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Map Reading for Walkers (National Navigation Award Scheme) Bronze Award) 2017/18

A practical course for beginners or those who want to improve their confidence.  Learn how to plan and navigate a safe walk in the countryside using a map and compass.  Understand the legislation regarding acess rights and responsibilities.  Know the country code and the procedures in the event of an emergency.  The course is a Friday evening lecture and two outdoor sessions.

 

The course dates are:
 
Friday 6th October - classroom training - Wilmslow Guild from 10am to 1pm
Thursday 12th October - outdoor training - venue and times to be confirmed
Thursday 19th October - outdoor assessment - venue and times to be confirmed

 

The Learning Outcomes

  • Navigate using a variety of maps and scales.
  • Use 4 and 6 figure grid references with worded descriptions to define the position of a map feature and to locate a feature on the ground.
  • Orientate the map using handrails, obvious point features and major landforms.
  • Use linear features (e.g. paths, tracks, clear boundaries) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
  • Relate prominent landforms such as large hills and valleys to corresponding contour information on the map.
  • Orientate the map by aligning a compass needle against grid north and be aware that magnetic variation causes an inaccuracy.
  • Use an orientated map to confirm direction of travel.
  • Use clearly identifiable features to confirm position along the route and to recognise when the target has been overshot.
  • Measure horizontal distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground using timing, pacing and simple visual judgements e.g.100m.
  • Plan and implement simple routes and navigation strategies based on the above skills.
  • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply simple relocation techniques using handrails and prominent features.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities and the Countryside Code.
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.
Venue Wilmslow GuildWilmslow Guild
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