Contour Mapping Workshop

Contour Mapping Workshop

£45.00 per person

The Contour Mapping Workshop from Original Outdoors uses unique contour-only scale maps to deliver focused navigation practice and training.


13th October 2019 (Berwynion)
30th November 2019 (Moelwynion)
12th January 2020 (Capel Curig)
14th March 2020 (Ogwen Valley)
25th October 2020 (Berwynion)

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You can purchase places on this course for somebody else as a gift voucher. Please see the tab below the course description below for more information, or you can select the relevant option from the dropdown menu above.

Contour Mapping Workshop

1-day Contour-Map training courses held in North Wales

£45.00 per person

This is a slightly different type of navigation course – rather than using the familiar Ordnance Survey or Harveys maps we use maps that ONLY have just the contours marked on them. This allows us to strip away confusing and distracting features and focus entirely on navigating using the slopes and folds of the landscape.

These workshops give the student an in-depth understanding of how contours work, how to visualise a three-dimensional landscape from a two-dimensional representation on a map and teach you to trust the map and see past distracting features.

This is an ideal training course for those going on to some kind of navigation-relevant assessment, such as one of the Mountain Training leadership courses, Gold NNAS or other navigation assessments.

This course is for people with at least some previous navigation experience and who want to continue to develop their skills. If you want to learn to navigate from scratch then please consider our L1 Basic Land Navigation Course.

We use uniquely-generated contour mapping at both 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scales at different point in the day. We will provide the maps for the course.

One of our qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders will show you a variety of techniques and skills, and you will have plenty of opportunity to practice your skills.
Please see below for full course content.

The course runs from 9am to approximately 4pm.

Course Content

  • Use of contour-only maps in 25k and 50k scales
  • Setting the map to the landscape and understanding contours instinctively
  • Understanding Aspect of Slope and slope angles
  • Estimating distance across rolling terrain
  • Seeing past confusing map features
  • Working with different mapping scales
  • Choice of navigation strategies

2019 Course Dates

13th October 2019 (Berwynion)
30th November 2019 (Moelwynion)
12th January 2020 (Capel Curig)
14th March 2020 (Ogwen Valley)
25th October 2020 (Berwynion)

The Contour Mapping Workshops from Original Outdoors take place in different locations across North Wales – see date list for rough locations.

Full joining instructions and meeting points will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course.

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Richard Prideaux

The primary instructor for this course is Richard Prideaux, the lead instructor for Original Outdoors.

Richard has spent the majority of his adult life working in the great outdoors. He specialises in wilderness skills, foraging and teaching search operations to our professional clients at our sister site outdoorprofessional.co.uk, where you can read more about him and his experience.

Amongst other things he is a qualified mountain leader, spent several years as an active member of one of the North Wales mountain rescue teams and regularly appears on screen and in print talking about foraging, bushcraft and survival and other essential outdoor skills.

Richard lives near Ruthin in North Wales.

Gift Vouchers for our Navigation courses

We sell gift vouchers for almost all of our public skills and experience courses. The vouchers are an e-voucher with a code, plus an A4 PDF that can be personalised with a short message for the person receiving it.

How it works

The process works like this:

  1. You can either choose a specific course date, or choose ‘Gift Voucher’ if you just want the recipient to choose a date for themselves
  2. Once you have chosen either a date or a voucher AND the number of places then click through to the checkout and fill in your payment information
  3. Your order will be processed and we will get in touch with you directly by email to ask if you want to add a message to the PDF
  4. We will send the PDF and the unique e-voucher code to you by email, along with another PDF that has instructions on how the person receiving the voucher can redeem it and claim their place
  5. You give the voucher to the person receiving it and they claim their place and pass their contact information to us so we can send them the rest of the course information

Please take a look at our Gift Voucher Terms and Conditions on this page, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Do I need to bring any equipment?

There is a minimum equipment list but it is what you would expect for an outdoor training course. You will also need to provide your food etc for the day..
We will also supply maps and information sheets.

Do I need any previous experience?

This is not a basic navigation course, and you will get A LOT more out of the course if you have some experience in using a compass and an Ordnance Survey map. If you are looking for a course that covers the basics of navigation with a map and compass then take a look at our L1 Basic Land Navigation course.

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be fit enough for several hours of walking on steep paths and occasionally rough ground. The pace is slow though, and the focus is on learning and skills not speed. If you have any questions about fitness then please get in touch.

Can I purchase a gift voucher for this course?

Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher for somebody else by selecting the relevant option from the dropdown menu above. We can also create a custom PDF voucher that you can print off and give to the course recipient.
Terms and conditions for our Gift Vouchers can be found here.

Private Navigation Courses

Any of our public courses can be booked as a private event, or we can create a day or event to meet your specific requirements.

Please get in touch directly, or take a look at the popular private courses below.