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

Architecture and Navigation

Wherever you are in the world, there are some simple principles applied by architects and a few of these are relevant to natural navigators. It doesn't matter if a building is ancient or modern, a home or a business, the person responsible for designing it…

Light, Life and Direction

Take a close look at the picture above. Notice how there are areas of with low plants - in the foreground - and areas of taller plants - in the middle distance. The taller plants are the light-loving plants, like nettles and brambles. The lower…

Starry Night over the Rhone

I'm currently reading an amazing biography of Vincent van Gogh, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. It's funny how, when you read about a subject you are not an expert in, you take everything on faith. There is not much point reading a book…

2nd Reprint & Guardian

I just learned that The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs is into its second reprint, which is great news as it enters its third month of life. A huge thanks everyone who has bought a copy, I hope you are having fun with…

All Walks of Life

When I'm asked what I love most about natural navigation, my answer is usually in two parts: I love the diversity of the subject, astronomy to botany and most things inbetween. And I love the diversity of those who find it interesting, from special forces…

Noctilucent Clouds

My thanks to Captain JP for sending over photos of the rare phenomenon known as 'noctilucent clouds'. These pictures were taken by JP in the middle of the night from London. Noctilucent clouds are very high formations of ice crystals. They require water vapour, dust…