If you are looking for a challenge what better way to explore our woods than orienteering, a perfect mix of fitness, skill and fun. Ladyhill and Fairoak Valley permanent orienteering courses have four different courses white, yellow, orange and light green. The courses all start from Birches Valley Forest Centre, by GoApe.
Trail maps are available to purchase for free from Swinnerton Cycles Bike Shop.
They can also be downloaded here -
At Cannock Chase Forest we have three different courses white, yellow, orange and light green.
White Course very easy with all controls on paths, they are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family.
Yellow Course use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
Orange Course progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters. Long Orange courses are used mainly by novice adults wanting a longer run.
Light Green Course are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and ‘point’ features.
Walton Chasers Orienteering Club is centred on Cannock Chase, and has members from Stafford and surrounding areas, including Stone, Staffordshire Moorlands, Cannock, Rugeley, Uttoxeter, Lichfield, Tamworth and the northern parts of Wolverhampton and Walsall.
To learn more about orienteering and contact Walton Chasers Orienteering Club.