No. 45 find your way with a map

Father and son read a map on the rocks at Wembury Beach, Wembury, Devon

Finding your way with a map might seem really simple, but there's a bit to learn. Once you've mastered it, you'll never get lost again. Use our guide and tips to help you set out.

Being able to read a map is a super cool skill that is practical too.

What you'll need:

  • A map of the area you want to explore
  • An idea of where you want to end up - your destination
  • A whistle to let people know where you are

Getting started

Start off by working out where you are right now on the map, so that you know you're starting in the right place. Make sure you're holding the map the right way round too. It's good to do his activity with your family, or friends, and you'll probably need an adult or two for the trickiest bits.

Work out a route

If you look at where you are, and where you want to end up, you should be able to work out a route between the two, but be careful to check that there are bridges if you want to cross rivers, or that you're not walking on private land.

Getting there

Once you've plotted your route, use your map to see where you are. You'll find you'll notice all sorts of other things that maps can show you too, like terrain, distance and scale and features such as historical places or buildings.