The right path to make the most of the Chilterns
One day course to help ramblers
WALKERS and ramblers can go on a one-day course this weekend that aims to help them make the most of the Chiltern countryside.
The Pathfinder mapreading course has been organised by the Chiltern Society and will take place on Sunday from 10am to 4pm starting at the White Hill Centre in White Hill, Chesham.
Further courses have been organised for Tuesday, February 24, Thursday, March 26, and others will follow in the summer.
Following indoor introduction, an experienced guide will take walkers on an easy route in the Chilterns
an covering a range of skills to help them navigate confidently in the great outdoors.
The course includes learning about map scales, grid references, contours, symbols, compass bearings and estimating the time it will take to do a walk.
It also covers information about access rights and useful tips on clothing and equipment.
Former National Park Ranger John White, the society’s director of conservation and development said: “More and more people are enjoying the countryside but some are deterred from venturing into areas in the Chilterns they would really like to explore because they fear they don’t have sufficient map reading skills.
“This day course
will give them the confidence and skills they need to walk in unfamiliar areas.”
Participants will need clothing and footwear suitable for the weather on the day, a small rucksack with a packed lunch and personal items along with a 1:25000 map of the area around Chesham (Explorer 181) and a compass.
It costs £6 for members of the Chiltern Society and £10 for non-members.
Places can be booked in advance by contacting office@chilternsociety. org.uk or calling 01494 771 250.
The Chiltern Society is a registered charity with nearly 7,000 members and more than 400 volunteers who are dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the unique Chilterns countryside.
For details and more information visit www. chilternsociety.org.uk.