The 2022 Festival is now over. Many thanks to everyone who took part and enabled it to happen. Hope to see you all next year!

Consolidation of map & compass

Following a successful session last year, we are offering a further mountain navigation workshop this year. This is the ‘consolidation’ session, for those who feel they have the basics of navigation but would like to practise techniques such as bearings, pacing, timing and aspects of slope on terrain that could need them. There is also an introductory workshop on Friday.

 | Overview

Approx. 10km

Highest Point Gained

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths and steep sections; rough, pathless and potentially boggy terrain.

Technical Rating
Easy scrambling, elements of exposure, some rough terrain.

Endurance Rating
Long distance, some steep ascent and descent, moderate amount of stamina needed in bursts, suitable for reasonably fit walkers. Have had recent experience of walking for 5-7 hours? Have you recently walked up (and down) hills without physical too much distress? If your answer is "No", we'd guess you'd be happier doing a walk rated a level lower than the one you’ve just read! As noted previously, we're into FUN so we don't want you to miss out by overdoing it.


Sunday 15 May 2022

Meeting Time

Meeting Place

 | Walk description

The session will out to an area suitable for practising map and compass skills in a fun and hands-on way. Where it will take place will be determined by the conditions on the day, but it will be off-path for at least some of it, quite possibly in a less frequented area of Arran.

The pace will be quite slow as the focus will be on reading the landscape, comparing what can be seen on the ground and on the map, practising setting and walking on compass bearings and trying out timing and pacing as well as other mountain navigation techniques.

At the end of the day, participants will hopefully feel more confident about having a go at using map and compass to navigate in the hills, an essential skill for walking in the British mountains.

Route Profile

 | Advised Kit List

Essential hill gear

  • NO jeans – anyone wearing jeans will not be allowed to start the walk, and no refund will be possible
  • Stout hill walking boots
  • Appropriate walking trousers, top layers and fleece – preferably no cotton layers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) trousers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) jacket
  • Spare layers
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Packed lunch and drink - please consider the use of re-useable water bottles and food wrapping.
  • Any personal medicines

Other recommended kit

  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Spare socks
  • Blister plasters

The 2022 Festival is now over. Many thanks to everyone who took part and enabled it to happen. Hope to see you all next year!