# How to work out Compass Bearings

Updated on October 4, 2010

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                00 or 3600

The East represents                      900

The South represents                  1800

The West represents                    2700

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)

The position of B is 380 East of North.

So the direction is written as N 380 E

Example (ii)

The position of A is 700 East of South

So the direction is written as S 700 E

Example (iii)

The position of A is 300 West of South

So the direction is written as S 300 W

Example (iv)

The position of A is 250 West of North

So the direction is written as N 250 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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t.elia

5 years ago from Northern Ireland

• Humayra

6 years ago

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

• xh

6 years ago

V good

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t.elia

8 years ago from Northern Ireland

Thanks vagabond for the positive feedback.

• VagabondE

8 years ago from Hitting the road again

Nice tutorial.

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