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Navigation Discovery Day

An easy introduction to maps and map reading for novices with little or no experience of navigation in the hills

  • Distance: 4 – 6 miles /6 – 10km  (approx.).
  • Ascent: 400/1300ft (approx.).
  • Difficulty:  Easier.
  • Great For: Beginners or those wishing to build confidence with map reading skills.
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 16 to 1700 each day. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish:  Hathersage Area, Peak District. Final confirmation when you book.
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£60.00

SKU Navigation Discovery Day Categories ,

Description

An easy introduction to maps and map reading for novices with little or no experience of navigation. It’s a relaxed, fun day where participants learn together and discover how to plan and follow a route as we walk. You will be in a small group of no more than five participants plus your tutor.
We’ll cover:

  • Maps, symbols, scales and grids.
  • Using a map with the real world.
  • Using map features to find your way on paths and tracks.
  • Measuring distance and time.
  • Introduction to the compass.
  • Relocating your position.
  • Planning a walk.
  • Knowledge of the countryside code.
  • What to wear and staying safe.

Additional information

The Walk

An easy introduction to maps and map reading for novices with little or no experience of navigation. It's a relaxed, fun day where participants learn together and discover how to plan and follow a route as we walk. You will be in a small group of no more than five participants plus your tutor.

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

In addition to the Essential Kit List on our What to Bring page, please bring:

  • The relevant 1:25000 OS Explorer Map – we’ll let you know which one when you book. You can order maps online: Shop Ordnance Survey
  • A decent base plate compass, with map measuring scales and a magnifier. E.g. Silva Ranger, Silva Expedition 4, Suunto A-30 Compass or similar.
  • A waterproof map case.
  • A water-resistant watch or phone with stopwatch function.
  • For night navigation courses only, a durable, bright head torch with fully charged or spare batteries.

If you are struggling to get hold of any navigation items, we may be able to advise or lend you items. Just contact us.

Meeting and Parking

The meeting time is 0915.  We usually meet in the Hope Valley near Hathersage. We’ll let you know when you book.

Coming by Bus or Train
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby we’ll give you a free lift.

Facilities

We’ll ensure we meet at location where there is a café, toilets and parking. Final confirmation when you book.

Walk Difficulty

This is an Easier Walk on this course.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

We have created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.