Practical Map Reading (around Hedsor) (1204)

Saturday 24 Oct ~ 1:30 PM

If your only need is to know your exact position at any time, then it's best to buy a GPS and trust there is a sufficient satellite coverage and (for some Smart Phone apps) a 4G network. However, if you want to plan an interesting walk around your local area, and then do the walk without fear of getting lost (most of the time), then it's very handy knowing how to get the best out of a map. 
We will navigate ourselves around a scenic 3.5 mile walk, through typical Chiltern countryside by field and woodland paths, using common navigation techniques. We will also familiarise ourselves with the useful bits of information a map can give, not only useful for knowing your position on the map, but also useful for helping you to plan walks. During the walk we will also introduce some compass techniques, which, while not usually necessary for Chiltern walks, will definitely be worth becoming familiar with, for walking in more remote areas. 

Route Details

3.5 miles
4 hours
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)



Meeting arrangements

Meet at Wooburn Manor Park Car Park Wooburn Town, HP10 0PL, Grid ref SU910 878

Walk Leader

Stuart Fletcher. Stuart Fletcher lives on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. As a walk leader for over 30 years, he likes to roam through the beautiful landscapes they offer, pointing out interesting things to people.

Public Transport Links

Wooburn Park car park is on the 37, High Wycombe to Maidenhead bus route, operated by Arriva. (Please follow Government Covid 19 guidelines and only use public transport where absolutely necessary.)

Family Friendly

This is primarily a practical guide on how to get the most out of a map and compass. It will prove useful for adults who want to get out walking and exploring more by themselves and for teenagers embarking on Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes. Some of the basic techniques will be picked up easily by children.

Dogs Welcome

Dogs on leads welcome


This is an afternoon's walk through a working countryside. It involves some steep slopes and stiles and the possibility of muddy and wet tracks. The walk is not at all arduous but participants need to be fit enough and prepared for English weather variations.

Further Information

Participants will need to bring the OS Explorer Map (1/25000) 172, Chiltern Hills East, available from W H Smiths and other high street stores. Those who want to embrace compass skills will also need a compass. The Silva range of compasses is recommended.Besides the map and compass, participants will need to be properly dressed for a country walk in our unpredictable weather. Participants need to bring enough fluids for the afternoon.The nearest public toilets are in Bourne End, approximately 1.5 miles from the meeting point.

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