Beginners guide to using a compass
Even with a GPS in your phone, knowing how to navigate using a map and a compass is a great life skill. Here's a step-by-step guide to using compass bearings.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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