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British Orienteering supports World Mental Health Day 2020 - Today!

This year’s World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October) comes as the coronavirus pandemic strains our lives in ways that would have seemed impossible a year ago.

Walking, spending time in nature and staying in touch with friends and family have been identified by the Mental Health Foundation through their recent research as the most helpful ways to cope with the stress of the pandemic. 

Did you know?

Orienteering is a sport that challenges both the mind and the body.

More and more people are discovering that orienteering is a fun and challenging activity that gets them exploring the great outdoors.  

The sport of orienteering offers many health benefits and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Did you also know? 

Outdoor Adventure Awaits in a Socially Distanced Way!

British Orienteering and orienteering clubs around the UK are working together to promote Permanent Orienteering Courses as a way of discovering the outdoors in a socially distanced way.  Some clubs have also developed these virtually, so you can simply complete courses with your GPS smartphone or watch.

Orienteering is an outdoor sport that involves participants following a course marked on a map and finding their way to a series of checkpoints. It is up to participants to decide which way to go, which is all part of the fun and sets it apart from just a walk or run.

Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses are great for…

  • Enjoying the fresh air and getting outdoors and active in a socially distanced way
  • Discovering a different area
  • Learning new life skills like navigation and map reading
  • Available at a time or day that suits you best

Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses can also be used as part of a training routine. Courses can be completed at any time, and at your own pace. You just need to download a map either from the British Orienteering website or your local orienteering club and away you go!

To find out more information and how to find a course check out

For more information there is a video that has just been released by The Orienteering Foundation, a charity supporting orienteering in the UK, explaining how to get started on a Permanent Orienteering Course.

What are you waiting for?  Outdoor Adventure Awaits.