Advanced guide to reading contours and relief
Understanding contours and relief on a map is essential for safe planning and navigation across the varied terrain you may encounter on your outdoor adventures.
Map reading made easy! For beginners to advanced, adults or teenagers, find all you need to make map reading easy
We've collected some of our top map reading resources all in one place to get you started in this vital outdoor skill. Too easy for you? Expand your knowledge with Map reading - advanced guides.
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Discover how contour lines on maps are used to understand the terrain around you, including gradients of hills, valleys and steepness of climbs.Read
Have you ever wondered what a map scale is, or the difference between OS Landranger and Explorer maps? Our quick guide to understanding map scales will help!Read
OS maps are covered in a series of blue grid lines that are used to pinpoint exact locations anywhere on a map. Learn what these are called and how to find a grid reference.Read
Rather than just showing north, modern compasses have many features to assist in planning and navigation. Find out what compass you need.Read
Navigating using a map and a compass is a fantastic life skill and complements any GPS device. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use compass bearings.Read
Measuring distance is a key map reading tool to see how far you've travelled or how far your planned route takes you. Learn how to easily measure distance with our quick and simple guide.Read