Orienteering is fun for everyone, and involves using a specially drawn, coloured and detailed map to navigate your way around a course with designated markers or 'control' points.
The control points on the ground correspond to points on the map. You have to mark your control card at each control point with a unique code to prove you have visited the control.
In competition, the winner is the person who has taken the shortest time to visit the control points in numerical order, but speed alone will not make you a winner! You must also choose the best route between the control points, and find the markers, without wasting any time.
Map packs contain full instructions for beginners and courses of varying difficulty.
We have several permanent orienteering courses in the South West:
Cookworthy Forest now boasts it's own permanent orienteering course, thanks to funding from Devon County Council. Map packs can be downloaded free from the Devon Orienteering Club website.
Haldon Forest Park now boasts it's own permanent orienteering course, thanks to funding from Devon County Council. Map packs can be downloaded free from the Devon Orienteering Club website, or bought from the ranger's office.
This course was installed by Cornwall Orienteering Club, and they continue to maintain it. Maps available from Penrose Outdoors in Truro, or Cornwall Orienteering Club.
Try the new Trail-O course which makes orienteering accessible to everyone. Map packs available from the visitor centre.