1-Day Navigation Course: Beginner Level – Bespoke Course

(3 customer reviews)


On a bespoke course you can chose a date that suits you, bring along up to 9 friends, and we adapt the course to suit your needs.

Using a variety of tried and tested interactive workshops, you’ll learn how to use a map and compass alongside your friends, before we head out to try these skills in the real world.

We provide everything you need to get started, all you need to bring is enthusiasm (and maybe some sturdy shoes!)



A typical 1-day bespoke beginner navigation course will include the following aspects:

  • Orientation of the map to what you see around you
  • Using large-scale features to follow a route
  • Thumbing the route to keep on track
  • Using line-features to navigate safely
  • Using the compass to orientate the map & find your direction of travel
  • Developing an understanding of contours and how to best use them
  • Relocation – what to do if you get lost

Important Notes: Included in the price is tea & coffee throughout the day, but you’ll need to bring your own lunch. The afternoon will be predominantly outside (weather permitting), so please bring appropriate clothing for the weather. We provide all participants with resources for the session including maps and compasses.


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3 reviews for 1-Day Navigation Course: Beginner Level – Bespoke Course

  1. Dawn Spence

    Going into the course, I had very little knowledge of map reading or how to use a compass, so I was looking forward to building these skills.

    It was really good to be able to learn everything and then go into the Pentlands to put everything into practice. I definitely came away with a lot more confidence in using the map and compass. Sion made it a really fun day and he was always there to help when we needed.

  2. Andy Gabe – Absolute Escapes

    Thank you to Sion for an excellent navigation course. He arranged a bespoke course for our team which helped build on our existing knowledge and gave us some essential skills for our next adventure in the hills. The course involved both theory and practical sessions and the balance between these was perfect, and we were able to put into practise many new skills. Sion presented the course in a very knowledgeable and engaging manner and I’d have no hesitation in recommending him to others. Thank you for a great couple of days! The Absolute Escapes Team

  3. Scott Smyth

    Our team had a very enjoyable and useful day with Sion learning the basics of navigation. We spent half the day in the classroom and half the day in the Pentland Hills putting our new-found skills to use. Sion was patient and knowledgeable – we all found the course a very useful endeavour, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mapology.

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