The Ramblers launch free Beginner’s Guide to Navigation

The Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity, have launched a free, comprehensive series of videos to tackle one of the biggest barriers to getting out into nature: the fear of getting lost.

With shorter days, and wintry cold weather now upon us, finding your way in the outdoors can become a challenging prospect. And it’s not just the weather that poses a challenge: a lack of navigation knowledge can be just as perilous. Finding your way in the great outdoors can be intimidating: a Ramblers study revealed that 21% of people between 18-54 cited concerns about getting lost as a reason why they didn’t go out walking. 

Made up of 17 short, accessible episodes and packed full of tips, tricks and tactics,  A Beginner’s Guide to Navigation is free to access on the Ramblers website and is designed to demystify the art of navigation and equip everyone with all the skills they need to get out exploring.

As well as some fundamental techniques, from map reading to compass basics, they also cover a range of 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.

Easy to understand videos

Presented by experienced mountain leaders Sam Knight (The Ramblers Out There Award co-ordinator) and Lucy Wallace (Ramblers Scotland’s vice-president), each video is around 2 minutes long and is structured to guide viewers from the basics of reading a map to more advanced techniques. And the training is not just limited to physical maps – it also covers navigating using your phone. Jargon free and easy to follow, they’re the perfect preparation for taking your first step out into nature.

For those interested in enhancing their navigation skills and embracing the spirit of adventure, “A Beginner’s Guide to Navigation” is now available on the Ramblers website: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/navigation-videos

A Beginner’s Guide to Navigation: Episode list

  1. What is navigation?
  2. What tools should I use?
  3. 5 easy tricks for navigation
  4. Which map should I use?
  5. How to read map symbols
  6. What are map contours?
  7. The best map features for navigation
  8. How to measure distance
  9. How to use pacing to measure distance
  10. How to time your walks
  11. How to line up your map
  12. How to use a compass to line up your map
  13. How to use features to stay on track
  14. How to find your destination
  15. How to find your location
  16. How to find your direction
  17. How to use your phone to navigate

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