Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Map Reading and Navigation Courses in The Derbyshire Peak District.

Dark Peak Map and Silva type 4 Compass

Being able to read a map and to navigate gives you the freedom to plan your own routes and give up using books of walks.  Scouring the map finding places of interest then planning your own route is so much more rewarding than following a book! Take for example Bamford Moor in the Peak District, it has two stone circles but no path marked on the map to either of them.  If you know how to read a map you can make a fabulous circuit from Ladybower’s Heatherdene car park and visit them with stunning views over the reservoirs, Win Hill and the Derwent Valley.

Peak Navigation Courses run two introductory level Map Reading and Navigation Courses that will leave you equipped for planning and undertaking such a route:

1st Steps to Map Reading and Navigation Course
A Day courses taking you from the very basics of map reading with a mixture of classroom sessions and two walks one through fields and the other over easy moorland.

 A Day course that spends about 1.5 hours in the classroom looking at the basics of map reading before heading out putting navigation skills into practice on terrain a little more demanding than the 1st steps course.

Peak Navigation run a range of more advanced courses too including a Night Navigation course (3 hours) aimed at looking at the slightly different techniques required to navigate in poor visibility.

Both the 1st Steps to Map Reading and the Introduction to Moorland Navigation Courses are based from Foolow in the Peak District National Park.  Mike and Jane who run Peak Navigation Courses are both qualified International Mountain Leaders and Rock Climbing Instructors and have been running navigation courses since 2005.
Introduction to Moorland Navigation Course