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

The Difference Between Mist and Fog

Thank you to everyone who has come to my talks on How to Read Water recently. The morning after the Dartmoor talk, I took the opportunity to do a little natural navigation exercise on the moor. It would have been rude not to. There was…

Daisies Pointing South

A nice example of daisies pointing south. Seen from above this effect is often hard to spot, but when our eyes are level with the daisies, it can be quite pronounced.

Waterfront Podcast

I'm honoured to have been interviewed for the inaugural Waterfront podcast from the Canal and River Trust. You can listen to my interview with the award-winning David Bramwell here:

More Beautiful Sun Dogs

My thanks again to Alan Gibson for sending over some great images. These are sun dogs or parhelia and parts of a "22 degree halo". They are created when the sunlights refracts through ice crystals, creating colourful effects a couple of fist widths from sun…

The Taste of South

A big thanks to everyone who came on the course in Enfield last week. And not least to Austin, who made me aware of this little gem, posted by the forager, Monica Wilde: I haven't had a chance to test this yet, but I plan…