Exploring the countryside through walking

Ref: C3531101

This exciting and active course gets you outside, to exercise and learn all about the surrounding environment. Each session involves the planning and mapping of an exploratory walk in the countryside, and then enjoying the learning and fresh air along that route. The course will commence with an introduction to map reading and planning a route, with a short walk on the first session. Further sessions will be split into planning and then walking the route and learning about the environment and local history along the routes. The course has pick up points in Weston-super-Mare, Worle, Congresbury, Yatton and Clevedon. Each walk will start and end at a specific point. The group will have the opportunity to use many of the footpaths in the surrounding area including the West Mendip Way. The paths are on the edge of the Mendips so include inclines, declines, wooded areas, fields with livestock, footpaths, bridleways and lanes.

Course aim

To explore the countryside, habitats, wildlife and local history. To develop team working and self esteem through walking and orienteering in a therapeutic environment that supports personal development.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the principles behind basic map reading
  • Follow a walking route from a map
  • Orientate myself using a map and compass
  • Feel some confidence in my ability to achieve given tasks

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • You will need a packed lunch and suitable clothing for being outside for each session. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Exploring the countryside through walking

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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