# How to work out Compass Bearings

The four main directions of a compass are known as the **cardinal points.**

Where the **NE, NW, SE** and **SW** would be referred to as the **half cardinal points.**

**The North represents 0 ^{0} or 360^{0}**

**The East represents 90 ^{0}**

**The South represents 180 ^{0}**

**The West represents 270 ^{0}**

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**Here we are looking at conventional bearings;**

**These are stated as the number of degrees to the East or West of the North / South line.**

**Therefore the conventional bearing will simpily be referred to as the direction.**

**Example (i)**

## Answer

**The position of B is 38 ^{0} East of North.**

**So the direction is written as N 38 ^{0 }E**

**Example (ii)**

## Answer

**The position of A is 70 ^{0} East of South**

**So the direction is written as S 70 ^{0} E**

**Example (iii)**

## Answer

**The position of A is 30 ^{0} West of South**

**So the direction is written as S 30 ^{0} W**

**Example (iv)**

## Answer

**The position of A is 25 ^{0} West of North**

**So the direction is written as N 25 ^{0} W**

**Example (v)**

**In the follow up hub I will be looking at three figure bearings. **

**(True bearings)**

**The true bearing of a point is the angle measured in degrees, **

**in a clockwise direction from the North Line.**

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## Comments 5 comments

Nice tutorial.

V good

Never understood true bearing but after this tutorial I totally get it!

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