Walk Fife will be hosting a number of free walking workshops during 2019.

Our team of volunteers have yet again put together an exciting programme to help walkers get the most from their time outside.

Some of the workshops will be repeated a number of times over the course of the year and we will be hosting a number of other smaller workshops during the summer months covering more niche outdoor subjects.

If you would like to be informed of when workshops are open for booking then please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, listen to our podcast or sign up to our newsletter below.

2019 Workshop Programme

Introduction to GPS Devices – February & March

This workshop will take place in both the classroom and outside and will demonstrate how to use a variety of different GPS devices. Topics will include setting up your GPS, finding your position, recording a track, following a track and many more useful pieces of advice. Participants are required to have their own GPS unit in order to attend this workshop. Under 16’s can attend this workshop if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Introduction to GPS Apps – February & March

This workshop will take place in both the classroom and outside and will run participants through the use of smartphone GPS apps. The apps featured in this workshop Viewranger and OS Maps and a demonstration will be given on how you can use them in conjunction with the routes shared through the Walk Fife website. Participants are encouraged to have these apps installed on their device prior to attending the workshop.  Under 16’s can attend this workshop if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Map Reading for Beginners – April & June

This classroom based workshop introduces attendees to the basics of map reading and is ideal for those who are new to using maps when walking in the countryside. Topics covered will include map symbols, understanding map contours, reading and giving grid references, taking a bearing using a compass and preparing route cards. Under 16’s can attend this workshop if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Practical Navigation Skills – May & August

This workshop will take place outside and will demonstrate how to use a map and compass while on the trail. Topics covered will include reading and giving grid references, taking a bearing, understanding map contours, walking with a map and compass, using a route card, estimating distance, ascertaining your position in the landscape and overcoming unexpected obstacles. Please note that all participants must be over 18 in order to take part in this workshop.

Orienteering for Walkers – May

Orienteering is an exciting activity for those who love a challenge. Orienteering normally involves lots of running but this workshop is purely for those who like to walk. The aim of the workshop is to introduce beginners to the sport in a gentle and fun way. Under 16’s can attend this workshop if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Introduction to Geocaching – June & August

This workshop will take place outside and will introduce the participant to the world of Geocaching. Geocaching is a great way to get active and get out exploring the world around you and is easily accessible to people of all ages, ability and fitness. The workshop will cover both the use of dedicated GPS unit and the smartphone geocaching app. Under 16’s can attend this workshop if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Introduction to Nordic Walking – July & September

This hugely popular and fun workshop introduces the the beginner to the techniques behind Nordic Walking.  It has been widely acknowledged that Nordic Walking provides many benefits to your health and is a very good way to get fit and healthy while enjoying the outdoors. Under 16’s can attend this workshop if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Water Hazard Safety – July

This practical outdoor workshop will teach participants how to safely negotiate water hazards when walking through the landscape. The workshop will take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Cairngorms National Park. Be prepared to get wet! Please note that all participants must be over 18 and be competent swimmers in order to take part in this workshop.

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  • Malcolm
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    Very much interested in the navigation for beginners
    Have you got dates up and running for this yet

    • Creative109876zT
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      Hi Malcolm – we will announcing the dates nearer the time of each workshop. Thanks Sue

  • Gabbi Anderson
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    Hi All.
    I would like to take part in the Map Reading, Practical Navigation Skills and the Orienteering for walkers workshops. Do you email us nearer the time with dates or do I keep checking for them ?
    Thanks.
    Gabbi xxx

    • Creative109876zT
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      Hi Gabbie. We will be announcing the dates at the beginning of each month. We are running a little late this month but the dates and application forms for the first 2 workshops will be published tomorrow (saturday). We invite people to request a workshop place using our online booking form. We will then draw names at random from the pool of requests and assign them each a place on one of the two workshops. Thanks for the question

  • Caroline
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    Hello, I’m keen to map reading and practical skills but I can’t see how to apply for a place . Can you please advise me how to?
    Thanks
    Caroline

    • Creative109876zT
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      Hi Caroline. At the begining of each month we post that month’s workshops. We invite people to request a workshop place using our online booking form. We will then draw names at random from the pool of requests and assign them each a place on one of the two workshops. Thanks for the question.

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