Ditch the Sat-Nav

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PEOPLE are being urged to swap their sat-navs for more traditional route-finding methods during a new course.

Durham County Council’s countryside service is inviting people to a two-day beginner’s guide to map and compass reading.

Participants will learn valuable, and potentially life-saving, map-reading and navigational skills, including what different map symbols mean, how to find and give grid references and how to use a compass.

The sessions will be held this Saturday and Sunday, between 10am and 3pm.

On Saturday, the course will be theory-based with some practical activities in Durham.

On Sunday, people will put their new skills into practise when they head out into the Durham Dales.

The course costs £25 and people are required to bring their own Silva-type compass and a North Pennines Leisure Map number 31.

Places must be booked in advance by calling (0191) 372 9100 or emailing countryside@durham.gov.uk