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Navigation (Beginners)

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Muiravonside Country Park (Main Car Park, EH49 6LW)

Main Car Park

Muiravonside Country Park

Near Linlithgow

EH49 6LW

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There are 6 free places on this course run by Falkirk Community Trust. Places are open to Ramblers walk leaders.

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Navigation for Beginners 

The emphasis of this course will be on learning how to navigate on pathed terrain using map alone. Compasses will be used, but only to orientate the map, find rough directions and aid in taking grid references. The course will cover:

  • Understanding map scales and use to plan and estimate the duration of a walk from a map
  • Ability to time a walk
  • Understanding access rights
  • Understanding map colours, symbol and keys/legends and basic contours
  • Understanding how to orientate a map using features or a compass and determine direction of travel
  • Ability to re-plan short parts of routes on the move in response to changing circumstances
  • The benefits and limitations of digital mapping and GPS devices in pathed terrain
  • Understanding and applying the use of tick, handrail and catching features
  • Understanding how to provide a 6-figure grid reference to give accurate location for emergency services and meet up points
  • Understanding contours and how to identify up and downhill, gradients and major land features
  • The parts of a compass and their use
  • How to take a bearing along a linear feature

The day will be spent outside and therefore please come prepared for rough walking, but no significant climbing is planned. This is November so remember the weather may be wet and windy; waterproofs and a warm layer are recommended. A packed lunch and drinks will also be needed. Please bring your compass.

The group will meet in the Main Car Park at Muiravonside Country Park, near Linlithgow, West Lothian for a 09.30 departure.

Falkirk Community Trust fully complies with Scottish Government Coronavirus guidelines.

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Muiravonside Country Park (Main Car Park, EH49 6LW)

Main Car Park

Muiravonside Country Park

Near Linlithgow

EH49 6LW

United Kingdom

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