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A few (hopefully) interesting articles

Occasionally, when we have time, we'll add more blog items here.

If you have any suggestions or questions you would like answered, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.

>>>   Navigating to the "exact" geographic centre of Great Britain

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An explanation of (and a visit to) the "real" geographic centre of Great Britain.

>>>   What time do we run the night navigation?

We were asked at what time the night navigation practice on our Silver and Gold award courses

>>>   The Magnetic North has moved (a lot) since 1990.

Over the past 20 years the Magnetic North Pole has moved dramatically.
In this article we look at why this has happened.

>>>   What are Tithe Maps ?

A very brief story on how maps were used to replace Tithes in Britain 200 years ago.

>>>   How do we know the height of a mountain and other map features?

Did you know that all heights marked on UK maps are taken from a line on a harbour wall in Cornwall.

>>>   Is it possible to navigate without a map and compass?

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We have posted a brief video explaining how to navigate using the the Sun, Moon and Stars

>>>   Which is better, laminated or paper maps in cases?

We are asked, many times, why we don't use laminated maps - let's face it we have more maps than most.

In this article we take a look at the benefits of both types.

>>>   On a map why is North up and South down?

There is no, geographic, reason for Europe being at the top of a map and Australia being at the bottom.

So why are they always shown like this?

>>>   How many type of maps are there?

There many, many different types of maps. However, in general, all maps can be allocated in to just two groups.

>>>   Do compasses work anywhere?

Most compasses are design to work in a specific "zone" of the Earth's magnetic field.

Here is a (very) brief explanation of magnetic zone balancing.

>>>   A brief history of contour lines.

When looking at a map probably the most obvious thing you'll notice is that it's covered with contour lines.

What are they?  Who invented them? Why are they used?

>>>   Azimuths vs Bearings.

Some people use azimuths and others use bearings - what's the difference?

>>>   Compass - Degrees vs Mils.

If you're thinking of buying a compass should you opt for one with Degrees or Mils?

>>>   Parts of a compass.

In this blog we have described each part of a base plate compass and explained it's function.

Plus there is a brief guide on what to look for when buying a compass.

At the time of writing, this is the only complete description on the internet (but it will very soon start to be copied).

>>>   What is a Grid Reference?

The ability to tell someone accurately where you are is a skill everyone heading in to the hills (really) needs. 

This blog will explain, in simple terms, how to do it.

>>>   Which way is North?

Did you know that there are three major North's used in British mapping? 

This blog explains what each one is.

>>>   What are Open Access Areas?

Thanks to a law passed in 2000 we now have the legal right to roam over certain upland areas of England and Wales.