Fun activity for groups, teams or couples - take your next team day outside.
Course takes place on mostly surfaced tracks and paths - the perfect all weather and all year round activity.
Ideal starting point for novices - Absolute beginners will learn to use a map and a start using a compass*
Everyone can and does learn how to use a compass to point them down the correct path.
*Learning use of compass will depend on group size. If you want time to learn to use a compass then consider the full one or two day course.
Course lasts around 3 - 3.5 hours at a relaxed learning pace.
The course length is around 6km on mostly surfaced tracks and paths
One to one, one to two, couples and groups always welcome with courses arranged to suit. Midweek courses dates and navigation training tailored to suit you. AM/PM course that starts at a forest car park with toilets.
ALL map reading equipment is provided.
Quality maps and compasses are provided to each participant - Just bring yourselves…
Course joining details are sent a few weeks before the course start date and include comprehensive details to get to the start locations and recommended clothing and equipment list. If you want additional kit advice then just ask.
Just wanted to say thank you Nigel, for a great day yesterday. I'm beginning to think that next time I get a bit lost in a peat Moor I might just get out a bit quicker than before! (No guarantees though).
You're an excellent guide/teacher (enabler?), patient and kind.
Thank you again..you've been recommended on our MPC page. If you ever want to break into the US market........
Best wishes Judi - Uk Peakers Group April 2017 (bespoke group one day map reading)
The introduction to map reading course is ideal for beginners with absolutely no previous experience necessary. Everyone can learn to use a map AND a compass on this basic map reading course.
You will learn to:
Read a map using easy to find features such as tracks, paths and forest rides.
Learn how to orient yourself and the map to easy to find features such as tracks, paths, rides and boundary features so you can choose the correct track and path to go down.
Measure the map and use time to keep track of distance and where you are.
Start using easy to find features to break your route down into smaller chunks.
Use a compass to point you down the correct track, path or forest ride.
On this course you will learn to use a compass to point you down the correct path. Don't worry if that sounds difficult, anyone can, and everyone does learn an easy to remember 1-2-3 process to use the compass. You will also get a chance to practice a few times before the end of the course.
You will also learn how to measure distance on the map and use time to stay 'on track'. Find the right tracks and paths to walk down, dismiss the ones you do not want and start planning and walking your own routes.
Course duration and length
The introduction to map reading course is usually about 3 to 3.5 hours. This basic map reading course is an ideal starting point for the map reading novice and is walked at a steady relaxed pace. The course length is around 5-6km (less than 4 miles). If you want more time to practice skills then maybe consider booking the day one course.
All weather fun!
Most of the course takes place on surfaced tracks, paths and well drained rides making it a fun all weather activity. Family groups, groups of friends and couples are most welcome to book a course just for them, just ask Nigel to arrange this.
Proper maps and real compasses are provided for all courses and you can take home a handy timing card and compass use crib so you don't have to remember everything. Just bring yourself and enjoy.
Still want to know more? Just securemail and ask.
Introduction to map reading courses start from Wilverley Plain car park, Ashurst railway station and Standing Hat car park in the New Forest. Wareham Forest courses start from Cold Harbour car park. Maps of the car park locations can be viewed below.
Wilverley Plain and standing Hat car parks are very close to the villages of Brockenhurst and Burley and not far from Lymington and Lyndhurst. If you are coming from further a field they are both very central and easily reached from Christchurch and Bournemouth to the south west, Salisbury and Wiltshire area to the north and from Hampshire, Surrey or London using the main road network. Do allow enough time to travel across the forest and download or check directions before you come!
New Forest Navigation map reading courses start from New Forest car parks that are all easily reached by car from New Forest villages and surrounding towns and main transport links and road network for those coming across Hampshire from London or South East or West England.
Courses can also be arranged to start from the centre of Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst or Ashurst railway station. Additionally a lift can be arranged if you arrive public transport or are using public transport to travel within the forest. Courses for groups, corporate or special events can start at or close to your venue. Ask securemail to find out more.
Full course joining details will be sent a couple of weeks before the course start date. This will include start and finish times, car park locations and directions and suggestions for what food and clothing to bring. If you want these details before you book then do get in touch and ask.
Wilverley Plain or Inclosure Forestry car park - details and directions:
Wilverley Plain car park is on the Brockenhurst to Burley Road with directions and further course information on the website here:
The postcode BH25 5TZ will get you to the right road, but NOT the actual car park using a satnav. The postcode is for Wilverley Lodge which you will pass on your left BEFORE the car park/s entrance if you are approaching from the A35, continue on until you see the car park on your left. If you are approaching via Brockenhurst then you will see the car park/s on your right, if you get to the house you have gone too far! Please do not drive up to the house.
I would strongly suggest you check the location and get/print the directions from Google BEFORE coming to the forest. Burley Rd, New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire BH25 5TZ, UK
Both car parks Wilverley Inclosure and Wilverley Plain lead into each other and I usually park in Wilverley Plain car park either on the open plain or near the public toilets.
Anderwood car park - The postcode BH24 4HS will get you to the general area but not the actual car park.
From London, Souththampton, Lyndhurst - Take the A35 towards Christchurch go PAST the Rhinefield/Bolderwood cross road and then take the FIRST right onto ‘Lyndhurst Road’ towards Burley (grass triangle island) - This road is not sign posted from the main road but does have a main road sign with a 6’6” except for access sign. Go about 1.5 miles down this road and Anderwood car park is on your right.
From Christchurch (New Milton) - Follow the A35 towards Lyndhurst, go past the Burley turn off (new 40 miles per hour limited bridge) and continue for around 2 miles or so and take the first left onto Lyndhurst Road (grass triangle island). The road is not sigh posted except for a ‘bend to right’ with junction sign. If you go past the turning take the next right onto the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive and true around.
From Brockenhurst. Take the Rhinefield Road to the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive to the A35. Turn left and drive a short distance down the A35 and FIRST right onto ‘Lyndhurst Road’ towards Burley (grass triangle island) - This road is not sign posted from the main road but does have a main road sign with a 6’6” except for access sign. Go about 1.5 miles down this road and Anderwood car park is on your right.
From Burley village centre - Start on Chapel lane that leads onto Lyndhurst Road. Chapel Lane starts at the Queens Head pub/main village car park. Follow this road for around 3 or 4 miles until you see the Anderwood car park on your left. If you approach the main road (A35)then you have gone to far!
This car park has a public toilet and ample free parking.
Standing Hat Forestry car park - details and directions: The track to Standing Hat car park is close to the Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst. Turn off the main road towards the hotel (sign posted Beaulieu), drive past the hotel entrance road, continue on this road with the houses on your right until the road bears right and the track will be straight in front of you. Follow the track past Tillery car park for about 1 mile towards the woodland and Standing Hat car park.
The postcode SO42 7QJ will get you to the right road, but NOT the actual car park using a satnav.
Fritham Forestry car park - details and directions:
Fritham car park is in Fritham, New Forest, about 100m past the Royal Oak pub with directions and further course information on the website here:
The postcode SO43 7HJ will get you to the right area, but NOT the actual car park using a satnav. Fritham and the Royal Oak pub are located right at the end of the T-junction road that is clearly sign posted.
I would strongly suggest you check the location and get/print the directions from Google BEFORE coming to the forest.
Fritham, Hampshire SO43 7HJ
If approaching from the west (Ringwood direction) you can turn off the A31 onto the Ocknell Plain and continue straight on until you reach the Fritham turning on your left. If you are traveling from the east or from within the New Forest (Southampton or Lyndhurst/Brockenhurst direction) you will need to use the B3078 Bramshaw to Fordingbridge Road as you CANNOT cross the A31 westbound!
The Fritham car park is about 100m past the Royal Oak Pub on the left down a Forest track. Do not take the immediate left almost opposite the pub; if you do turn round past the chapel and try again!
If approaching south or north on the A338 or from the east B3078, turn off for Fordingbridge (but not into the actual town) and head east looking for signs to Stuckton, Hyde and Frogham.
The car park is about a 1000 metres along the same road as the Foresters Arms pub and on the right before the road drops away down hill.
Abbots Well Rd, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2JD, UK
Ashley Walk/Godshill Cricket Forestry car park - details and directions:
Ashley Walk forestry car park, Roger Penny Way (B3078), Godshill, near Fordingbridge SP6 2LN.
The postcode will get you to the right area, but NOT the actual car park using a satnav. If approaching from Fordingbridge take the B3078 towards Brook/Bramshaw. The car park is on your right about a mile past the Fighting Cocks pub (just after the Godshill Cricket pitch car park).
If approaching from London/Southampton (M3/M27) take the Brook/Bramshaw Road (signed B3079) at Cadnam (M27/31 junction 1, third exit on right). At Bramshaw (Bramshaw Golf course on your right) turn left and take the B3078 (signed Fordingbridge) and continue along the B3078 for a few miles until you see the Ashley Walk car park on your left. If you reach the Godshill Cricket car park or Fighting Cocks pub you have gone too far and will need to turn back.
If approaching from with-in the New Forest on the A337, Lyndhurst Road (from Brockenhurst/Lyndhurst) bear left onto the A31 (towards motorway) BUT CONTINUE straight on/under the motor way picking up road signs for Brook/Bramshaw/Fordingbridge B3079. (DO NOT GO DOWN THE A31!). At Bramshaw (Bramshaw Golf course on your right) turn left and take the B3078 (signed Fordingbridge) and continue along the B3078 for a few miles until you see the Ashley Walk car park on your left. If you reach the Godshill Cricket car park or Fighting Cocks pub you have gone too far and will need to turn back.
I would strongly suggest you check the location and get/print the directions from Google BEFORE coming to the forest. Link: https://goo.gl/maps/q433w679NQN2 B3078 New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2LN, UK
High Corner Forestry car park - details and directions:
High Corner Forestry car park, Linwood, near Ringwood, BH24 3QY (the car park is on the left as you drop down to the track to the High Corner Inn :- http://www.highcornerinn.co.uk/home)
The track to the inn is clearly sign posted and the High Corner car park is about 300 metres down the track on the left before you drop down to the inn itself.
If approaching from Ringwood on the A338 (heading north to Fordingbridge) turn right down Ellignham Drove (brown tourist sign clearly sign posts the High Corner Inn).
If approaching from Fordingbridge on A338 (heading south towards Ringwood) turn left down Ellignham Drove (brown tourist sign clearly sign posts the High Corner Inn).
Continue down Ellignham Drove until you approach Moyles Court School (30mph sign/cattle grid) and the road will bear sharp right, continue on towards Linwood (signed for Linwood). The road bears left over a red bricked bridge to a road junction – turn left (signed Linwood), Take the right hand turn (with the grass triangle on you left) and continue straight on towards Linwood (the road goes slightly up hill with a lovely large oak on your left next to the 6’6” except for access sign!). This is the only raod to Lindwood stay on this for a few miles going past the Red Shoot Inn, access to Higher farm only (sign) and as you enter more open heathland and the road flattens out you will see the sign for the High Corner Inn. Take this track for 300 metres to the High Corner Forestry car park.
The Rockford Common car park is best accessed via the A338.
From the A338 Salisbury Road (Ringwood or Fordingbridge direction) use the Ellingham Drove Road exit for Moyles Court and Linwood (also brown signpost/s Redshoot Inn/camping site). Continue past the nature reserve lakes and then just after the cattle grid and Ibsley 30 speed sign continue straight on (sign posted Mockbegger and North Gorley) between between Moyles Court School playing fields/buildings.
Next right at junction and then over the ford and continue straight. Rockford Common car park (National Trust non-payment) is straight in front of you near the disused sand quarry (signposted as a T-junction road). If the ford is too high park either side of the road just before it and use the foot bridge!
Nearest Post Code BH24 3NF
Grid Reference SU164082
Open Street map link: https://osm.org/go/euib7EmOB--?m=
This postcode will get you to the general area of the car park but NOT the actual car park. PRINT off or make sure you have directions to the car park BEFORE coming to the forest.
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.