Map Reading & Walking
Lead Contact: Sheila Talbot Tel: 01242 602325 or 07706 920863
This is a set of six 2-hour sessions, occurring weekly on a day to suit the group. The set of sessions is repeated whenever there is enough interest. typically a group is from 4 to 10 people.
The group leader has experience as a Cartographer and Countryside Access Adviser and is a trained walk leader, but the whole group gets involved and be prepared for homework! The sessions cover everything from understanding map scales, grid lines, contours, map symbols and grid references, using a compass and understanding what the landscape will look like from studying a map.
Once we have helped each other and grasped the basics, we move on to planning a walk using just a map, writing a description of the walk, then we move outdoors to tryout some of the walks and test the descriptions. We also discuss boots and clothing, what equipment to keep in your rucksack, basic health and safety outdoors and any other related topics that crop up. By the end of the six weeks you should feel more confident about heading off for a walk and managing to get home again in one piece!
Feedback from the first six sessions was very positive. People overcame a lifelong fear of compasses and grid references, felt more confident about using a map and had a lot of fun doing it!
Contact Sheila for more information.