Map reading skills day on Meigle Hill

Council Rangers are running a map-reading for beginners course in Galashiels and out on Meigle Hill on Sunday (September 29).

The morning session will cover different types of maps used by hillwalkers and how to plan a route for a walk. The afternoon will be spent walking in the Meigle Hill area using the maps.

Ranger Susan Kevan said: “The day offers people a chance to get familiar with paper OS maps at 1:25000 scale, Explorer maps and 1:50000 scale Landranger maps.

“Exercises will include looking at contours to work out ascent over a journey and interpreting map symbols, timing for a route, and understanding your own walking time over a kilometre. People attending should hopefully leave the day feeling confident to plan a simple low level walking route for themselves and friends.”

Asked how important it is for people to be able to read maps, she said: “Map-reading skills are essential for walkers going into hills and the wider countryside. They can also add to the enjoyment of a walk.

“Maps are now metric and walking is often measured in kilometres. However it is still fine to convert kilometres back into miles. Walkers tend to think of distances in miles as that is how road distances are calculated.

“We will concentrate on map-reading and route planning, however compasses will be introduced.”

To book a place on the £12/£10 day-long course, contact rangers@scotborders.gov.uk or ring 01835 826750.