Natural Navigation

Natural navigation is the rare art of finding your way using nature, including the sun, moon, stars, weather, land, sea, plants and animals. It is possible to navigate naturally on land, sea or even in the air.

Tristan Gooley’s approach to the subject is unique in that he does not view it as a survival skill, but as a means to enrich journeys and connect with the world around us. Fortunately very few of us are likely to ever find ourselves in a survival situation, but we all spend some time outdoors. This time can become fascinating if we take our eyes off the GPS, map and compass for a few moments and ask the simple question, ‘Which way am I looking?’

Tristan Gooley has written three books covering natural navigation:

The Natural Navigator

The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs

How to Read Water

Steps in Learning Natural Navigation:

1. Have a browse of this website, explore navigating using the sun, moon, stars, water, plants and animals.

2. The website contains lots of good stuff, but if I come across something really good I don't always put it up here. I hold it back for my email newsletter or books. You can sign up to the free newsletter at the bottom of the page and unsubscribe instantly at any time.

3. If you're serious about learning how to navigate using nature then I'd recommend reading one of my books or coming to a talk or on a course.

Formal training in natural navigation is very rare and students of this art are guaranteed to learn things that almost nobody else they come across will know. The courses that Tristan runs and his books on the subject are therefore ideal for those who want to learn a unique skill, whether they are undertaking a journey or staying closer to home.

Explore the Wonderful World of Natural Navigation

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Toponymy in Oman

The Gooley family are just back from a week's holiday in Oman. It was mostly sun, sand and swimming, but we did venture into the interior for a bit of a look around. We passed this characterful hill ridge. Have a look at the photo…

The Paperback is Out Today!

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The Cuckoo Flower - a sign of damp ground

The Cuckoo Flower (cardamine pratensis), a.k.a. Lady's Smock, is out near me. It is easily identified by its early blooming and four pale pink petals. It thrives in grassy places near rivers, streams and ditches. If seen in large numbers it is a sign of…

Meridian Change Following Brexit

A leaked EU Commission document confirms that the Prime Meridian, the line of zero degrees longitude may be moved east to Paris following Brexit in 2019. Academics have broadly supported the move, saying it makes sense and will help with the harmonisation on the continent.…