Navigation Course

The last two days I’ve been working for Falkirk Outdoors delivering a navigation course for the Ramblers. Given current restrictions it was delivered completely outdoors and within the City of Edinburgh Council area. On Thursday we used the Dalmeny and Cammo Estates. Today we were in The Pentlands starting from Harlaw. The weather was windy today, but generally kind for the time of year, and the participant’s enthusiasm made for a very enjoyable course.

Using orienteering maps to look at bearings in Cammo.
Navigation on pathless terrain in the Pentlands.
Planning the next leg with the Forth Bridges in the background.
The summit of Capelaw.


I spent four days last week delivering navigation and emergency procedure training to DofE groups for The City of Edinburgh Council. We used the Cramond and Dalmeny Estate area, which worked well in a week of sunshine and showers.

A group enjoying a sunny spell in Dalmeny.

Edinburgh and the Pentlands

I’ve spent the last week delivering a DofE training and practice expedition for The City of Edinburgh Council based out of their Bangholm Outdoor Centre. Monday to Tuesday was training including a navigation day in the Dalmeny Estate and Thursday and Firday was the practice expedition in The Pentland Hills.

Sunshine and showers in The Pentlands on Thursday.

Sunshine and showers all week with fairly strong winds made for generally good drying conditions for the ground and crags.

Lowland Leader Award

Lunch on the beach during todays LLA course.

Lunch on the beach during todays LLA course.

This past weekend I have been working on a Lowland Leader Award training with John Jackson and Craig Mclaren on behalf of Falkirk Community Trust. Today we were at Dalmeny Estate near South Queensferry which provided a great venue to look at a number of aspects of the syllabus.


Lowland Leader Award Training

On Friday evening, yesterday and today I’ve been delivering a Lowland Leader Award Training Course with John from Falkirk Community Trust. The candidates (Alan, John, Kevin, Michelle, Ricky and Tam) were all enthusiastic and keen to learn, which made for a great course.

Kevin, Ricky and Michelle on top of Mons Hill today

Kevin, Ricky and Michelle on top of Mons Hill today

As well as classroom sessions we used the areas around Muiravonside Country Park on Saturday and Dalmeny Estate today, which give good varied terrain for the course. Showers both days and muddy underfoot in places, but enough dry weather and shelter to make for two pleasant days out.