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in historic Richmond Park

"Relaxed, fun, informative and friendly"  

Beginner's Map Reading participant

If you are planning to explore new areas and plan adventures for yourself, friends and family, it is important to have a grounding in map reading. 

Join me for a journey through beautiful Richmond park where we will explore the basics  of map reading, plus talk about basic kit and outdoor safety, in a relaxed environment.  

Beginners Map Reading in Richmond Park

Are you puzzled by grid references, intimidated by scale or simply not sure why it is all relevant to you?

Join me in historic Richmond Park to boost your confidence in a low-stress, friendly environment.

  • See how maps translate to real life

  • Benefit from a small group and personalised learning

  • Enjoy a 3-4 hour walk in beautiful surroundings

  • Access easily by train or tube from central London

Topics covered:

  • Types of maps

  • Key and map symbols   

  • Scale and distance   

  • Compass directions

  • Four and six figure grid references  

  • Contour lines   

  • Basic navigation using a compass can also be included.


You will also gain an insight into the history, flora, fauna and management of this unique national nature reserve.

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Individual and group bookings are welcome

Practical Details

Alternative locations include London, Slough, Reading, Bracknell, Basingstoke, Swindon, Bristol and anywhere in between - please ask.

All in-person courses and adventures will be run according to government restrictions at the time.   I am currently gathering expressions of interest and will be in touch when it looks like things are opening up.   When contacting me, please tell me as much as possible about you so that I can propose a journey that will suit your needs and aims.


  • Specialist equipment will be provided (bring your own footwear and clothes!).

  • Walking duration will vary according to the group and route but the maximum duration will be 3 hours, on easy, lowland terrain.

  • Small groups (up to 5).

  • Accessible starting points near train stations.

  • A kit list will be provided in advance.

  • Your own refreshments should be provided.  

  • Fully insured, experienced and outdoor / mental health first aid trained.   Click here to read more about me.

  • Covid secure measures will be taken.

We take the utmost care to operate within Government Covid-19 guidelines.

Click here for our covid-safe policy.

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