A beginner's guide to navigation
Embrace the spirit of adventure with our easy-to-follow video series teaching you everything you need to know about finding your way in the outdoors
Ready to embrace the spirit of adventure? A Beginner’s Guide to Navigation, our comprehensive series of videos, tackles one of the biggest barriers to getting out into nature: the fear of getting lost. Packed full of tips, tricks and tactics, the videos cover some fundamental techniques, from map reading to compass basics, as well as practical advice for finding your way in different surroundings.
So whether you’re venturing out to discover remote parts of the countryside or strolling through town, you’ll have everything you need to find your way with ease. And there’s no need to know your tracks from your trails: these user-friendly tutorials are tailored to cater to individuals with little to no prior experience, making them accessible to everyone.
Whether heading to the shops or setting out to explore the countryside, we use navigation skills every day. Find out why they’re so important and what key techniques you need to master.
From maps to compasses, we use a lot of helpful tools when we navigate. In this video, you’ll learn the most useful tools for every situation.
Maps are one of the most useful navigation tools we have. But with different maps for different situations, which one should you use?
Map symbols are really useful for finding out where you’re going to go and what you’re going to see. Find out how to use them and how to find out what they mean.
Features we see around us are reflected on the maps we use. But some features are more reliable to navigate with than others – find out which ones are the best to use.
Measuring distance is essential when planning your walks. Lucy explains three ways you can measure distance on a map.
Knowing how long it will take to get from Point A to Point B is a crucial skill when navigating. Join Sam to learn how you can time your own walks.
By lining up your map with what you can see on the ground, you can find your direction without having to use a compass. Lucy and Sam explain how.
From rivers to roads, you can use features in the landscape to help you navigate and stay on track.
Are we there yet? Thinking about what your destination looks like is a great tip to make sure you end up in the right place.
Lucy walks you through how to take a quick compass bearing and how it helps to find the right direction to head off in.
For many of us, using our phone is the main way we navigate. Learn how to make the most of its features and how to keep it safe when you’re out and about.