Exploring the countryside through walking

Ref: C3531124

The planning and mapping of 9 walks which are then undertaken and led by the learners. The course will span over 9 sessions, commencing 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. The course has pick up points in Banwell, Weston-super-Mare, Worle, Congresbury, Yatton and Clevedon where the planning takes place. The group will then be taken to the start of the walk and the walks will be circular from there. 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 develop team working and self esteem through walking and orienteering in an environment that supports personal development and therapy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Aimed at those who are isolated or mental health issues. Willingness and the ability to walk 3 miles on the first session with stops, and to walk up an incline and down a decline on rough terrain.

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?

  • Working in a group and in an environment where support within the team is high. Experiencing walking within the countryside or those who simply wish to increase their levels of fitness by regular walking.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Clothing suitable for a day outdoors including a hat, scarf, gloves. Walking boots or sturdy walking shoes, waterproof coat, waterproof leggings. Small rucksack to carry lunch. Packed lunch and drink - 1L water in hot weather.

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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Map reading courses Ramblers Group Volunteers Walking leader training

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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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