Introduction to Navigation - find your way in the Great Outdoors! (2402)

Thursday 21 May ~ 10:00 AM

Open your eyes to a whole new world! This inspiring one day course is a great introduction to map reading and the navigation skills you need to enjoy a great walk in the countryside without reliance on a phone app. We help you to make sense of the map and gain the confidence to plan and follow an interesting route along recognised paths and tracks. Our day starts with tea/coffee in the Village Cafe, Goring, learning how to get the most out of our maps and to introduce the compass. Mid morning we set off to navigate a walk and develop your knowledge and skills - map & compass provided and you will receive plenty of expert guidance and tips as we go. We return to the cafe to sum up the day.

Route Details

5 miles
6.5 hours
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)


£30 for adults

Meeting arrangements

Meet at The Village Cafe (Chocolate Cafe), High Street, Goring, RG8 9AY. Village car park, Wheel Orchard, Station Road, RG8 9HB

Walk Leader

Philippa Sanders. Philippa shares her passion for the Chilterns to give you a unique and rewarding walk experience. Pipsticks Walks offers inspiring special interest guided walks, Nordic walks, team walks and navigation training. Programmed activities and bespoke services available. Find us at

Public Transport Links

Train: GWR Goring & Streatley (Reading to Oxford) Bus - local bus

Family Friendly

Minimum age 16


Paths narrow, rough or steep in part.

Further Information

Please bring food and dring for person consumption during the day (or purchase in cafe)
We will walk about 5 miles during the day. Good paths and tracks over grass/dirt/gravel. May be muddy in parts. Some hills, steep in part.
Map and compass is provided for your use during the day.

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Programme PDF

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Our Sponsors


This project has been part funded by the The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Chilterns LEADER programme. The grant received through this programme has helped make these festivals happen. 


Complete Outdoors are our primary sponsors for 2018 & 2019. At their Bourne End (Herts) shop, you will discover all of the equipment, clothing and accessories you need to launch your next expedition into the great outdoors - whether a day's hike close to home, or an assault on the Matterhorn.


A family owned and run Henley brewer and award-winning pub company which has been at the heart of British life for over 200 years. Many of the company's 132 pubs are located in picturesque rural and town centre settings across The Chilterns.


A membership organisation dedicated to conserving, celebrating and caring for all of the Chilterns’ unique landscape.





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