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

Darting About

My thanks to all who came to the talk in Princetown, organised by the Dartmoor National Park Authority, on Tuesday. Great audience, lots of love for the outdoors in the room! My thanks also to Richard Drysdale, manager at the DNPA, for taking the time…

Paperback Cover

The cover for the paperback of The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs has been finalised, hope you like it. It comes out on 21 May.

Alpaca Navigation Request

My thanks to Chris and Vicki at Spring Farm Alpacas for booking a natural navigation course last week. I have never run a course amongst alpacas before and struggled to think of a way they might help with navigation. If anyone out there has come…

Sun Dogs and Leaping Lambs

I'm just back from an evening stroll in the Peak District, catching the last of the sun. On my walk I met some leaping lambs and also some slightly rarer creatures: a pair of sun dogs. Have a look at the bright, rainbow-coloured patches either…

National Coastwatch Institution

I recently spent an enjoyable and informative couple of hours with the team at the St. Alban's Head Lookout Station in Dorset, part of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI). The NCI is a voluntary organisation that aids in the preservation of life at sea. The…

Prevailing Winds, Caribbean-Style

One of the few golden rules in natural navigation is this: make sure you get to know the winds in the area you are travelling. As this photo of a tree in Barbuda shows, once you know which way the winds have been been blowing,…