GPS in the Hills
Mon 2nd September 2013
Our GPS in the Hills course is very practical and is aimed at those people wanting to get out in the hills and get to grips with their Garmin GPS unit.
Thankfully we were greeted with some great weather as we met at the Coquetdale Centre, the home of Shepherds Walks. After transferring a ‘route’ onto everybody’s GPS unit we set off climbing up out of Rothbury, stopping to enjoy the view on the way.
It was great to see the GPS units working to their full potential as we past Sharps Folly on the track to Whitton Hillhead. But before we reached the farm we stopped following the pre-programmed route and started to manually programme the units.
By inputting waypoints we made our way up to Lordenshaws Iron Age Hillfort and found a sheltered spot for lunch just before the hill fort itself. We then climbed up to Lorenshaws and visited the cup and ring marks.
We then descended back down St Oswald’s Way stopping on route to refresh everything we had done so far before setting our units away again to guide us on a lovely walk first to Whitton Hillhead and then along the River Coquet back into Rothbury.
Here we did a bit of geocaching before sitting in front of Garmin BaseCamp for a while, which is the free piece of software used to manage the routes on your Garmin GPS.
I hope a good day was had by all, a really good group who quickly picked things up and best of all they always had a smile on their faces.