# Re: Tesco Value Compasses

On 16 Feb, 17:34, GAGS <gags...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

In the
UK magnetic variation is 3 deg W and I can use this for navigating in
Snowdonia and on the North York Moors.

Many are going to say it makes little differance, but I would
recommend using a variation that is the nearest whole degree for the
area you are in.

In N.Wales I have been using 2 deg W for a couple of years, currently
the variation is circa 2 deg 18 min.

In NorthYorkshire current declination is 3 deg 47 min, so I would use
4 deg.

In Cornwall I would use 1 deg.

If I had to plum for a single UK wide figure, I would use 2 deg.

You can get a prediction of the declination for a date from here;

http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/geomag/jsp/struts/calcDeclination

These calculations are in relation to true north, and you will need to
account for convergance, the differance between grid north and true
north.

And here you can get the declination for locations in the UK by post
code or Grid ref based on July 2007 figures.

http://www.geomag.bgs.ac.uk/gifs/gma_calc.html
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