Map reading skills - advanced guides

Learn some of the more advanced map reading skills for more extreme adventures or just to challenge yourself.

We've collected some of our top advanced map reading resources all in one place to help you develop your skills. Need to refresh your knowledge on the basics? Check out the Map reading - beginner's guides.

Advanced guide to reading contours and relief

Advanced guide to reading contours and relief

Using contours and relief on a map, plan and navigate in remote locations where man-made features can often be rare, by using contours to find points for triangulation and route planning.

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An advanced guide to understanding map scale

An advanced guide to understanding map scale

For advanced map readers, it’s important to understand how cartographers create maps of different scales using a process called ‘generalisation’. Find out why with this advanced map scale guide.

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Advanced guide to pinpointing your location

Advanced guide to pinpointing your location

Pinpointing your location on a map is a vital skill to ensure you’re moving in the right direction and to help locate your position, if you’re lost or need to give a rescue team a grid reference in an emergency.

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Advanced navigation: never be lost again

Advanced navigation: never be lost again

When you're walking, running or climbing at night or in poor visibility, things don't always go as planned. Here's how to find your location and never be lost again.

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Advanced guide to measuring distance

Advanced guide to measuring distance

A critical part of navigation is being able to calculate distance on a map, then estimate that distance on the ground to reach your next navigation point. Here we are looking at skills for walkers and runners.

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Beginners guide to using a compass

Beginner's guide to using a compass

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.

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