Ordnance Survey map reading

This is a short course that runs occasionally, rather than meeting regularly round the year.

The course enables participants to:

  1. Answer the question: ‘What am I looking at when I look at an Ordnance Survey map?’
  2. Use a compass (or equivalent electronic device) to align an Ordnance Survey (OS) map to the north and be able to take ‘bearings’ of various features on the map.
  3. Use a map to ‘plan’ and ‘describe’ a country walk.
  4. Follow a walk (approx. 2km) through Forestry Commission land (ie a wood) on various footpaths, bridleways, etc.

The test of success is: ‘Did I successfully complete one (or more) of the walks using my compass as an aid?’

To assemble a group, the course leader may put out an ‘interest sheet’ at the monthly main meeting for members to sign up. The course will run when there are enough people to make it viable. At this point the leader contacts everyone interested, to try to arrange suitable dates for the indoor and outdoor sessions. Please note that it may not be possible to suit everyone.

Typically, the course begins with two one-hour indoor meetings (probably in Arnold Library Meeting Room). These are followed by a number of outdoor sessions. Participants can decide how many of the outdoor sessions to attend.

Members must have their own compass (SILVA or similar make) or electronic device that can be used as a compass. The cost of room hire – roughly £8 per hour, £16 for the two sessions – is divided amongst those attending. Participants should bring their own refreshments.

Leader: Phil Sanderson (assisted by one or two others on the indoor sessions)
Phone: 0115 910 9956
Email: philsanderson58@hotmail.com

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