22 September 2013: Navigation training in Richmond Park

This day was an introduction to navigation; the art of finding out where you are, and how to get where you want to be. It covered all the technical skills of reading an OS map and identifying key features to navigate by in a landscape. It also looked at how to navigate with a group, the confidence to balance leadership and group decision making, and the art of knowing what to do when it all goes wrong!

On the training day

On the training day

This was a very successful day.  Cat Forster gave 5 of us (Fran, Laura, Val, Angela and Claire) a clear and thorough grounding in navigation.  All of us who thought we knew how to map read had to think again!  We worked our way slowly through navigation, tick features, catchment, handrail, compass measurements and finally compass readings without map and compass bearings with map including magnetic variation. In trying to find our way blind to a tiny pond only Fran got us there on the spot and Io was 10 degrees out.  Scarey if that had been a mountain.

We enjoyed it so much we would like to do it again in real life – somewhere like the Peak District.

Claire

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About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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