November 5, 2015


Map reading skills: Understanding map symbols


Campsite map symbol

Last week we started our six-week blog series on map reading skills. Map reading is an essential skill for any explorer or outdoor enthusiast. We’ve teamed up with Steve Backshall to record a series of videos to remind you of the basics and help you feel confident with your map.

Last week we covered which OS map you need and this week we’ll be talking about understanding map symbols. Over the next month we’ll also cover:

  • Making sense of contour lines
  • How to read a grid reference, both four-figure and six-figure versions
  • Knowing your compass and how to take a compass bearing
  • Understanding magnetic north

We’ll share Steve’s video with you, give a summary in the blog and point you in the right direction (no pun intended) for further resources and details. Hear what Steve has to say about map symbols: Read More