Geography GCSE: Map reading challenge in the hills

Starting in a mystery location, Isaac, Ruby and Eddie, use a combination of observational skills, a compass, and map symbols to work out that they are in the village of Marsett.

Joe asks them to use a map and a compass to find their way to the next destination.

He explains how a compass can be related to a map to help navigate and explains the difference between Magnetic and Grid North.

The teenagers need to follow a route to a Roman Road.

They face a walk up a steep hill, marked by contour lines which are close together.

They learn the difference between a bridleway and a footpath, how to use grid references on a map.

The next stage of the challenge sees them using their compass and spot heights to find their way.

Following the compass perfectly the trio pass a cairn and meet Joe at the final destination.

This clip is from the series Get Lost.

Teacher Notes

Useful when discussing map reading or using maps to navigate.

Students can be asked to discuss the difference between paper maps and digital maps and the significance of map features.

This clip could also help students understand coordinates, contour lines and how map symbols and legends translate to real landscapes.

Encourage students to discuss the importance of observing surroundings and matching them to a position.

Also helpful when discussing how to use a compass in combination with a map, and the difference between Magnetic North and Grid North.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland