Map & Compass Skills

Date - 10/10/2021

Destination: Burrington Combe, Mendips

Description: Getting outside and having adventures is not only great fun, it’s also good for us. This one day course covers the basics of planning and enjoying a safe day out. You will learn how to interpret maps, use a compass and navigation techniques. Through a full day out walking you will be able to use and consolidate these skills. We use the beautiful Mendip Hills for this course, around 30 minutes south of Bristol by car.

We will discuss and recommend equipment for a safe, comfortable day out and pros and cons of modern navigation equipment. We will look at how to plan a trip including weather forecasts and dealing with emergency situations.

We can make no guarantee about this precise itinerary as we consider factors such as safety, fitness, natural obstacles and weather conditions. With this is mind, we reserve the right to change the plans should the forecast be unfavourable for the day.

Suitability: We aim to be inclusive and encourage a willingness to explore, we also welcome all ages and abilities where possible. This is suitable for people with some hill-walking experience.

Travel: The starting point is at Burrington Combe in the Mendips. It is not accessible by public transport but we try to encourage lift sharing so contact us prior to booking to discuss options.

Kit List: A comprehensive kit list will be provided at time of booking. If you have any questions about the best kit to take then we can advise.

Cost: The price is £40 for one days teaching and includes the services of an experienced and qualified Mountain Leader. The cost is per person and does not include your accommodation, food or travel.

Cancellation Policy: We need to have a minimum of three people for an event to run. If it does not meet the minimum, then we reserve the right to cancel with 7 days notice and a full refund will be given. We cannot be held liable for additional costs you may have incurred (eg accommodation, transport).

Booking cancellations must be made in writing or email. If you choose to cancel more than 28 days before an event takes place, we will refund you 50% on the total cost. If you cancel 28 days or less before an event takes place, no payment will be returned. We may offer credit towards future events in place of a refund.

Covid-19 Policy: If you test positive for Covid 19, experience the recognised symptoms of a continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or loss of taste and/or smell, been in close contact with someone else who has tested positive, had symptoms, in the 7 days prior to attending an event please stay at home. Please refer to our revised Covid-19 Cancellation Policy in the Booking Guidelines, we will transfer your money to the next suitable date.

You agree to bring a facemask and hand sanitiser and to use it when/if directed during the event. While it is likely that we will not be in a situation where a mask is needed for the duration of/ part of the event we ask you to bring an appropriate face covering to be worn if close contact is required or social distancing is not possible. You can use a facemask, reusable or disposable, or a buff or scarf that can be folded to create ideally 3 layers. You are welcome to wear a face covering at any point that you feel more comfortable doing so. Arriving at an event without a face covering may result in refusal to attend.

Insurance: We strongly recommend you take out appropriate trip insurance to cover for unforeseen events that may cause you to cancel your booking. BMC offer very good insurance so please do consider this.


Booking: Once payment is complete a place will be reserved on the event and you will be emailed a Medical Form, Informed Consent Form and the Booking Conditions Form. All three will need to be completed prior to the event starting. A copy of these forms will be emailed to you for your records, together with a suitable kit list and more contact information.

Lightfoot Leaders: The leaders are experienced and qualified Mountain Leaders who have suitable outdoor first aid training and insurance. Should you need to contact Lightfoot then please use the contact form or email address provided.

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