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Map Reading and Simple Navigation - Introduction - Centre based

Day of week:
Tonbridge Adult Education Centre, Tonbridge
Mixed Level
09:30 - 16:30
1 week

This course takes place outside -
For walks of any length in unfamiliar places, the use of a map is advisable if not essential. Apart from giving navigational information they provides endless hours of fascination.
The course is designed to provide theoretical and field practice using 1:25,000 scale mapping and a compass to navigate in the countryside. It will give confidence to those who have just started to learn to navigate or those whose skills have lapsed over time. At the end of the course you will be able to:
*Interpret features shown on a map and relate them to those visible in the landscape you are navigating
*Follow or utilise linear features to aid navigation: paths, tracks and other linear features (roads, water courses and fences).
*Set your map in the field by relating to the features around you and by using a compass
*Create and follow compass bearings
*Demonstrate more confidence in your ability to relate distance travelled on the ground to that shown on the map - using the Roman scale on your compass and pacing

The course is delivered by our partner Stuart Howard

How will I be taught?

There will be an initial explanation, supported by a PowerPoint presentation and practical exercises during the morning, based within the dry and comfortable Adult Education Centre. The afternoon will consist of an outside practical session ‘in the field' to put into practice and recap the skills learnt - it will take place in Penshurst. The tutor will carefully note your progress and advise on an individual basis.

What do I need to bring with me?

Things to bring:
* Pen and notepad (though handouts will be provided on which you can make notes)
* You may wish to bring a packed lunch
* Suitable footwear for comfortable walking in Tonbridge and surrounding countryside
* Waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather during outside practical session
* (if you have them) Explorer map No 147, a compass
Note: we will have spare (waterproof) maps and compasses for the practical elements.

What can I do next?

The follow on course are the National Navigation Award Scheme - Bronze or Silver Award. Your tutor will have more details. We offer a range of courses in walking and outdoor pursuits including Bushcraft, Night or Dawn walks, longer 5 mile walks called Walk Kent - Tunbridge Wells and other courses based in the Great Outdoors. Please see the website for details:

What do I need to join the course

The course is designed for beginners or those with a little experience who want to refresh their skills. Anyone may join who has an interest in taking charge of their own navigational abilities rather than trusting to luck or GPS. We will start from the basics.

Getting to your course

Find us

Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Avebury Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 40 25* and quote the Course Code TON/92014/J/NC.