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Get Active this Autumn

Juniors and families are being encouraged to take part in Orienteering activity and share a photo of their experiences to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes.

Sport and physical activity delivers immediate mental health and social benefits, while having a long-term positive impact on our physical health. Getting active in the way that’s right for us – and planning how we’re going to keep going through the colder, darker months – will help us cope with the ongoing impact of coronavirus restrictions.

To help encourage young people to maintain a healthy lifestyle in a safe environment British Orienteering have partnered with BrightBikeLights.com (who also provide Orienteering headlights) to invite you to get out orienteering this Autumn and share your photos to British Orienteering’s Facebook page and / or Twitter account with the hashtag #getactivethisautumn 

Entries shared with us will be in with a chance of winning prizes such as the latest Ferei headlamp which will enable you to continue to stay active even when the dark winter nights set in.  For more information and terms and conditions see here.

Please note:  Anyone taking part in Orienteering activity must do so in line with the government restrictions in place for the area in which they live. Latest guidance can be found via our COVID-19 web page.

Whether you are a member or non-member of British Orienteering - we would like to encourage families and specifically those under 21 years old to share photos with us of you taking part in any Orienteering activities/events between now and the end of November including; 

  • Permanent Orienteering Courses 

  • Virtual Orienteering Courses 

  • Or activities at home, in the garden or in your local green spaces see below.  Have fun matching Autumnal colour markers with something you can find in nature of that colour?  Or explore your local green spaces and learn in the outdoors by finding specific trees or creating courses with our handy tree Orienteering markers?

Above all we want you to have fun this Autumn, and continue to find ways of staying active.  Orienteering is a great way to stay active locally in the area where you live and within the government COVID-19 restrictions.  

More advice such as how to use downloadable software such as OCAD to Map your Home is below. For a home map, we simply recommend using a green triangle as the start symbol and red circles numbered for the markers.  

For traditional control markers, download and print these numbered markers (1 to 10, plus two blanks) and design your own course around your house and garden. 

Dizzy Directions - Challenge your child to race to the different compass points. Learn about the activity and download the markers you'll need here.

More videos demonstrating this activity are available on our YouTube channel.

Knolls and Depressions

Indoor Activities

Orienteering Puzzles 

We have a range of quick puzzles to download and try. Can you complete them all?


Download, print & have fun!

Matching Symbols - Can you match the map feature, with the terrain picture and the control description?

Lots more Downloadable resources will appear here in due course.

External Resources

There are lots of other resources out there some of which are below. If you have something to share please get in touch with us and as long as we can get the permission, we'll share it here.

Orienteering Specific

Learn more about how to Map your home with OCADs handy guidance & symbol key 

Try some of Scottish Orienteering puzzles

Try O Gaming with Catching Features 

Practice your Orienteering in the forest online

Find some useful Physical Education Games for Children and the Gone Outdoors Game

Look at route choices with WorldofO 

Use Routegadget to analyse route choices

Get virtual with MapRun

IOF list of other Orienteering software and useful links



Sport England's advice and supporting resources on how to Stay Active at Home

Learning Resources from the Youth Sport Trust

England Athletics at home resources including downloads and videos