What is it?

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body.

The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map.

In competitive orienteering the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route.

Who is it for?

As a recreational activity, it doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run or walk making progress at your own pace on the courses planned to suit you.

Orienteering is a fulfilling sport for runners and walkers of all ages who want to test themselves mentally as well as physically or who want to add variety to their leisure activities.

If you are interested in TrailO, a form of orienteering competition where people of all levels of physical ability, including wheelchair users, can compete on equal terms, please click here.

Where can you do it?

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban areas, parks and school playgrounds.

There are orienteering courses and events on your doorstep or further afield helping you to discover new places.