Using Map and Compass

A half-day entry level course that serves as a foundation for our other navigation courses. Run on a location in Stirlingshire. Times to suit -- please get in touch with your requirements.

Who Is It For?

This course is for anyone who wants to begin learning to navigate. We will look at the basic tools and techniques in a classroom setting and then go out for a practical session.

The course is suitable for both walkers and runners (no running involved), and can be organised on 1:1 or group basis (max group size 4).


The course aims to introduce its participants to the key tools and techniques used in navigation. After the completion of this course, the participants will be able to independently develop the use of these through ongoing practice.


  • Understanding and reading maps (types of UK outdoor maps, map scales, making sense of contour lines),
  • Understanding and using the compass (how the compass works, north and the magnetic declination, taking and following bearings, back-bearings, triangulation),
  • Estimating distances (pacing, timing).


  • Appropriate clothing and footwear for a brief outdoor session on easy, but uneven, and possibly wet, ground.
  • Compass (must have a lined base plate and a magnifying glass; Silva Type 4 compass is highly recommended, but Type 3 / Ranger is OK); maps will be provided.
  • Stopwatch (any cheap stopwatch will do).


  • £35pp
  • £25pp for a group booking of 2+

Prices are inclusive of VAT.