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Navigation Course Ambleside – becoming more skilled and efficient in the mountains


Navigation Course Ambleside - Walking on a bearing on pathless terrain

Navigation Course Ambleside

Earlier this week we had the pleasure of running an introduction to Map & Compass skills course for Lona-Marie.

As she was based at the High Close YHA in Langdale, we based the day from there, and were able to walk from the door.

But as always, these courses start with some introductory map skills at base. So we poured over a 1:25000 scale Ordnance Survey map of the area, pointing out key features (including the Key!) and the concept of a Grid system.

Before setting off we also looked over the Harveys/BMC map of the Lake District, for comparison purposes.

We then set off onto the open hillside above the YHA and aimed for Silver How and beyond. En-route we introduced a number of skills that are useful for navigating on the Lakeland Fells. These included: Orientating the map; Identifying topographical features; Measuring distances with pacing & timing techniques; Using map & compass together; Taking a bearing and walking on it. We also discussed aiming off and attack points as additional skills that can prove useful.

Although rain had been forecast, we didn't see any all day, which was a bonus.
We left Lona-Marie back at the hostel with plenty of plans for the coming days. Hope it all came good 🙂

These courses are suitable for anyone wishing to feel more confident about heading out onto the Lakeland Fells (or other UK mountains). We tailor the day to suit participants so whether you're a complete beginner or have some knowledge of map & compass already, we can set the itinerary and skills to best suit you.

For more about our Navigation Courses have a look here





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