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
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.Read
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.Read
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.Read
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.Read
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.Read
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.Read