Learn how to use a map and compass! We will learn the basics of using a map and compass before going out and navigating our way through Epping Forest. This will not provide you with all the skills to walk in the wilds of Scotland but will allow you to feel more confident to walk in lowland areas. Start from the basics of map and compass work and build a series of skills which will enable you to get from place to place using a map and other navigational tools. The practical sessions will cover: types of maps and features, relating a map to the ground, grid references, using a compass, pacing and timing, setting a route.

Walking Levels information

Tutor: James Bromhead

James Bromhead is FSC London Region Assistant Education Team Leader based at Epping Forest Field Centre and has a wealth of experience teaching groups of all ages and abilities freshwater ecology courses as well as delivering a variety of surveying sessions for the Centre.

Example Timetable

09.30 Registration
10.00 Introduction to the day
10.15 Grid referencing and using a compass to find a bearing
12.15 Lunch
13.15 Practical Session: following a bearing and planning a route
15.30 Review
15.45 Taking your interest further
16.00 Course finishes

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.

What's Included

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)


  • Map of the local area
  • Compass

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