Test Your Navigation Skills on These Peak District Walks
We have set up these walks for people to try out their new-found navigation skills following the attendance on one of our Hill Skills & Navigation courses.
The walks are graded by difficulty as Bronze level or Silver (see below). For each walk, mark up the route on your own map. Consider where it might look a bit tricky. Have a think about how you might make the walk shorter or longer. Think about which scale map might be best for the given route – if you have more than one map, look at the routes on all the maps you have. Finally, check the weather, pack the right kit for the day, and go out and give it a go. Maybe, come back with a friend, a partner, or a HOT date and see if you can impress them with your navigation skills too!
Listed below are several routes to try which are graded by difficulty as follows:
These walks should be relatively easy to navigate following paths and bridleways all the way. They have been set with the graduates of our Bronze Hill Skills and Navigation courses in mind. Do expect to need to look at your map and to need to make some decisions along the way. You will need to:
- Be able to plot the route from this web-page to your map
- Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.
- Orientate the map with and without a compass.
- Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.
- Follow linear features (e.g. paths and tracks).
- Estimate distance on both map and ground.
- Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation.
- And just in case it all goes a bit wrong, you need to be able to relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails!