Learn map and compass skills in a hands-on and practical workshop. Build confidence to explore new places and walk off the beaten track. We will also discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation.
Recent participants said 'Brilliant day practising navigation skills - map reading, taking bearings and pacing distances to hidden features, then picking the best routes across the open moor. The day was lead in a very friendly and welcoming way with lots of information shared and the opportunity to learn in a non-pressured environment.'
Level: Moderate - the walk is approximately 4 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 Bel Tor corner close to Sharp Tor, about 15 minutes drive from the Ashburton turn-off on the A38 after Poundsgate. Grid reference for the car park is SX694731. Nearest postcode is TQ13 7PS but please don't rely on this to get you to the exact location. (In the summer, there is usually an ice cream van with large plastic cone at the entrance to the car park.) Please get in touch if you need directions. Car sharing is recommended.
What to wear/bring: Map (OL28 Ordnance Survey map of Dartmoor), compass, drink/hot flask, snacks, plenty of warm layers as we will be stopping many times, hat, gloves, waterproof clothing (whatever the forecast) and sturdy walking boots.
For advice on compasses, Silva is recommended and a good source is Dartmoor National Park Visitors Centres or Dash4it.co.uk
Any of the following would be fine: Silva Starter 8; Silva Field; Silva Ranger; Silva Expedition 4.
Dogs - it is difficult to handle a map and compass whilst also having a dog with you, so we don't recommend they join you.
Facilitators: Emma Cunis of Dartmoor's Daughter creates walks and nature-connection experiences to enhance health, wellbeing, and performance. She is a qualified Hill & Moorland Leader (HML). Verran Townsend is an experienced and qualified Mountain Leader (ML).
Cancellation policy: The event will go ahead come rain or shine. In fact rain and fog are great training aids! Sorry no refunds if you change your mind about attending.
Risk: Walks and activities are at your own risk. No liability accepted for accidents or incidents.