Outdoor Skills

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 – 1,107 people in past 8 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:

July 2018 – Kettlewell
March 2017 – Malham
June 2016 – Kettlewell
March 2015 – Malham 
July 2014 – Grassington

TESTIMONIALS

“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

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This includes:

  • Tea/coffee when we meet in the morning at a country pub
  • Full day's navigation, map and compass skills training
  • Detailed course notes
  • Use of our Outdoor gear if required
  • OS map and compass for the day
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward scheme
No previous experience required. Please provide your own packed lunch. Courses held on Wednesdays & Saturdays.
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