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.
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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