One Day Navigation Course  – Dates: Oct 24th.
Meeting: Glendalough 9am Cost: € 55pp

Overview of the course.

  • Map Reading,  Setting a Map, Map scales and index,  Map Contours,
  • Compass work, How to use a compass, Taking a bearing and follow
  • The course is given by a recognized Mountaineering Ireland Provider.
  • Map Sheet 56 and Silva Type 4 compass are best for this course.

Navigation Course

Introduction to map reading and compass work.

Meeting at 9am – Brockagh Center, Laragh

This one-day course is held around the mountains near Glendalough and Laragh in County Wicklow. This is a great area with plenty of suitable locations to practice your newly learned skills.

At the end of this course you will have a good understanding of how to read a map and how to use your compass properly for navigating on the hills, although practice does make perfect.

The course is split between indoor and outdoor sessions.

Morning Session: (Indoor)

  • Introduction to your map (we will be using OSI sheet 56 for this course)
  • Scales of a map, what they mean. 1:50,000, 1:25,000, best map for Hill Walking.
  • Features of a map, contour lines, index and what these are.
  • How a map is representative of the ground it covers.
  • GPS coordinates of a map and how to read them.
  • Introduction to the compass and its parts.

Lunch Break – You can buy lunch in Glendalough or bring it with you.

Afternoon Session: (Outdoor)

  • How to set your map.
  • Recognise features on the landscape from your map.
  • Timing and Pacing for measuring distance.
  • Using your compass with your map. Taking a bearing for direction to walk.
  • Measuring distance from your map and applying this to the ground.
  • Using some simple navigation techniques to get to your required location.
  • Choosing a safe and suitable route.

The course is given by a recognised Mountain Leader and provider with Mountaineering Ireland.

A lot of the course is spent out on the hills standing about so do dress appropriately.


What to bring: Walking Boots, Rain gear, Backpack, snacks for hills, water, gloves and hat.

We use OSI Sheet 56 on this course and Sliva 4 type compass, available in most outdoor stores.

We will have some spare maps and compasses on the day but its best to have your own.

Tip. If you are going to buy a map, some are water resistant and others aren’t …. Its best to also buy a waterproof casing for your map as it will greatly extend its life time. You could also use a see trough zip-lock bag for the time being.

You Can Buy these Items from our On-Line store here HilltopTreks On-Line Shop


How do I get to Glendalough from Dublin?

Take the N11 from Dublin as far as Kilmacanogue and At junction 8, take the N11/R755/Kilmacanoge. Then continue on R756 through Roundwood and Annamoe to Laragh. Continue towards Glendalough passing the Wicklow Heather restaurant on your left and take the next right to the centre.


Cancellation Policy:

• A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 72hrs in advance, or in case of no-show.
• A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 5 Days in advance.
• No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 5 or more days in advance.

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