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

Innocent Unplugged Festival

Thank you to everyone who came to my talk at the Innocent Unplugged festival in Kent - a fun crowd and brilliant questions. What a great concept - switching off for a weekend, the pain of digital withdrawal softened with great music, food and drink,…

Uphill, Downhill & Along the Tracks

Thank you to everyone who came to the talk at Stanfords in Bristol last night, great crowd. An additional thanks to Maria, from Spain. When I explained that the Dayak are forensically, passionately interested in gradient and see route choices in terms of uphill, downhill…

An Email from Canada

Occasionally I post some of the wonderfully varied and international correspondence I receive (with permission). My thanks to Paul at for this little gem of an email: ~I have a neighbor who is a farrier, and I was talking to him about how dry…

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.