Source: THE PUNCH. Suffolk Orienteering Club's Members Magazine
The Bowes Museum Permanent Orienteering Course article by Colin Butler (Suffolk Orienteering Club)
"Recently we visited Barnard Castle a market town in Teesdale, County Durham for a family golden wedding party on a Saturday. We visited Bowes Museum the next day to occupy ourselves, and nephews and families had returned home, before going for a quiet meal in the evening. There was a special exhibition about tulips, and we had to go all around the galleries and display cases with a question paper to find a wide variety of tulip features.
As we went to the reception desk to collect our prize for a fully correct result, we noticed a pile of orienteering maps at the end of the counter. It is a doddle course, but we spent another pleasant half hour finding the controls around the gardens and shrubbery.
I left the course map with my brother-in-law as a reminder to take his grandchildren orienteering on their next visit. The Bowes course is listed via the British Orienteering and Cleveland websites.
On Monday we went for a super walk upstream in the autumn sunshine along the River Tees, and back along an old railway line. It’s a lovely area if you like rambling.
If you would like to explore any of the Permanent Orienteering Courses then details can be found on the British Orienteering website."
Permanent Orienteering courses are fixed orienteering routes where you simply download a map and just go! There are orienteering routes across the country, and this is a great way of exploring local areas when away on holiday or taking a short break in the UK.
More information on permanent orienteering courses can be found here.
Thank you to Colin and Suffolk Orienteering Club for giving British Orienteering permission to publish this article.
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