Dorset course start locations, details and directions

Map reading courses start from a number of locations across Dorset - course joining details with directions are sent to all course participants

Zoom in and click on a map pin to see the actual location of the car park - You can also choose to get directions from Google maps to each car park from your current location.

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Abbotsbury Village car park (paid)
50.665073,-2.597171
Black Down car park
50.688079,-2.545383
Okeford Hill - Blandford Forum
50.88403, -2.26849
Abbotsbury village car park 

Abbotsbury village car park

Abbotsbury is situated in central Dorset and is easily reached within an hour (or less) from the nearby towns of Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport and Swanage and the surrounding counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire and even South Devon.

The village gives access to the coastal and inland network of footpaths that are ideal for novices and those looking to improve skills.

Those taking part will need to be fit enough to climb up and down a few, but not an excessive number of hills.

The postcode DT3 4JL will get you to the right area, but NOT the actual car park using a satnav. This is a paid car park and you will need to pay for the parking in addition to the course cost.

Map reading courses start from Abbotsbury village car park

Dorset map reading course dates and information

2019 - One and two day map reading courses and National Navigation Award Scheme bronze level courses.

Dorset course dates and location information are being added soon.


21 March (Thursday) - Marlborough - one day map reading

27 28 April - Bronze NNAS - Marlborough

16 May (Thursday) - Marlborough - one day map reading

18 19 May - mountain navigation and hill skills - South Wales

1 2 June - Two day map reading course - Marlborough area

Email Nigel to ask for further information

New Forest Navigation runs a number of map reading and how to use a compass courses that start from Abbotsbury, Dorset.
One to one, one to two and small group map and compass one and two day courses.
National Navigation Award Scheme bronze level map reading course - suitable for complete beginners.
One day map reading and how to use a compass course - Ideal for complete beginners.
One and two day (day two) map and compass courses - learn further map and compass skills.
ALL maps, compasses and navigation equipment are provided as part of the course cost - just bring yourself!

Abbotsbury - Black Down car park 

Black Down car pak

Black Down car park near Abbotsbury is situated in south Dorset and is easily reached within an hour (or less) from the nearby towns of Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport and Swanage and the surrounding counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire and even South Devon.

The village gives access to the coastal and inland network of footpaths that are ideal for novices and those looking to improve skills.

Those taking part will need to be fit enough to climb up and down a few, but not an excessive number of hills.

The postcode DT3 4JL will get you to the right area, but NOT the actual car park using a satnav. This is a paid car park and you will need to pay for the parking in addition to the course cost.

Map reading courses start from Black Down car park

New Forest Navigation runs a number of map reading and how to use a compass courses that start from Abbotsbury, Dorset.
One to one, one to two and small group map and compass one and two day courses.
National Navigation Award Scheme bronze level map reading course - suitable for complete beginners.
One day map reading and how to use a compass course - Ideal for complete beginners.
One and two day (day two) map and compass courses - learn further map and compass skills.
ALL maps, compasses and navigation equipment are provided as part of the course cost - just bring yourself!

Blandford Forum - Okeford Hill car park 

Okeford Hill car pak

Okeford Hill car park near Shillingstone and Blandford Forum is situated in north east Dorset and is easily reached within an hour or two (or less) from the nearby towns of Gillingham, Shaftsbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport and Swanage and the surrounding counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire and even Devon.

The car park gives access to a network of footpaths, tracks and downland paths that are ideal for novices and those looking to improve skills.

Those taking part will need to be fit enough to climb up and down a few, but not an excessive number of hills.

The postcode DT11 0EF will get you to the right area, but NOT the actual car park using a satnav.

Map reading courses start from Okeford Hill car park near Blandford Forum

New Forest Navigation runs a number of map reading and how to use a compass courses that start from near Blandford Forum, Dorset.
One to one, one to two and small group map and compass one and two day courses.
National Navigation Award Scheme bronze level map reading course - suitable for complete beginners.
One day map reading and how to use a compass course - Ideal for complete beginners.
One and two day (day two) map and compass courses - learn further map and compass skills.
ALL maps, compasses and navigation equipment are provided as part of the course cost - just bring yourself!

New Forest Navigation map reading courses start from car parks and villages within the New Forest National Park. The New Forest is located in south Hampshire, South East England. It is easily accessible from the surrounding counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, Sussex and London. No need to travel to Snowdnia or Peak District with the New Forest on your door step!
Course start locations are reached easily from all New Forest villages and towns, which all have a huge range of accommodation options; Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Lymington, Christchurch, Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Burley, Sway and further afield at Bournemouth, Southampton and Salisbury.

New Forest Navigation

Learn Map Reading and how to use a Compass courses in the New Forest.
New Forest National Park, Hampshire, UK
07873575997