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Open the Map course - South Downs

  • Location Arundel
  • Price from £65.00
  • Survival / Bushcraft
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Yoga / Mindfulness
  • Mindful escape
  • Learn new skills
  • Microadventure


A practical one day introduction to map reading aimed at those with little or no experience of using a map and compass. Held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the aim of this fun introduction to navigation is to enable you to navigate safely and competently and be confident enough to start exploring on your own - we want you to enjoy learning those new essential skills! Learning is informal and relaxed, with plenty of practical experience out in the countryside, within a small group of up to 8 people. We cover around 4 to 6 miles each day, following paths across farmland, valleys, riversides, woodland, hills and downland in the Sussex and Surrey countryside. Our Skills Academy has been providing courses for individuals and groups for over nine years and our courses are run by highly qualified and experienced instructors. We pride ourselves on providing the very best customer service and individual attention to ensure our guests get the maximum benefit from our courses. We have a huge amount of experience and expertise in providing outdoor skills courses, and we are recognised as one of the leading providers in the region.  We also offer our Open the Map course on the North Downs if that is more convenient.

Learning Outcomes 
  • Introduction to the map 
  • Understanding scales and symbols 
  •  Orientate the map with and without a compass 
  •  A basic understanding of contours and matching landforms 
  •  Measuring distance on and off the map 
  •  Grid references 
  •  Direction of travel and land features 
  •  Introduction to setting compass bearings 
  •  Choosing simple, safe routes 
  •  Understanding the Countryside Code and access rights 
  •  Understanding the weather 
  •  The right equipment 
  •  Safety outdoors

This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:

  • Corporates
  • Families
  • Hen / Stag parties
  • School groups

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    What's included

  • Equipment Use of map and compass for the day
  • Other Qualified and experienced instructor

    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Food Packed lunch and snacks
  • Drink Water and flask of hot drink


Custom Policy

Our standard cancellation terms are as follows:
Should you or any member of your party be forced to cancel your booking, you must do so in writing and by the person who made the original booking. Your letter of cancellation must be sent to us by post or email. The cancellation will take effect from the date that such written notice is received in our office. For a cancellation received more than 6 weeks before the start date of the activity an administration charge of £30 will be forfeit, whilst any other payment towards the cost of the activity will be refunded. For later cancellations any payment towards the activity will be refunded less the following charges: The customer will be charged on the following basis: 50% of the total fee where cancellation takes place less than 6 weeks but more than 4 weeks before the booked date; or 75% of the total fee where cancellation takes place less than 4 weeks but more than 2 weeks before the booked date; or 100% of the total fee where cancellation takes place within the period of 2 weeks before the commencement date of the booked date; or 100% of the total fee where cancellation takes place on or after the booked date.  
At this time we would be very grateful if customers opted to reschedule or accept vouchers for their activity, rather than cancel if at all possible and we are happy to be flexible with our customers to accommodate this.




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