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 two books covering natural navigation:

The Natural Navigator

The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs

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

Port Eliot Festival

A huge thanks to everyone who came to my talk at Port Eliot Festival last week and to the Idler Academy for inviting me. Port Eliot is one of the great festivals. And it's enhanced by the richness of the clues available in the nature…

Credit where it's due... in the Chianti vineyards

I end a lot of my courses, walks and talks with the joke, "You've now unwittingly signed up to be part of my extended research team." - Many a true word spoken in jest! There is nothing nicer than learning of a new technique, perspective,…

The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs

'The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs', the US edition of 'The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs', has just been published in the US. It has been revised with any local variations in plants and animals wherever possible. We share the sun, moon,…

Horsham Park

My thanks to Leon Winnert for sending in this photo from Horsham Park. The picture was taken in the middle of the day, so no prizes for using the flowers to work out that we're looking close to east - too easy! But did you…

Snail Trails

My thanks to everyone who came to my talk at the Lichfield Festival on Tuesday. A wonderful audience and enjoyably challenging questions. An additional thanks to Nick Hardwick who got in touch after the talk: "Thank you for your talk at the Lichfield Festival today,…

Lavender - lavandula

Lavender enjoys full bright sunlight, so it will not be found on the north side of walls, trees or anything else throwing lots of shade. And as you can see in this picture, this lavender knows which side its bread is buttered, as it leans…