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

BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards

The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs has won the BBC Countryfile Magazine "Country Book of the Year" Award. A huge, huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!

Uranus, Venus and Mars in the West

My thanks to Kevan Hubbard for the following message: "There is a very impressive alignment of Uranus, Venus and Mars in the west at present, shortly after night fall. You get the see the dimmest and brightest naked eye planets in one field! The moonlight…

Weather Forecasting with Bees

My thanks to Michael Adam, a bee keeper for contributing to the discussion about the relationship between bees and weather. After reading the page on Weather Lore on this site, he sent me this: "Regarding the bee-crowding saying under your weather signs - Probably partially…

Using Lichens to Navigate

This is a photo of the top of a historical stone post, known as a 'staddle stone'. Staddle stones were used to build barns off the ground, in order to protect them from rodents and water. In this picture there is a beautiful example of…

The Gegenschein

Whenever light hits particles, either in our atmosphere or in space, some of that light is scattered and some of it gets reflected back relatively strongly in the direction it came from. Think of shining a torch in a dusty room. Those either side of…

Far From the Madding Crowd

My thanks to Elwyn Waugh for drawing my attention to this lovely passage in Thomas Hardy's, 'Far from the Madding Crowd': The lamb, revived by the warmth began to bleat, and the sound entered Gabriel's ears and brain with an instant meaning, as expected sounds…