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

Parallax, Judging Distances and Blowpipes

An email just in: Hi there Tristan, Just finished The Walkers Guide.....Excellent. In it you mention parallax [in a section about how you judge distances by watching how your finger moves, as you open and close your left and right eyes]; this was very interesting,…

Cricket Wicket Alignment

Thank you to everyone who came to my talk and on the walk at The Good Life Experience festival in Flintshire on Sunday - great crowd! Whilst on the walk, someone (thank you, Richard) pointed to the cricket ground and said that cricket wickets are…

From Top to Bottom

I usually encourage people to scan for outdoor clues by looking from top to bottom - astronomy, weather, ground - and the reason can be seen in this photo. It's always worth having a good look to see if the sun, moon or stars are…

Puddle Delight

A nice email arrived today: Hello, Having purchased and read ‘The Natural Navigator’, I wanted to express how much I enjoyed and got from the book. Being in the outdoors a lot, I was able to go out and look for the features in the…

The Great Outdoors Mystery

To celebrate the publishing in the US of 'The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs', I have written the following short piece. The Great Outdoors Mystery From our love of Sherlock Holmes, through crosswords and jigsaws to Scooby-Doo and Sudoku, a pattern emerges. Humans like…