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Navigation Training for Beginners (or Refresher) - For Single Outdoors-Lovers


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. Afterwards, we will drive just a few minutes down the hill for drinks and lunch together at The Tavistock Inn, one of England’s oldest pubs with a devilish tale to tell!

Recent participants said 'Brilliant day practicing 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.'


Fee: £40 for non-members and £30 for Pi members. Cost of drinks and dinner is not included and should be paid directly to The Tavistock Inn. 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.

A small portion of your fee will be donated to Donate for Dartmoor and the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Teams.

Further Information

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: 2.45pm for 3pm walking start in the car park at Bel Tor corner close to Sharp Tor. This is about 15 minutes drive from the Ashburton turn-off on the A38 and after the village of 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, it likely won't! 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, sunscreen, 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 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.

Lunch - please bring cash/credit card to pay The Tavistock Inn directly for your drinks and lunch. For menu options, please see

CANCELLATION POLICY: The event will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds if you’re unable to attend.

PHOTOS: We like to take photographs to share with you after the walk and to use in promotional materials such as websites, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Please let us know if you prefer not to be in photos.

RISK: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents.

Non-members are welcome to book this event and give Pi Society a try! Pi Society membership starts with Social Membership at just £20 per month.

Whatever your level of membership - Diamond, Ruby, Social Plus or Social - you will be exclusively invited to the following events:

Monthly Pi Singles Evenings
Food and Drink Masterclasses
Mid-Week Cheeky Supper Nights
Book Club Nights hosted by authors
Pi Comedy Nights
Special Pi Guided Walks/lunches
Special Pi Activities, including the PROMS, theatre breaks
Singles Running Club
Singles Cycling Club
Singles Golf days
Long weekends away
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