Accessibility Statement

About the Silva Navigation School Accessibility Statement

The Silva Map and Compass Courses is run by Pete Hawkins, an experienced mountain leader (summer) qualified walking guide and writer with over 32 years experience of teaching and leading groups around the world. The courses are designed to teach walkers, mountain bikers and others who need accurate navigation in the countryside, essential map and compass skills.

The courses are open to all, but potential participants should be are that the courses are practical in nature and involve at least two walks per course. Whilst allowance can be made for individuals with specific needs it is important for individuals to assess for themselves whether they are able to walk up to ten miles per day on rough, sometimes steep ground


  • Advice is available by phone (01298 872470) or by email ( Pete Hawkins is happy to advise you on your likely suitability for the course although he can accept no responsibility should it be beyond your physical capabilities.
  • Tideswell is on several bus routes linking it with nearby towns and cities including Buxton, Chesterfield and Sheffield all of which have railway stations. Details of how to get to Tideswell are available from

Evening Navigation Talks

  • The courses are run from The Anchor Inn, situated on the A623/Tideswell crossroads. There is car parking at the pub and level access (one small step) to the inside including the lecture room where the evening talks are held. The room is accessible for people with a wide range of disabilities including people in wheelchairs.
  • It is possible to join in just the evening sessions and not complete the walks, although the awarding of a certificate of the National Navigation Award Scheme will only be possible if all the criteria of the course are met. (See for details).

Navigation Walks

  • The majority of the weekend course is outdoors and practical. Navigation walks are up to ten miles in length and take place on footpaths and open moorland. Underfoot conditions are rough and sometimes steep and slippery. Stiles are frequently encountered and some paths are on steep, exposed terrain.
  • Additionally, courses are run throughout the year in all weathers.
  • Navigation walks are assessed for suitability and safety depending on the level of the course and the perceived ability of the group and individuals within it.
  • Participants should satisfy themselves that they fit enough to participate in a course. They must inform the course leader and their group leader, if different, of any medical condition that may affect their ability to participate safely in the activity.Additional Information
  • Whilst smoking is permitted on the walks it is generally discouraged especially during times when the landscape is at risk from wildfires. Smokers should ensure they take their used cigarettes away with them and not discard them.
  • Dogs are welcome during the walks if well-behaved and kept on a lead. Owners are reminded the Peak District is a sheep and cattle area.
  • All outdoor staff employed by The Silva Navigation School are trained First Aiders and have appropriate minimum outdoor qualifications (Summer Mountain Leadership Certificate and above) and experience.

Contact Information

Silva Navigation School, Jaret House, Queen Street, Tideswell, Derbyshire, SK17 8JZ

Tel: 01298 872470
Mobile: 07811 191456
Hours of operation: N/A

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Latest Version created: March 2018


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