Joe’s Navigation Tips 1: Using your watch to find South

In the first of his regular tips, Joseph Quinn of explains how to use your watch to find South.

Don’t have a compass and need to find south?  No problem!

Use your watch – and here is how.

Hold your watch parallel to the ground.
Point the Hour hand at the sun.
Now half way between the hour hand and 12 is Due South – so now you can work out North (opposite Direction) and East and West.

See the illustration below for an example.

Contributor Profile: Joseph Quinn

Joseph Quinn runs Walkabout Wicklow, a leading hill walking and hiking company based in the Dublin and County Wicklow areas.The company offers hill walking courses, a hill walking social group and day tours. For more info, please contact Joe on Mob: 0867929579 or email, or visit