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National Map Reading Week

16 - 22 October is UK's National Map Reading Week - time to pick up that paper map . .

As Corporate Member Ordnance Survey (OS) explains, the week aims to inspire adventure and teach children, teenagers and adults how to read maps and get lost in the landscape - without ever actually getting lost! OS wants you to put down your smartphones, make map reading fun, learn how to read contours, find grid references, use a compass, measure distance, break free, explore and have an adventure . .

OS reminds us that being able to read a map can open up a whole new world, inspiring adventure, allowing us to escape well-worn paths and explore moors and mountains with far more confidence, self-sufficiency and safety awareness. Maps give us freedom, provide a blueprint in which to plan a journey and hold vital information about the physical environment ahead.

Our Corporate Member concludes that a map and compass should be the fundamental part of any adventurer’s life - they are synonymous. Yet, through the rise of technology, the art of map-reading is being forgotten, with this once-simple skill being replaced by smartphones and GPS devices that tend to focus on one's immediate location rather than the journey ahead.

For further information and special offers for the week, click the link below . .

  • 18 October 2017
  • RIN

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