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Find Your AdventureNavigation - An Introduction - Saturday 15th May, 2-6pm, Tarbert, Loch Fyne

Navigation - An Introduction - Saturday 15th May, 2-6pm, Tarbert, Loch Fyne

Sale
Half Day
Half Day
Half Day
2-6
Date:
May 15, 2021
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Half day beginner course. Learn the basic concepts of map reading, how to use a compass and simple navigation techniques.
Foundation level.
  1. Learn the basic concepts of map and compass use.
  2. Gain the skills and confidence to use a map and compass using fun exercises.
  3. Meet likeminded people to share your learning journey.
  4. Enjoy the fabulous scenery whilst you learn.

Walk Grades

Grade 1 - Easy

Relaxed walks on mainly flat or graded paths and tracks within easy access of a road/parking with little or no steep ground. These walks are designed to take in a specific tourist site or experience - perhaps to visit a ruined Scottish castle, wildlife centre or ancient carved stones - and are suitable for a wide range of abilities, typically never more than 3 miles or 2 hours of walking.

Grade 2 - Leisurely

Leisurely walking on paths and tracks with occasional steep or uneven sections or steps. Designed to offer an immersive and relaxing experience connecting with nature and the outdoors these walks help promote wellbeing and may include walks around lochs, along beaches, through woodland and glens, to visit a specific historic or geological site, to learn about foraging for wild plants or to reach viewpoint. These are suitable for a wide range of abilities and are typically 3 to 6 miles with up to 5 hours of walking and 300m of ascent and descent.

Grade 3 - Moderate

Expect a full day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain. There are likely to be some steep or uneven sections or steps. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include easier hill summits, coastal walks, sections of long distance trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track and sunset walks. Walks are typically 6 to 8 miles with 4 to 6 hours of walking and no more than 600m of ascent and descent.

Grade 4 - Hard

An active day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain which is likely to have steep rough sections. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include hill summits, coastal sections with a lot of ascent and descent, remoter areas, longer sections of trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track, trig point hunters and Wainwright baggers. Walks are typically 7 to 12 miles with 5 to 8 hours of walking and up to 800m of ascent and descent.

Grade 5 - Challenging

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths but is likely to include rugged steep pathless terrain, requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the easier Munros and Corbetts, the higher Lakeland and Welsh fells, challenges such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and long distance backpacks such as the Coast to Coast or Pennine Way. Distances vary but are typically 10-25 miles with ascents of up to 1600m. A full days walking may take anything from 6 to12 hours.

Grade 6 - Severe

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths, rugged steep and rough pathless terrain, exposed ridges and non-technical scrambles requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the harder or more remote Munros and Corbetts, routes such as Striding Edge in the Lake District, high level or remote long distance backpacks or ultra long distance events. Distances vary but are often over 15 miles with ascents often exceeding 1000m. An example is the Patterdale Round which takes in 17 Wainwrights, is 30 miles and has over 3000m of ascent. A full days walking may take anything from 8 to16 or more hours.

Gaining the skills and confidence to use a map and compass and meeting like minded people to share your learning journey.

Using a series of fun activities this half day introductory course takes you through map scales, map features and symbols, map setting with and without a compass, measuring distance, cardinal points, using a compass and tracking progress. Tips on outdoor equipment, access and safety. This foundation course offers beginners a good base from which they can start to practice and build up their own skills.

All guided walks include the following:
  • Your friendly qualified guide for the duration of your walk
  • Group Safety Equipment
  • Emergency First Aid Kit
  • Walk joining information
  • Kit List
  • Friendly advice
All course materials, maps and compasses are provided for the duration of the session. This does not include personal clothing and equipment.
  • Learn to interpret map scales, keys and symbols.
  • Map setting and orientation exercises.
  • Understanding the key elements to a compass.
  • Map and compass orientation exercises.
  • Learning the basics of contours, distance and tracking progress with a map and compass.
  • Gain tips on equipment, access and safety.
Make this a private booking

All our activities can be booked for private groups as bespoke experiences.

Prices and terms & conditions for bespoke experiences apply.

Not dog friendly

Unfortunately, although we welcome well behaved dogs on most of our walks (and you may well meet our trusty team member and Collie, Rowan), our navigation courses - and experiences where specified - are not appropriate for dogs and may be on land or in property where dogs (other than guide/assistance dogs) are not allowed.

Please see our alternatives walks if you wish to bring your furry friend.

Children friendly

Yes. Please see the activity description for the skill level and walk grade. We recommend you contact us to ensure the level is appropriate or if your child is under 12 years old. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (see terms)

Women only option

All our activities can be booked for women only groups either as bespoke experiences or where advertised.

Additional information:

We will meet on the pier directly opposite the Loch Fyne Gallery in Tarbert at 2pm. The course will last 3.5 - 4 hours.

Please wear appropriate footwear such as walking boots or trainers with a good tread as the ground may be uneven or slippery. Details of what to bring are given on our Heathery Heights Kit List. Be aware that it can be chilly when stood looking at maps! The access and areas we use for the course are likely to have either steps, slopes or rough ground. Parking nearby is possible; please note there may be a parking charge depending on venue. Venues and times are given with available dates.

Please book our outdoor courses no less than twenty four hours prior to their start time to ensure we can prepare for the correct numbers and send you your pre-course information.

Price:
£ 35.00 GBP

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