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

Where the Rocks Aren't

I spent a very enjoyable Friday evening at the Hornet Services Sailing Club in Gosport. I was there to listen to a talk being jointly hosted by the sailing club and the Royal Institute of Navigation, titled, 'Where the Rocks Aren't." The title is a…

TGO Awards - Thank You!

A huge, huge thank you to everyone who voted for my book! Last night, The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs won "Book of the Year" at The Great Outdoors Awards 2015.

Protein Compasses Found in Fruit Flies

A team from Peking University have discovered that fruit flies have clumps of proteins that are sensitive to the Earth's magnetic field. This is not quite as arcane or arbitrary as it sounds. Fruit flies are studied for a number of reasons, but one of…

How to Find Your Way Out of a Maze or Labyrinth

There is a simple method for finding your way out of a maze or labyrinth: Touch the wall or hedge with the hand nearest to it, left or right. Keep that same hand touching the wall and keep walking. This may take you on a…

BBC The One Show

I did a bit of instructing for BBC1's The One Show last Friday. If you missed it you can catch up on iPlayer (for a few weeks at least). The segment starts at about 23 minutes in.

Marvin Creamer Monument

For those who do not yet know the name, Marvin Creamer, he is the American sailor, "noted for having sailed around the globe without the aid of navigational instruments. Between 21 December 1982 and 17 May 1984." (from his Wikipedia entry). An interesting email just…