Walk Fife will be running a free workshop – Using a Map & Compass For Beginners – on the 24th February 2018.

Learning to use a map and compass correctly as a walker is important.

Walk Fife volunteers Gary and Andrew will be running this free workshop at a outdoor location near Dunfermline. 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 is outdoor based and will introduce attendees to the basics of using a map and compass and is ideal for those who are new to using them when walking in the countryside. The team will also be available after the workshop to answer any map reading and compass questions that you may have.

The workshop will cover the following main topics:

  • reading and giving grid references
  • reading and giving a bearing
  • understanding declination
  • estimating distance
  • understanding map contours and the landscape
  • walking with a map and compass
  • basic triangulation
  • map and compass care

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 16/02/18 and the 20 successful applicants will be notified on 19/02/18.

Date: 24.02.18
Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Location: Near Dunfermline
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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