoyable and beneficial in the summer when the sun sets late and rises early. Please visit our Wild Camping and Photography page for more details.

Mountain Navigation and Photography beyond the Lake District

If you wish to explore an area outside of the Lake District please contact me by e-mail or phone for an informal chat about your requirements. I am a regular visitor to Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons and just love visiting and photographing Britain’s wild places.

Gift Cards

One-to-one workshops and group courses make memorable gifts. If you book a one-to-one workshop or group course as an inspirational gift or for a special occasion you will be provided with a downloadable voucher containing details of the day. Full day (£220) and half day (£120) gift vouchers are available.