Orienteering at home

As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly as and when the relevant government determines it is safe to do so. 

The Board of Directors have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted, vary between different parts of the UK, depending on the government guidelines and regulations. 

The latest statement from British Orienteering can be found below.

Resumption of Orienteering 

Appendix A - Orienteering activities that can resume in England 

Appendix B & C- Orienteering activities that can resume in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man

Appendix D - Orienteering activities that can resume in Scotland 

Appendix E - Orienteering activities that can resume in Wales

British Orienteering has a wide range of free orienteering activities which are fun and easy to do around your home and garden.  See below for our top suggestions and resources.

Have a look at some advice on how to use downloadable software called OCAD to Map your Home. 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