Geography GCSE: Map reading challenge on the moors

With the help of the BBC’s Joe Crowley, three young people, Danyaal, Haseeb and Fezzy, complete a navigational challenge in the Yorkshire countryside.

Starting in a mystery location, they use a combination of observational skills and map symbols and features to identify their location.

The boys are asked to follow a path on a disused railway track, past some mine workings to meet Joe a few kilometres away.

Along the way, they learn about the idea of rights of way as they, and how to identify old mine workings and kilns on the map.

They also learn how to use gridlines, and eastings and northings.

The boys find their way across an expanse of moorland which, Joe explains, can often have few map features.

They notice Boundary Posts and Markers to help them and as the mist falls, the boys complete their challenge and meet Joe at their 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.

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