1-DAY MAP READING COURSES IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES
With Mark Reid author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Good navigation skills are your passport to freedom on the hills.
Our most popular course – 1,037 people in past 7 years
Our Map Reading courses are enjoyable, informative and fun. Learning is informal and relaxed, with plenty of practical experience out in the Yorkshire Dales countryside.
Our Map Reading courses are suitable for everyone from novices to more experienced countryside walkers.
Our 1-day Map Reading course covers all of the key topics to get you on the right path to enjoy the countryside, from weather forecasts and essential kit to using a compass and navigation strategies. We cover around 6 miles over the day, following paths across farmland, valleys, riversides, woodland, hills and moorland.
DO YOU WANT TO..?
- Plan your own walks and understand weather forecasts
- Understand and visualise an OS map
- Learn how to use a compass to find your way
- Learn how to navigate properly
- Feel more confident in the outdoors
- Learn new outdoor skills
- Stay safe on the hills
CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
We meet at these great country pubs & cafes…
Askrigg, Wensleydale – White Rose Hotel
Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale – Aysgarth Falls Hotel
Bivouac, Uredale (Swinton Estate) – Bivouac Cafe
Burnsall, Wharfedale – Red Lion
Clapham, Three Peaks area – New Inn
Grassington, Wharfedale – Black Horse
Kettlewell, Wharfedale – Racehorses Hotel
Malham, Malhamdale – Lister Arms
Reeth, Swaledale – Buck Hotel
OUTLINE OF THE DAY
9am: Meet at the village pub to discuss the day ahead over complementary tea/coffee. Route planning, weather forecasts and key map skills.
10:30am – 5pm: Full day’s map, compass and navigation training in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk will usually cover around 5 or 6 miles over the course of the day, with plenty of rest stops and time to practice skills and ask questions.
5pm: De-brief back at the pub, and a well-earned drink!
View photos from some previous courses:
“Thank you for a very enjoyable and informative day yesterday. I learnt so much! Went for an 8 mile walk from Malham Tarn today and practised everything you taught us yesterday. Husband most impressed when I was able to identify which of two paths to take using my compass!!” S. Yule
“A fabulous day out in the Dales; learning, sharing and laughing. I’d recommend the course to anyone who enjoys walking in the countryside: no matter what your existing skill level, you can learn something new.” B. Crookes
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England; he also has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster. Mark Reid has walked over 20,000 miles of footpaths over the 20 years, and has taken over 10,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE & FITNESS
- No experience required. Full training and guidance will be given. This course is suitable for beginners.
- All walks are tailored specifically for each group according to your needs, aspirations, experience and fitness levels. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times.
- We usually cover around 6 miles over the course of the day, and there will be plenty of rest stops to learn new skills. The terrain we will be walking across will include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, moorland, hills and valleys, tracks and lanes, as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions.
- We can provide full walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves & hats.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 10,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our courses are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the activity by their parent/legal guardian.
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