The right path to make the most of the Chilterns

One day course to help ram­blers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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