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Navigation for Walkers Paperback – 1 Feb 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cordee; 2001 First Edition edition (1 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871890543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871890549
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Hello. While teaching map and compass courses over a number of years I have refined my understanding of the navigation process – as they say: if you want to learn a subject, teach it. Knowing too that using a map to do a walk is much better than taking one from a guide book, it occurred to me that a book might bring the mysterious art to wider audience. Thus I hope that many people will now feel they can gain the freedom that only maps can bring to explore the UK’s magnificent public footpath network. This book is aimed primarily at people starting to do their own walks, or maybe graduating from guide books to maps. It offers quite a bit too if you want to brush up on basic skills.

The chapters build up logically from “What is a map?” through visualising the countryside, and reading the route, to navigating a walk. We look at using a compass to set the map and to point the way. There are chapters too on planning a walk, the extra techniques of hill and moorland navigation, and strategies to use if lost. Over the years on my own walks I have assembled numerous attractive photographs which illustrate map-reading points, and these appear with the related map extract alongside so you can compare the two, this being the bread and butter of map reading. The extracts come from Ordnance Survey maps at the two main scales for walkers. I wanted the book not only to do a thorough job but also to look good with profuse colour illustrations. And I wanted the book to be fun to use.

Here are a few snippets from some reviews: “Will embolden even total duffers.” The Times. “Unusually well organised and well illustrated.” Manchester Evening News. “And most impressively, how to translate lines and symbols into the living landscape.” Birds (RSPB) Magazine. “Delicious photographs.....massively competent.” The School Librarian.

Julian Tippett


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Extraordinarily helpful book. Beautifully illustrated with extracts from the excellent Ordnance Survey maps. It really does bring maps to life and is a joy to read. Easy to understand, without being childish, and I doubt whether even experienced map users don't learn a few new things, I did! Given that its price is about the same as a couple of O/S maps, it would be silly not to buy this book as a permanent companion.
In some ways the title is somewhat limited as, whilst addressed to walkers, the book is still of great relevance to anyone who uses maps for leisure purposes. Cyclists, particularly "off-track" mountain bikers, and any folk who like to get out into the great outdoors will find it of great benefit.
I cannot think of any aspect in connection with map reading which the book does not address, so far as the leisure user is concerned.
Perhaps the best way of summing up this book flows the author's own comment "One of my pleasant forms of escapism is to pore over the map of an attractive walking area, and to work out a number of walks to follow on an eagerly vist there, and I'll sometimes do this even if I have no plans to go there." With Julian Tippett's splendid book we can all do this and bring the landscape to life even when stuck in doors, at work, or simply whenever the countryside seems sadly too far away.
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This book must rate as the ultimate guidebook on navigation skills for walkers.The book covers the basics of navigation for beginners starting out using a map and compass, yet it also covers more advanced navigation skills such as walking across hills and moorland. This book is relevant to many levels of experiences in navigation techniques. The book is particularly relevant to the UK market in that the author illustrates the navigation techniques using UK ordnance survey maps. My only criticism is that the author appears quite negative about GPS systems. Due to the increasing popularity of such devices, in future editions he may have ignore these negative attitudes and include a new chapter on using GPS alongside OS mapping. WELL RECOMMENDED!!!
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An excellent book that takes the reader on a tour of basic navigation. As one who has done his fair share of map reading I discovered new ideas and a fresh insight into the basics.
By using clear language the author communicates in a concise way how to navigate from a 'birds eye view'[on the map]and the from the walkers 'real life' perspective.
Most of us need a refresher and this is the book to read; it does not treat you like an idiot, but answers all the basic questions you really want to ask.
A brilliant job Mr Tippett.
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By Darth Spaniel VINE VOICE on 29 May 2005
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I bought this book to help the kids understand how to use a map and compass as my efforts had met with limited success. Within 30 minutes of using this guide they were all getting the hang of it and within an hour they'd all cracked it.
Ideal for anyone learning how to get to grips with countryside navigation and is packed with clear photos and diagrams to help explain things. A handy book to have.
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Not having any experience of hill walking or map reading it's always difficult to really know if the book you have just ordered on Amazon is going to suffice. Will it be clear, easy to read for a beginner and will it keep my interest.

Well this book is a gem, extremely clear and easy to read and with the full colour photographs my interest is still with the book even though I am now at work waiting to go home so I can read some more.

Can't wait to try out my new found knowledge in the 'wild'.
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Do yourself a huge favour. Put your GPS back in it's box where it belongs and read this book. 100 times more useful and a tenth of the price of any fancy electronic gadgets you've bought. I know because Ive bought them all myself !

This book really is that good. Read it, learn it and then apply it when out on the hills and your will be better prepared than anybody else out there.
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This book is excellent!!

The clippy card which is a navigational aid included and explained in the book is the best navigation tool I have ever used.....and I own a GPS!
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This is a book so easy to understand,that it should be in the backpack,without a doubt. Even if you have no knowledge at all on navigation,you soon will have after reading this. No matter where you are,in (Spring Summer,Autum or Winter).It will get you where you need to be. And it is packed with safety tips,that could even save your life.I would say it's one of the best I have seen. !ups Dont forget the compass.and the map.
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