Why bother with navigation?

"Desire sets our compass,

but real life steers our course" 

Mitch Albom

If you want a 'walk', you can simply follow the finger posts and wooden directional signs, if you want an 'adventure', you can follow your compass and go 'off piste' to encounter experiences that may never be seen again...

If this sounds like you, then learning how to use a map and compass means 'the outdoors is your playground' and you can read the un-trodden ground like you can read yourself.

Learning how to use OS maps and Harvey maps (UK) are a good start:

1:25,000 OS Explorer map (orange)

1:50,000 OS Landranger map (pink)

1:40,000 Harvey Map

Learning how to use a compass is also very important. Start with SILVA base compasses (used by Duke of Edinburgh Award groups, British Orienteering and National Trail adventurers)

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