Free Navigation Training Resources
Here we have collected together an array of navigation training resources free for you to utilise online at home or to practice with out in the hills. There is a selection of walks to try at all levels, a map reading quiz to have a go at, and a selection of videos which we think might be just right for those of you new to navigating and map reading independently. Enjoy!
1. Download these free resources and learn your map symbols
There’s no point guessing what you’re looking at! A good starting point for any map reading course is learning to read a map: and that means learning what all those symbols mean. A good place to start is with the OS Explorer 1:25K maps. As you advance with your navigation skills you’ll learn that the OS 1:50K maps are excellent too, and because many people also use Harvey’s Maps to get them round the hills, we’ve included those also.
2. Watch this selection of short films to get your navigation training off to a good start
3. Test your knowledge with this quiz!
A key part of being able to read a map is understanding the symbols that are presented to you. Two popular maps people use for map reading in the UK are the 1:25K Explorer Maps and the 1:50K Landranger Maps. How well do you know your maps? Give this quiz a try and see how you do!
4. Try navigating these suggested Peak District walks
Here we present for you recommended routes to practice and consolidate your newly-found map and compass skills on, from the basics at Bronze to the advanced stuff at Gold. (Note: the Gold walks include resources for the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Lake District).
5. Try Orienteering
These are free open orienteering resources aimed at anyone who wants to have a go at orienteering. Perfect for getting kids outdoors and exploring this great activity in your local park. (Gradually I hope to add new courses and by all means please feel free to get in touch for requests).
These courses have all been set up virtually – (though you do need to go outside to complete them). You will need to use the free app from Sporteering to collect your points (see below). Enjoy!
- Ten ways to be better at map reading
- 10 Ways to Be Better at Map Reading for Mountain Bikers
- Map and Compass beats a GPS Device Every Time. Here’s Why
- British Orienteering – permanent orienteering courses
- Recommended equipment / kit for walking in the UK
- What to pack in your first aid kit
- Outdoor First Aid – Five items of essential first aid kit for the outdoors
- What to do in an Emergency Outdoors
- Hill and Mountain Weather Advice
- Top Tips For Footcare
- Top Tips to Get Your Children Walking
- Walking boots: a new approach
- Five Grade 1 Scrambles to Get You Started
- Five Top Tips to Help You Pass ML Assessment