Introduction to Navigation

Just starting out in the outdoors or got a bit of experience and want to what to do with the map? This day's introduction to navigation will show you the basics of how to interpret a map, relate it to the ground and simple use of a compass.

Course Aim

To introduce participants to the techniques and principals of map reading. The day should give participants the knowledge needed to be able to navigate using paths, tracks and ground features in simple terrain.

What's in the course?

We will look at the following:

  • Map scales and types
  • Orientation of the map using the ground
  • Using features for navigation
  • Locating yourself
  • Grid references
  • Basic compass use
  • Distance measurement
  • Use of guide books
  • Safety in the outdoors


There is no assessment, the day is purely teaching based on a circular walk of about 7 miles.

What experience do I need?


What equipment do I need?

Please come equipped for a day's walking with waterproofs, boots or walking shoes, rucksack, food and drink. You will need to bring an Ordnance Survey Explorer map, 1:25000 OL30, Yorkshire Dales Northern and Central areas

Course Dates and Venues

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