What we're about

A very warm welcome to our Northern Meetup group.

There are three related groups:

The Map Reading and Navigation Group - North, Midlands, and South.

You may join any of the events from any of the groups by either joining the Meetup Group or via our main website www.mapreading.co.uk

As the title says we’re all about Map reading and navigation, we run officially certified 2 day (Sat and Sun) map reading courses throughout England, plus an occasional longer event such as the Hadrian’s Wall walk.

Please see the events calendar for our up and coming Meetups. We regularly add new dates and locations so if there isn’t a course you can get to at the moment, please check back – or contact us to discuss a course just for your group.

Who joins our courses?
Basically anyone who enjoys being out and about in the glorious English countryside. These courses are ideal if you go walking alone, with family and friends, you lead group walks or teach map reading to other Meetup groups.

Do I need any experience or equipment?
No experience is required as the progression, from novice to confident intermediate, is taken in simple, clear steps in a relaxed, informative and safe environment. Our map reading courses are an ideal introduction to navigation. Those who have some map reading / navigation experience in navigation will also benefit greatly. During your time with us you will be able to revisit the basics, in the company of a fully qualified mountaineering instructor, before moving on to learn / practice more advanced techniques.
We will supply you with a high quality compass and any maps needed, so you just need to turn up in your normal outdoor gear (waterproofs, rucksack, etc.) and off you go.

Do I get a certificate?
Yes. On successfully completing the course you’ll receive an official NNAS Bronze (National Navigation Award Scheme) which give credit points for the SCQF L4 - equivalent to the NVQ L1.

Who leads the Meetup?
Whilst we do appreciate that, in a few cases, there may be some unqualified people who are able to teach very basic navigation skills, we feel it's better to only use fully qualified instructors. We hope you agree.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Upcoming events (1)

Map Reading and Navigation training weekend - Bagshot/Windsor (South East)

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Our 2 day novice to intermediate map reading courses are an ideal introduction to map reading and navigation. We will supply each person with a high quality compass and any maps required. You’ll just need your normal outdoor gear such as a set of waterproofs (just in case), boots or sturdy trainers, rucksack. There is a café nearby but you may want to bring a packed lunch/flask. No experience is needed to participate, so if you're new to navigation this course is the perfect introduction to the use of various types of maps and compass and navigation in general. Of course there may be a mixture of experience and our instructors are able to devise and plan courses so that each person gains as much as possible from their time with us. There is an emphasis on learning through doing. As a very wise man (Aristotle) once said "For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them" Hopefully Aristotle would agree that learning in a relaxed and informal way is the best method of gaining a skill, so our courses are run in a safe, relaxed and informative style. The aim of our courses is to equip you with the essential skills needed be able to navigate safely and confidently over the English countryside. Don't forget that navigation is 25% map work, 25% compass work and 50% confidence in the other two. This is a practical course so we'll be spending as much time as possible outdoors giving you plenty of opportunity to gain valuable experience and practice your new found skills. _____________________ Our two days courses are based around the National Navigation Award Scheme bronze award. We will contact you prior to the MeetUp to ask if you want to use this weekend to gain your SCQF certificate from the National Navigation Award Scheme, so you’ll be a qualified navigator. You don’t have to, but most people prefer to get a certificate. Note: There is no charge for the NNAS award.

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