The Natural Navigator
Get ready to leave behind your map and switch off your GPS with this glorious introduction to the art of finding tyour way using natural clues
Starting with a simple question - 'Which way am I looking?' - The Natural Navigator blends natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel to introduce you to the ancient art of finding your way using nature’s own sign-posts. From the pattern of a puddle to the length of a shadow, it's amazing what you will find pointing the way when you start looking for the signs.
Tristan Gooley has spent years practising and teaching natural navigation as a way of enriching journeys and reconnecting with the world. With his help, you'll learn why some trees grow in a particular shape and how they can help you find your way in the countryside. You’ll discover how the Ancient Greeks used the stars to chart their course, and how some cultures continue to do so. You'll learn how to find North simply by looking at a puddle. You'll even find out how natural signs can be used to navigate in the heart of the city.
Praise for The Natural Navigator
The Natural Navigator is a wonderfully stimulating book. Tristan Gooley sidesteps technology to celebrate our own powers of observation, and suggests that the art of natural navigation is something we should never have forgotten.Michael Palin
Gooley is a fine writer with a philosophical passion for the subject ... his advice is at times glorious in its simplicity and fascinating in its execution ... his advice is so well structured that even enthusiastic amateurs will find plenty to get to grips with.Laurence Mackin, Irish Times
You enjoy the walk more if you're trying to spot the little clues rather than look at the map.Evan Davies
Wonderful... This is the sort of charming and inspiring book you want to recommend and buy for others. A must for any lover of the outdoors.Tim Jepson, Daily Telegraph
The best nature writing changes the way you experience the world. Tristan Gooley's The Natural Navigator will teach you how to find your way using not just the moon, sun and stars but spider's webs, tennis courts and even ruts on a track. He throws in entertaining anecdotes from the history of navigation and from his own impressive Atlantic journeys, but really he's giving you an addictive hobby, and a newly refined sense of time and place.The Sunday Times
The perfect book for getting you started on your own adventureSir Ranulph Fiennes