Take the Road Less Travelled, Practical Map Reading and Walk Planning, Princes Risborough (0502)
Start dateOctober 28 2023
Price£5 per Adult, Children under 17 yrs free.
It’s not widely appreciated that in Great Britain we have the best maps, suitable for navigation, of most countries in the world. In the Chilterns we also enjoy the most extensive network of footpaths found anywhere in England. All that is needed is to put the two together and you’ve got a walk.
We will navigate ourselves around a scenic 4.5 mile walk, through the typical Chiltern terrain of fields and woodland, 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) 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.
Besides the map and compass described earlier, participants will need to be properly dressed for a country walk in our unpredictable weather. Participants need to bring enough fluids for the afternoon.
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.
There is a public toilet at the meeting point.