Map Reading Made Easy - Online Course - Community Learning - 18:00-20:00

Online Courses, Nottingham

Key details

Date -
Sessions Tuesdays: 6pm - 8pm
No. sessions 3
Venue Online Courses, Nottingham
For ages 19+
Group size 5 - 12
Cost Free

About this course

Interested in understanding the basics of map reading and navigation?  Join us on this interactive course where we will look at: 

  • What are all the different map symbols?
  • What direction are you going in?
  • How do grid references help you to find places?
  • What is scale?
  • How do you measure distance?
  • How are hills and mountains shown on a map?
  • How to plan a walking route?

Our Map Reading Made Easy online course is suitable for anyone who wants to understand how to read a map and plan a walking route to enjoy the local countryside.


On this course you will find out the answers to the following:

  • What are all the different map symbols?
  • What direction are you going in?
  • How do grid references help you to find places?
  • What is scale?
  • How do you measure distance?
  • How are hills and mountains shown on a map?
  • How do you plan a walking route?

By the end you will:

  • Understand the use of an ordnance survey map
  • Know how to Plan a route using grid references
  • Have basic compass using skills.

For the course you will need a ruler, a piece of string or wool or a shoelace, a calculator or phone calculator, magnifying glass (not essential), pen and paper.


You will need to print a copy of Map Reading Made Easy https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/documents/resources/map-reading-made-easy.pdf


If you don’t have access to a printer don’t worry this workbook can be posted to you.


As this course is online, a suitable device such as laptop, smart phone, tablet or computer will be required to access the course.  Zoom will be used for the live sessions and the link will be sent to you once your enrolment has been completed.

Booking your place and fee information

To secure your place on the course BOTH the following must be done:

  • Complete the EVENTBRITE BOOKING.
  • Complete our INSPIRE ONLINE ENROLMENT FORM for each person attending the course.

You should be redirected to the Inspire Online Enrolment Form after completing the Eventbrite booking.  If you are not redirected, please use the link supplied in the Eventbrite booking confirmation email.

To book and enrol on one of our courses, you must have been living in England and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years.

Some exceptions may apply if you are living in England with evidence of the right to remain and are from an EEU/EEAU country (completion of a questionnaire will be required).

As we no longer receive funding for our ESFA-funded courses for learners living in the devolved areas listed below, full cost fees would apply to these courses if you live in these areas:

  • Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield 
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater London
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • West Yorkshire

This course is programmed as part of the Miner2Major Landscape Partnership scheme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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