STANFORDS LONDON – FRIDAY 31ST MAY 2019
Well in the words of U2, I scaled the big city walls and went to that Lon Don. After getting slightly freaked by the gazillions of people in Leicester Square (probably the same number of people I see in a year in the Peak District in about 45 seconds), I arrived at Stanfords the legendary map shop.
A quick drool over their map collection and a latte, which is Lon don for ‘coffee’, I met with the fantastic OS crew of Jonathan, Tim and Gemma (some of the OS brains supporting the GetOutside initiative).
OS is running a fantastic campaign to encourage people of all shapes, sizes, ages etc to enjoy our National Parks. Whether walking, cycling, canoeing, climbing, in a baby buggy or on a pogo stick (do they sell have them?), it helps everyone GetOutside and get fit, healthy and have fun. And what a place to do it. We have some of the most stunning countryside in the world to enjoy on our doorsteps.
The workshop attendees arrived and what a great bunch – all ages- just wanting to improve their nav and confidence to enjoy the great outdoors. The two hours flew by as we covered group work, route planning, map reading and micro nav’ing, compass work, relocation and the emergency procedure.
There was a real buzz as we talked and marked up routes, reminded everyone of techniques, practiced some, then added hints and tips and went through practice exercises.
Fuelled and fired up the workshop ended with smiling faces and the next trips in their head already in mind, ‘The Cumbrian way’, ‘The South Downs’ – all now set for adventure.
Many thanks to Stanfords and of course OS for encouraging everyone to get outside, and for the massive effort they put into National Map reading week.
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