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

Our Motives for Moving

I've written in the past about the way our motive for travelling will have a bearing on our perception and experience of the journey itself. We only have to find ourselves late for a meeting on the other side of town to sense the world…

Reflections - A Longer Interview

I've been doing a few interviews for US radio stations recently. Typically they last about ten minutes and can only be superficial. Recently I made my way through a cold wet evening to a studio in the small West Sussex village of Warningcamp, where I…

When a Low Pressure Goes Through

There have some intense winter low pressure systems barrelling onto UK shores recently, going by the name of Storm Angus. Below are some images that paint a picture of what happened to the air and water as this low hit central southern England. They show…

Monsieur Creosote

An interesting email in from Alban Cambe in France: Hi Tristan, I think I might have uncovered a new clue to South... I was walking home from the post office when I noticed the telephonic poles in my street where slightly different if they were…

The Direction Ducks Land

My thanks to my fellow Fellows at the Royal Institute of Navigation for drawing my attention to some research that slipped past me a few years ago. Hynek Burda, of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, led a team of 11 zoologists in…

Newsflash: Price War

Something of a pre-Christmas price war going on out there at the moment. How to Read Water is being discounted by 75% by some retailers. No idea how long it will last.