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

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,…

Shortcut Clues in the Clwydian Range

I had a bit of fun on a short walk in the beautiful Clwydian Range of hills recently, using a very simple technique that hovers between natural navigation and tracking. Whenever you are following a path and feel that it is not taking you exactly…

Paul Kirtley Podcast

At the end of 2014 Tristan did a podcast interview with the bushcraft instructor, Paul Kirtley. It can be found here. There is a lot of great info and a growing number of other interviews on there too. It is well worth checking out Paul's…

BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards

The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs has won the BBC Countryfile Magazine "Country Book of the Year" Award. A huge, huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!

Uranus, Venus and Mars in the West

My thanks to Kevan Hubbard for the following message: "There is a very impressive alignment of Uranus, Venus and Mars in the west at present, shortly after night fall. You get the see the dimmest and brightest naked eye planets in one field! The moonlight…

Weather Forecasting with Bees

My thanks to Michael Adam, a bee keeper for contributing to the discussion about the relationship between bees and weather. After reading the page on Weather Lore on this site, he sent me this: "Regarding the bee-crowding saying under your weather signs - Probably partially…