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 several books covering natural navigation:

The Natural Navigator

The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs

How to Read Water

Wild Signs and Star Paths

Steps in Learning Natural Navigation:

1. Have a browse of this website, explore navigating using the sun, moon, stars, water, plants and animals.

2. The website contains lots of good stuff, but if I come across something really good I don't always put it up here. I hold it back for my email newsletter or books. You can sign up to the free newsletter at the bottom of the page and unsubscribe instantly at any time.

3. If you're serious about learning how to navigate using nature then I'd recommend reading one of my books or coming to a talk or on a course.

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

The Point Key

Thanks for reading my books, Dan, and for your interesting email. Tristan, I am enjoying your newest book [Wild Signs and Star Paths / The Nature Instinct] , it’s full of great insight and very entertaining. I find myself quoting some of the portions to…

Anthocyanins, Sunlight and Navigation

It is that time of year. As the other pigments are drawn back into the plant, the red, orange and yellows of the anthocyanin compounds remain. The leaves of the dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) were once as green as the oaks. The intriguing thing from a…

Is this Grass Blue or Green?

My thanks to Peter Gibbs for another fascinating email. You can see our exchange below. If you have your own different interpretation, do please get in touch. ------- Glad you liked the spiders web picture. Looking back I remembered I had photographed the same effect…

Reindeer Lichen and Wild Feelings

I live in the chalk hills of the South Downs. On my daily walks over these hills I am always greeted by familiar alkaline-loving flora. But if I head a little north there are areas of acidic soil in places Duncton and Lavington Common. The…

How to Navigate with Spiders' Webs

Animals help us navigate in lots of ways. They form both compasses and maps for us. The map is formed in a similar way to the method we use with plants: if we understand the habitat and ecology of an animal or a plant then…

New Podcast Interview and Vehicle Tracks on Grass

I recently ran a course for Leanne Spencer of Bodyshot Performance. At the end of the course we did an interview for her podcast. You can hear the whole wide-ranging half hour interview by going to this page. During our course we looked at lots…