Walk Fife will be running a free Map Reading for Beginners Workshop on the 29th June 2019.

Map reading is one of the most important core skills a walker can learn.

Walk Fife volunteers Gary and Marc will be running this free workshop in Dunfermline. Gary is well versed in many different forms of navigation thanks to his past career serving as a mountain leader in the British Armed Forces. Marc has worked as a mountain guide in the wilds of Scotland for many years and is very experienced in teaching navigation to others.

This workshop is classroom based and will introduce attendees to the basics of map reading and is ideal for those who are new to using maps when walking in the countryside. Gary and Marc will also be available for a short while after the workshop to answer any navigation questions that you may have.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • What is a map?
  • Map symbols and their meaning
  • Map scales – picking the right scale for your needs
  • Orientating yourself and your map
  • How to read and give a 6 figure grid reference
  • Taking a bearing using a compass
  • Preparing simple route cards
  • Map care – how to correctly fold and store a map

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 24/06/19 and the 20 successful applicants will be notified on 25/06/19.

Date: 29.06.19
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
Location: Central Dunfermline
(venue is wheelchair accessible)
Available Places: 20
Cost: FREE

Please Note:
Under 16’s can attend this workshop if accompanied by a responsible adult. A selection of hot and cold drinks will be available free of charge. Maps and compasses will be supplied for the duration of the workshop. Location is wheelchair friendly.

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  • Marguerite Ferguson

    Hi there, I would really like to be included on the map Reading course please, many thanks

    • Walk Fife Admin

      Hi Marguerite. You can request a place by filling in this form – https://www.walkfife.com/workshop-booking-form/ – We will draw 20 names at random from the pool of requests and assign them each a place on the workshop. Thanks

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