Distance Travelled

Distance Travelled


A key navigational technique is to keep track of distance travelled


Distance Travelled



Part of navigating is to understand distance travelled from a known position so that you can keep track of your location from one 'check point' of your route to the next. In clear conditions it's often possible to track one's position by reading map and land features, and in doing so your distance travelled is known once you arrive at a feature you have identified on the map.

In situations where there are no immediate visual reference points, navigation becomes more difficult. Lack of visual references could be because of mist/hill fog, darkness or just a featureless terrain over which you are travelling. You'll need to know the direction to travel and estimate the distance travelled so that you can keep track on your map. Direction is covered in the compass techniques section, specifically using a map to land bearing, but in this section we'll discuss the distance element.