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Eastfield Lodge Navigation and First Aid Course

Eastfield Lodge Navigation and First Aid Course

Three Days & Four Nights in the glorious Yorkshire Dales
March 2018 – Monday 26th to Friday 30th
£450 per person

Stay at Eastfield Lodge – charming hospitality, superb breakfasts and delightful en suite bedrooms.
Enjoy three days in the Dales National Park on the National Navigation Award Scheme (Bronze) & Basic First Aid Course

Despite the recent warm weather in the UK and having left sunshine and dry conditions at the base of Buckden Pike (702m) last week, I encountered very different conditions and very suddenly as I neared the summit. Thick fog, high winds and rain made it a hostile place to be and I was glad to have packed my map and compass, but mostly relieved that I felt confident to find my route in poor visibility and competent enough to navigate myself off the mountain in these unpredictable conditions. I was able to relax and enjoy the walk, even if not the views.

Amongst our recent walking groups, a number of people have expressed an interest in a basic navigation course with a days first aid training in order to feel happier to take family and friends out in just such circumstances. We have therefore set up two specific dates to run courses which will result in the completion of the National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze and a Basic First Aid Course Certificate. All instruction is professionally delivered with 2 instructors between up to 16 people, most time out in magical Wensleydale as well as a comfortable stay at Eastfield Lodge with 2 and 3 course dinners, a hearty Yorkshire breakfast and packed lunches, all equipment and maps supplied and, I suspect, a great deal of laughter and enjoyment.

Eastfield Lodge is a delight. Hosted charmingly by Henry Collett & Penny Knight, nothing is too much trouble and you will soon feel at home here. Henry & Penny have taken the house to new heights in recent months, upgrading most of the eight en suite bedrooms and introducing delightful and unassuming hospitality touches, which make such a difference to your stay. Visit England awards the house with 4 stars and TripAdvisor awarded Eastfield Lodge with it’s certificate of excellence for the sixth year running in 2017. You can read the wonderful guest reviews on Tripadvisor by clicking here.
The lounge is perfect for relaxing with fellow walkers, whilst the bright and sunny dining room has hosted many a sociable breakfast and dinner over the years. In addition, there is a Maps & Information Room, a drying room and ample parking.

The itinerary is available in the tab above.

Interested?

This course is running from 26 – 30 March 2018. To book a place, please contact Viv at the Collett’s Mountain Holidays on 01799 513331 or Henry & Penny at Eastfield Lodge on 01969 623196 – Otherwise, please make an enquiry online by clicking here.

The Itinerary

Eastfield Lodge Navigation and First Aid Course

Monday – Arrival

All arrive at Eastfield Lodge in the afternoon for homemade cookies and tea in the lounge. Join us in the evening for pre-dinner drinks and delicious canapes before a two-course dinner to get to know each other better. David and Penny will enlighten you on the details of the course and be on hand for any questions throughout dinner. The weather may have an influence on the order in which we do the course but this itinerary should be a good guide.

Tuesday

Basic Navigational Skills
After a good breakfast, we will cover a small amount of map theory before heading off locally in the Dales to start our navigation syllabus. This includes maps and scale, grid references, reading the land features and contours, orientation specific skills with ample opportunity to practice and gain confidence. With a maximum of 16 guests to two instructors we should be able to hone these skills. Packed lunches will be enjoyed on the hills before further consolidation around the table at the end of the day with tea and cake.

Evening – Tonight a three-course dinner will be served with wine included to relax after the concentration of the day.

Wednesday

First Aid Training
Breakfast will be cleared to allow the dining room to be transformed into a first aid centre which will provide the venue for both theory and practical. In order to prepare you for incidents in the hills, the training will include some scenario based practical which, weather permitting, will take place outside. The first aid course will include dealing with incidents related to breathing, bleeding, breaks and burns. It will be an intense programme to cover in one day but with time to practice and discuss. Lunch that day will either consist of a packed lunch or a buffet depending on our expected location at that time.

Evening – Once bandages have been removed and splints safely stowed away, another delicious cake and hot showers are in order before a two-course supper is on offer and very much deserved.

Thursday

Basic Navigational Skills
After a route planning session, there will be a chance to refresh the skills learnt on Tuesday as well as to learn new skills of accurately measuring distance, timing and pacing, relocating and direction finding. Later it will be necessary to finish in the “classroom” with a look at equipment, legislation and access rights and a summary of the syllabus. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion. Certification will follow before an optional trip to sample some local Yorkshire gin or a pint of Wensleydale Ale.

Evening – For our last evening, Henry will arrange for us to dine at a local restaurant in the market town (Pay individually) where you can celebrate your success and plan your next hill climb!

Friday

A leisurely breakfast before departure.

Interested?

This course is running from 26 – 30 March 2018. To book a place, please contact Viv at the Collett’s Mountain Holidays on 01799 513331 or Henry & Penny at Eastfield Lodge on 01969 623196 – Otherwise, please make an enquiry online by clicking here.

Prices

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Walking BreakfromtoPrice (2 sharing a room)*Price (single occupancy)
New Year 2016/17 - Click Here SOLD OUTFriday 30 December 2016Tuesday 3 January 2017£395 - SOLD OUT£575 - SOLD OUT
Easter - Click Here - SOLD OUTFriday 14 April 2017Tuesday 18 April 2017£375 - SOLD OUT£525 - SOLD OUT
May - Click Here SOLD OUTMonday 22 May 2017Friday 26 May 2017£375 - SOLD OUT£525 - SOLD OUT
September - Click Here SOLD OUT10 September 201714 September 2017£375 - SOLD OUT£525 - SOLD OUT
New Year 2017/18 - Click Here - SOLD OUTSunday 31 December 2017Thursday 4 January 2018£395 - SOLD OUT£575 - SOLD OUT
Navigation and First Aid Course - Click HereMonday 26 March 2018Friday 30 March 2018£450 - 7 Double Rooms Left!£650
Easter 2018 - Click HereMonday 2 April 2018Friday 6 April 2018£395 - 6 Double Rooms Left!£595
Three Peaks Walking Break - Click HereMonday 23 April 2018Friday 27 April 2018£395 - 2 Double Rooms Left!£595
Prices*Are per person, based on two people sharing a room.
Dogs WelcomeSupplement £10 one off charge *Specific rooms only - Contact us for details.
DepositNon-redundable £100 deposit per person at time of booking.

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