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Navigation Training for Beginners (or Refresher)


Want a confidence boost to explore new places? Memories of how to use a map and compass faded? Join us to visit a Dartmoor that's off the beaten track that will help you to regain your confidence to visit places you've never been to before. Providing a reminder of how to use a map and compass as well as an opportunity to to discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation (feeling and seeing the landscape). Experience how to always know where you are and how to get to where you'd like to be, whatever the weather!

You'll be walking with others of similar ability and led by Verran Townsend, qualified walking guide and navigator who along with 'Dartmoors Daughter', loves to encourage and enable others to experience the wildness and beauty of Dartmoor.


£40 per adult. Bring a friend/partner and get a 10% discount off your tickets!
Group size is limited to ensure a personalised learning experience so pre-booking is essential.

Further Information

Level: 3 out of 5. The walk is approximately 2-3 miles with a relaxed pace and many stops to practice navigation techniques, but you need to be happy spending approximately 3 hours in hilly moorland terrain.

Meeting point: Car park at Hemsworthy Gate (small carpark on the T-junction) approx 20 minutes drive from the Ashburton turn-off on the A38. Grid reference for the car park is SX742761 . Nearest postcode is TQ13 9XT for the Haytor Visitors Centre but this will not get you to the exact location. Parking is limited so please car share. Or get in touch if you need a lift.

What to bring: Map (OL28 Ordnance Survey map of Dartmoor), compass, lunch, drink, sunscreen, warm layers, hat, gloves, waterproof clothing (even if the forecast is fine!) and sturdy walking boots. 
For advice on compasses, Silva is recommended and a good source is, for example, Any of the following would be fine: Silva Starter 8; Silva Field; Silva Ranger; Silva Expedition 4.

I enjoyed 'being out in nature on a part of the Moor I'd not explored before; learning to use a compass and the way this was taught, the pace was great; a lovely group to share this with; time taken to tune in at the start...Can't wait for the next one!' Lynne

Cancellation policy: The event will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds if you are unable to attend.

Risk: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents

Earlier Event: 14 January
New Year's Health Walk & Wild Swim Option
Later Event: 10 February
Half-term Map Reading Fun for Children