Three basic navigation skills that could get you out of trouble in an emergency

The best walking route apps allow you to find or plan your own routes then follow them as you walk.

One great example would be the OS Maps app.

With high quality mapping (not all apps, for example Komoot, have this) and some great routes to follow, OS Maps gives you the ability to explore further with confidence.

Except that apps and devices sometimes go wrong.

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What’s the best way to learn map and compass skills?

Learning complex new skills, and getting outside more often both help us to age well. So what better way to combine the two than to learn some map and compass skills.

A double whammy you might say.

Never too old to learn

Learning to navigate using a map and compass in my forties has given me so much more than the ability to find my way when I’m lost. It’s given me the confidence to explore, a renewed interest in outdoor exercise, and a whole new career in outdoor writing.

It’s also stopped me from getting lost in the first place.

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What did you do on New Year’s Eve? I went wild camping on Dartmoor

Leaving the comfort of a warm campervan to ‘sleep’ in a sloping, wind-bent tent might not seem like everybody’s idea of a New Year’s Eve party but, for Mr D and I, it was the perfect way to end a year, which hasn’t contained quite as many outdoor adventures as we would have liked it to.

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