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Navigation for Walkers Paperback – 1 Feb 2001
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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 UKs 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got it, used it, it works and its okay. (7 more words required but I've got nothing more to say)Published on 4 Jan. 2013 by Sam E
This book does exactly what it says on the tin
Using the book in conjunction with a navigation fot walking course and helps supplement the info gained on the course
I've been a keen walker over many years with a dire reputation for getting lost. No more! This is a brilliant book setting out in very simple terms how to use a compass and read 10... Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2010 by Sarah
Excellent book, well written, easy to follow through the logical steps taking you to a reasonable level of ability. Really recommended.Published on 26 Oct. 2009 by Mr. Mark A. Wigston
Explains the basics about maps; e.g. symbols, scales & references, etc.
Discusses the use of a compass & how to create & find routes. Read more
We bought the book in preparation for our first trip to Snowdonia area. The book teachs a lot of practical map reading and navagation skills. Read morePublished on 30 July 2009 by J. Mao