BSO Full Day Navigation Skills


This practical course aims to equip you with the skills to plan walks, and the confidence to strike out off the beaten track.

Suitability: Minimum age 13yrs, all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Each participant needs a ticket

This practical course will focus on how a map relates to the land around you, enabling you to plot routes, visualise what's ahead and avoid feeling lost.
The course will cover the key aspects of map reading - setting, contours and scale - and basic use of the compass, while you confidently plot our way through open countryside. We will also consider Rights of Way legislation, how they're shown on the map and what you need to know, and The Countryside Code.

 You will need your own transport to get to the start of the course.


What you will get out of the day

For this day walk you will need to supply your own packed lunch. Please also remember to bring water and fluids. Depending on conditions and group fitness the walk could be up to 10 miles in length.

Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (max parent/child ratio 1:4). Minimum age 13 yrs.

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Recommended kit

Come appropriately prepared for a day walk and bring a pack lunch with you: walking boots, waterproofs, spare clothes, snacks, personal medication, sun lotion.

Meeting times and logistics

​Meet at the SofA desk 10 minutes before the start of the course. Customers will need their own transport to get to the start of the course, lift sharing will of course be organised where possible.

Course info card Description
Provided By Thornbridge Outdoors
Student / Instructor Ratio 8:1
Location The Peak District
Min age 13 years

General advice

  • The School of Adventure is run by the Alpkit Foundation and all courses are with qualified instructors.
  • To participate in School of Adventure activities you must have a valid Big Shakeout weekend ticket.
  • Any orders for activities without a Big Shakeout weekend ticket may be cancelled and refunded.
  • Course times indicate the time you will be leaving from your meeting point to returning to it.
  • Your instructor will require you to sign a participation form before your activity commences. Children under 18 must get their form signed by their accompanying parent or guardian.
  • For courses offsite you will have to provide your own transport.
  • Courses will start without you if you are late.
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A few goodies that might help you get the most out of this course.

Ultimate Navigation book

Ultimate Navigation Manual
Covers every navigation technique you will ever need. Techniques used by special forces and search and rescue teams from around the world.

Swig water bottle

Swig bottle
Drinks bottle in 750 ml or 500 ml capacity for swigging on the go


AK Multi Activity Sock Range Pack
4 pairs of socks - one of each design for all your outdoor needs

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