Low on confidence when it comes to map reading when you're out walking? Always let someone else do the navigation? Even worse - maybe you've been told that WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS! Well, our course will build your confidence, empower you to take control of your walk and demonstrate that WOMEN CAN READ MAPS!

Using a range of innovative teaching methods, we'll show you how to read any map with confidence, and how, and when to use a compass. Learning these skills will help build your self-reliance and lead to a better understanding of all types of map reading - from a road atlas to an Ordnance Survey map.

We've decided to offer this course based on comments from many women who have attended our navigation courses over the years, who have expressed an interest in learning to navigate on a course alongside other women. To avoid accusations of sexism......... you can also find out about a standard Navigation Courses here

Learning to read a map is like learning a new language, but you'll be pleased to know it's not Latin! It's a simple and easy language that uses colours, shapes and directions alongside a few new words and phrases. It's a language you can learn in a weekend.

We run the course in a variety of locations (see below for more details) and you can book on a residential or non-residential basis. The course kicks off with a short introduction on the Friday evening, followed by two days of training and finishing at approximately 3.30 on the Sunday. (Some midweek dates are available as well).

On Day 1 you'll learn how to read maps - road maps, Ordnance Survey maps, guide book maps, treasure maps (!) - any map you like! You'll learn about map scales, which map to use for which task, about symbols, colours and shapes. You'll also learn about walking routes and how to apply your map reading skills to a walk. You'll learn about the magical "3 D's" of navigation. After an indoor introduction, most of the day is then spent learning while we're out walking.

Day 2 after a short intro, will see you putting your new-found skills into practice, and we'll be doing lots of practical map reading. We'll also be taking a look at using a compass. Which compass should you get? When do you need to use a compass? What's a compass bearing? Knowing when to use your compass is critical, and you'll find it has many uses beyond taking a bearing. At the end of this day you'll be able to measure distances with your compass, know when it's time to use it and you'll be able to take bearings and follow them.

You'll leave this course a confident map reader and you'll also leave armed with a range of revision and practice exercises that will hone your skills further. We also provide detailed course notes that back up the main learning points. After you've done a course, you can phone or email us anytime for advice or guidance. To book, either complete the booking form here or call 01931 713115 / 07970 138591



LAKE DISTRICT: 24-26 March (L): 28-30 April (L): 11-13 May(H): 4-6 August(H): 15-17 September (H):
(L) = Langdale Hotel Price £195pp based on twin occupancy
(H) = Haweswater Hotel Price £195pp based on twin occupancy
Non-residential: £95

CHILTERNS: 1-3 May: 2-4 June: 22-24 September:
£225pp based on twin occupancy at Chartridge or similar.
Non-residential: £95

PEAK DISTRICT: 10-12 March: April 9-11:
£195pp based on twin occupancy at comfortable hotels in Buxton.
Non-residential £95

FOR GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE: You can select almost and date and location (even locations outside the list above) and we'll run a course specifically for your group subject to date availability. 10% discount for groups of 6 or more.

Prices include: 2 Nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation in twin rooms (single rooms may be available, sometimes with a supplement - details on request), local transport to and from walks, transfers from nearest station if required, instruction and coaching, use of laminate maps, course notes, post-course advisory service.