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Open the Map Course

1 DayOutdoor Skills

Activity

Course

Availability

All Year

Guided

Qualified Instructor

Region

North Downs, South Downs

Terrain

Downland, Forest, Heathland, Meadow

Walking Days

1

Grade
Suitability

Couples, Experienced Walkers, Family, Group, Solo Walkers, Beginner

£65.00

  • MTA Qualfied Instructor
  • Learn a new outdoor skill
  • Be confident to explore the countryside
  • Stunning countryside locations
  • Use of maps and compasses included
  • Cotswold Outdoor Discount

A practical one day introduction course aimed at those with little or no experience of using a map and compass.

Held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the aim of this fun introduction to navigation is to enable you to navigate safely and competently and be confident enough to start exploring on your own - we want you to enjoy learning those new essential skills!

Learning is informal and relaxed, with plenty of practical experience out in the countryside, within a small group of up to 8 people. We cover around 4 to 6 miles each day, following paths across farmland, valleys, riversides, woodland, hills and moorland in the Sussex countryside.

Learning Outcomes:

  •   Introduction to the map
  •   Understanding scales and symbols
  •   Orientate the map with and without a compass
  •   A basic understanding of contours and matching landforms
  •   Measuring distance on and off the map
  •   Grid references
  •   Direction of travel and land features
  •   Introduction to setting compass bearings
  •   Choosing simple, safe routes
  •   Understanding the Countryside Code and access rights
  •   Understanding the weather
  •   The right equipment
  •   Safety outdoors

Duration: One full day (typically 09.30-16.30)

Location: West Sussex section of the South Downs or the Surrey Hills

Course is limited to 8 participants