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

Horsham Park

My thanks to Leon Winnert for sending in this photo from Horsham Park. The picture was taken in the middle of the day, so no prizes for using the flowers to work out that we're looking close to east - too easy! But did you…

Snail Trails

My thanks to everyone who came to my talk at the Lichfield Festival on Tuesday. A wonderful audience and enjoyably challenging questions. An additional thanks to Nick Hardwick who got in touch after the talk: "Thank you for your talk at the Lichfield Festival today,…

Lavender - lavandula

Lavender enjoys full bright sunlight, so it will not be found on the north side of walls, trees or anything else throwing lots of shade. And as you can see in this picture, this lavender knows which side its bread is buttered, as it leans…

Love in a Mist - Nigella damascena

The striking 'Love-in-a-Mist', nigella damascena, may appear unusual, but it is actually a member of the not too exotic buttercup family. It is a popular cottage garden plant, but in natural navigation it is a sign you are approaching civilization as it is a disturbed…

Thank You

A big thanks to everyone who came on the course at Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire on Friday and the walk at the Weald & Downland Museum in West Sussex on Saturday. With a little help from planetarium software, lemons and plenty of fresh air, we…

Midweek on Radio 4

Tristan joined Chi-Chi Nwanoku, Colin Rosie, Ingrid von Oelhafen and Tim Tate on Libby Purves' Midweek programme on BBC Radio 4 recently. If you missed it, you can catch up here.