Walk Fife will be running a free workshop – Advanced Map & Compass Navigation Techniques – on the 14th April 2018.

Learning the fine art of navigation is something that all walkers should do.

Walk Fife volunteers Gary and Andrew will be running this free workshop at a outdoor location near Cupar. Gary is well versed in many different forms of navigation thanks to his past career serving as a mountain leader and instructor in the British Army. Andrew served in the RAF for many years and is very experienced in many forms of navigation. Gary and Andrew will be assisted by fellow Walk Fifer’s Sue and Karen.

This workshop will take place outside and will demonstrate advanced navigation techniques using a map and compass. The topics covered will include preparing route cards, ascertaining your position in the landscape and overcoming unexpected obstacles. The team will also be available after the workshop to answer any map reading and compass questions that you may have.

The workshop will include the following topics:

  • reading and giving 8 figure grid references
  • reading and giving a bearing using a map and compass
  • planning a route and creating a route card
  • estimating distance, timings and terrain from reading a map
  • checking your position when walking with a map and compass using advanced triangulation techniques
  • overcoming unexpected obstacles on your route while still maintaining your course

Request your place

We would like to invite people to request a workshop place using our online booking form. We will then draw 20 names at random from the pool of requests and assign them each a place on the workshop.

To request your place please click on the web link shown below and complete the form.


Closing date for all requests is 08/04/18 and the 20 successful applicants will be notified on 09/04/18.

Date: 14.04.18
Time: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Location: Near Cupar
Available Places: 20
Cost: FREE

Please Note:
This workshop is not open to children under 18 years old. Participants are required to bring waterproof jackets and trousers along with suitable footwear. A selection of hot and cold drinks will be available free of charge. Compasses and maps will be supplied for use on the workshop. Participants can bring their own compass if they wish.  Location is not wheelchair friendly.

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