Do you enjoy walking through forests, over wild moorlands and up breezy hills? If so, the Yorkshire Dales are your kind of place.
But can you read a map? Really? Or do you rely on someone else for the detailed route-finding when you're plodging through the mist near a cliff-edge?
Perhaps you say you don't need a map, because you've got a perfectly good GPS app on your phone. In that case you may be due an embarrassing meeting with the local Mountain Rescue team...
Or perhaps you're simply a bit rusty, and could do with a refresher.
Nothing, but nothing, beats knowing how to use an old-school map and compass to navigate across unfamiliar territory. You can plan your own walks, rather than relying on others, and feel confident to go where you like. That's why we loved reading about the one-day map-reading courses offered by local expert and prolific author Mark Reid. Each course covers a beautiful and un-rushed route of about 6 miles through the Yorkshire Dales. There's plenty of time for the small group to learn and practise skills and to take rest stops. It sounds fun!
The bad news is that places on the courses get snapped up fast. The good news: while the Wharfedale courses are nearly sold out between now and the end of the year, there are still some places available in Ribblesdale, Malhamdale and Wensleydale.
Details are at teamwalking.co.uk/events/map-compass-skills. Move fast!
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