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This practical one-day Navigation Essentials course is a great introduction to the skills you need to get out and about. You might be looking at getting started in the outdoors, or just wanting to refresh and improve on some rusty map and compass skills you learnt a while ago.  You will be amazed how much information there is on an Ordnance Survey map and during the day you will learn to open your eyes to whole new world!  Our expert tuition and guidance will help you make sense of it all and give you confidence to plan and enjoy your own great outdoor adventures, whether on foot or two wheels.

We typically start the day with tea/coffee in the welcoming Hampstead Norreys Community Cafe and get introduced to our maps and compass. Mid-morning we set off on a walk to steadily develop your knowledge and skills.  You can expect to walk up to 6 miles during day taking frequent stops along the way to interpret the map, practice your skills and discuss navigation options.  You will be given plenty of guidance and tips as we go.  We then return to sum up the day and finish at about 4 pm.

We can provide an OS map and compass for the day but do bring your own if you have them – OS Explorer Map 158 (Newbury & Hungerford).  Maximum group size 6 to ensure that you get the most out of the day.  This is a friendly and relaxed day and participants’ input and questions throughout the day are encouraged and welcome.

Course Leader/organisation: Philippa Sanders, Pipsticks Walks

Walk Information

  • Booking: £55  – booking essential – 6 places – Minimum age 14 – U18s must be accompanied by adult
  • Distance & approximate duration: 6 miles – 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accessibility: Not suitable for wheelchairs. Suitable for older children. Paths and tracks may be rough in places and can be muddy.  Total ascent approx. 450ft /140m
  • Dogs: Sorry, no dogs

For general booking information, health and safety advice, terms and conditions please see our useful information page.

  • Meeting point:  Meet at Hampstead Norreys recreation ground/village hall car park. Grid Ref: SU527763. Nearest postcode: RG18 0TR. What3Words: only.farmed.jugs
  • Public Transport: On bus route, but times may not fit with day’s timetable. If transport is an issue contact info@northwessexdowns.org.uk
  • Parking: Park at Hampstead Norreys recreation ground/village hall car park
  • Nearby Refreshments: We have a café break early in the day. No facilities whilst walking. Picnic break mid walk – please bring drink and food for personal consumption during the walk, or purchase in café/shop
  • Closest Toilets: At the cafe/shop

Further Information

For information about Pipsticks walks, please see www.pipstickswalks.co.uk

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Map & Compass Selection - credit Philippa Saunders