British Orienteering

Access and Environment

Welcome to the Access and Environment section of the British Orienteering website. 
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Information for Members

Get useful resources to help you and your club with the permissions negotiations with Landowners and Managers for staging club activities and events.

Access more details

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New habitat assessment report on the Land at Finsthwaite and Rusland Heights, Windermere Lake

Read the full report

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Information for Landowners 

Coming soon...

If there is something you would like to see or would find useful, please contact Emma Monkman British Orienteering's Access and Environment Officer, email:

National Poetry writing competition 

Earlier this year, we launched a national poetry writing competition and asked members to create an environment-themed poem.

The winning poem is by Andrew Nash from Southampton Orienteering Club and to show our appreciation British Orienteering has planted a tree in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex as a thank you.

Read the winning entry of the British Orienteering's recent poetry competition.

Will you know we've been?

The celandines bloomed
As I planned the event
The spring leaves unfurled
And my day was well spent
With the courses all checked
To ensure no mistake
And with subtle amendments
For the countryside’s sake

I’ve changed the stream crossing
With its vulnerable edge
Avoided the nesting
In that big hawthorn hedge
Protected the bluebells
You’ll have to go round
While the sensitive marshes
Are marked out of bounds

And then at the event
We’ll take care where you park
To impress the landowners
With no lasting mark
Neither litter nor damage
To their woodland or moor
For we want it to look
Just the same as before

Andrew Nash from Southampton Orienteering Club.

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