Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Set a Compass Bearing in Five Steps

A practical online demonstration of how to set a compass bearing

This moveable compass provides a practical demonstration of how to use a map and compass to take a bearing. Using the map provided, a bearing is set from the top of Ben Nevis to follow the footpath down. The compass can be dragged and rotated. Try it yourself!


Using a Compass

Take a compass reading test with certificate award

Use a compass with Google Maps

Use a compass with Ordnance Survey Maps

Use a compass with Open Street Maps