I was asked by a local college to assist with their preparations for the silver D of E Training programme and as such I found myself providing a recap on the fundamental navigational skills on the Peckforton Hills in Cheshire, which hosts not one but two castles although one is now a hotel and serves extremely good tea / coffee for those feeling flush.
The day started with introductions and a navigation quiz so that I could gauge the level of skill within the group and it soon became apparent that these were quite a knowledgeable group so without much fuss we set off to explore / navigate our way around the hills. Along the way we looked at:
- route choice;
- estimating times / distance / walking speed;
- compass bearings;
- emergency procedures; and
- flora and fauna.
When asked about the highlight of the day the group were very impressed by the edible leaves of wood sorrel, which tastes like a slightly bitter apple.
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