Take the Road Less Travelled, Practical Map Reading and Walk Planning, Princes Risborough (0502)

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    Start dateOctober 28 2023
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    Time01:00 pm
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    LocationHP27 0AW
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    Price£5 per Adult, Children under 17 yrs free.

It’s not widely appreciated that in Great Britain we have the best maps, suitable for navigation, of most countries in the world. In the Chilterns we also enjoy the most extensive network of footpaths found anywhere in England. All that is needed is to put the two together and you’ve got a walk.

We will navigate ourselves around a scenic 4.5 mile walk, through the typical Chiltern terrain of fields and woodland, using common navigation techniques. We will also familiarise ourselves with the useful bits of information a map can give, not only useful for knowing your position on the map, but also useful for helping you to plan walks. During the walk we will also introduce some compass techniques, which, while not usually necessary for Chiltern walks, will definitely be worth becoming familiar with, for walking in more remote areas.

Additional information

Participants will need to bring the OS Explorer Map (1/25000) 181, Chiltern Hills North, available from W H Smiths and other high street stores. Those who want to embrace compass skills will also need a compass. The Silva range of compasses is recommended.
Besides the map and compass described earlier, participants will need to be properly dressed for a country walk in our unpredictable weather. Participants need to bring enough fluids for the afternoon.

This is an afternoon’s walk through a working countryside. It involves some steep slopes and stiles and the possibility of muddy and wet tracks. The walk is not at all arduous but participants need to be fit enough and prepared for English weather variations.

There is a public toilet at the meeting point.

Stuart Fletcher. Stuart lives on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. As a walk leader for over 30 years, he likes to dream up walks along the infinite possibilities of footpaths the area offers, through beautiful landscapes.
Meet beside the M&S Food Hall car park, New Road, Princes Risborough. There is parking in and around Princes Risborough.
3.5 miles
Short walks (up to 3 miles)
3 hours 30 minutes
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)
Yes (This is primarily a practical guide on how to get the most out of a map and compass. It will prove useful for adults who want to get out walking and exploring more by themselves and for teenagers embarking on Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes. Some of the basic techniques will be picked up easily by children.)
Yes (Princes Risborough is well served by the London to Birmingham Chiltern Line railway and by the Arriva 300 and X30 bus services.)