Practical Map Reading The art of not getting lost (most of the time) (1201)

Saturday 17 Oct ~ 1:15 PM

We will navigate ourselves around a 4.5 mile walk, through the typical Chiltern terrain of fields 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 achieving that comfy feeling that you get when you know your exact 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

Capacity
8
Distance
4.5 miles
Duration
4.5 hours
Pace
moderate
Difficulty
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)

Price

Free

Meeting arrangements

Meet beside the M&S Food Hall car park, New Road, Princes Risborough, HP27 0AW, Grid Ref SP809 034. There is Pay Parking at this car park but free parking is available around Princes Risborough.

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

Princes Risborough is well served by the London to Birmingham Chiltern Line railway and by the Arriva 300 and X30 bus services.

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

Accessibility

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) 181, Chiltern Hills North, 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.
Participants should be properly dressed for a country walk in our unpredictable weather and need to bring enough fluids for the afternoon. 
There are public toilets at the start and finish, but only opportunities offered by secluded bushes thereafter.

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Our Sponsors

GRANT FUNDER

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. 

PRIMARY SPONSOR

Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel is our prime sponsor for the Chilterns Walking Festival. The hotel is ideally located with lots of walks and rides from the doorstep, including the Ridgeway National Trail, the Icknield Way and the Chilterns Cycleway close by. There are circular walks too taking you up into the beechwoods and the nearby Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve. The Lambert Hotel welcomes walkers and cyclists, it is an ideal stop-off for lunch or tea and is a great touring based for those staying over. The hotel is located near J6 of the M40 and there is a 24 hour bus service (the Oxford Tube)between London and Oxford which stops just a few minutes walk from the hotel. 

SECONDARY SPONSOR

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.

SECONDARY SPONSOR

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

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