Learn how to explore new areas with confidence on a day walk in the Peaks. This practical beginners' course is designed to equip you with the map reading and compass skills you need to plot and follow your own routes . You'll cover reading contours, measuring distance and taking bearings amongst other things.
What to Expect:
This practical course will focus on how a map relates to the land around you, enabling you to plot and follow routes. Depending on conditions and group fitness the walk could be up to 10 miles in length. The course will cover:
- The key aspects of map reading (setting, contours and scale)
- Basic compass use
- Rights of Way legislation (incl. how they're shown on the map)
- The Countryside Code
What to Bring:
- A good pair of walking boots
- Packed lunch and enough water for the day
- Waterproofs and spare layers
- A sense of direction!
Minimum Age: 13 (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
Course Provider: Pure Outdoors
Student / Instructor Ratio:8:1
Start/Finish: Thornbridge Outdoors
Transport: You will need your own transport to get to the start of the course.
Meeting Times & Logistics:
Please meet at the School of Adventure Meeting Point at least 10 minutes before the course starting time to meet your instructor and go through where you'll be heading to.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you require more information about the course or the Big Shakeout Festival, please get in touch.
No. You must have a valid Big Shakeout weekend ticket to participate in any School of Adventure Activities. Any orders for activities without a Big Shakeout weekend ticket will be cancelled and refunded.
The Big Shakeout Festival and all courses will operate in line with the latest government restrictions. If the festival or a course cannot be run due to Covid restrictions, full refunds will be issued.
We will do everything we can to make sure your chosen activity goes ahead, however in some circumstances a course may have to be cancelled due to weather or lack of numbers. In these cases we will either offer you a place on an alternative activity or refund.
You will receive an email confirmation with an order reference number upon completing your order. Your order number is your unique reference number, bring it along with you and present it at along with your name at the School of Adventure Meeting Point.
The Alpkit Foundation's School of Adventure has a packed programme, full of specialist courses with qualified instructors to either introduce you to new adventures or improve your skills.