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Tweet Wednesday 6th January 2021

New Stay at Home guidance issued for national lockdown in England

The government has issued new guidance for the national lockdown in England, which comes into force on Tuesday 5 January.

The guidance states that:

  • Outdoor exercise is still permitted but should be limited to once per day.
  • You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
    • by yourself.
    • with the people you live with.
    • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one).
    • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare.
    • or, when on your own, with one person from another household.
  • Outdoor exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space). If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.
  • All outdoor sports clubs, centres, venues and facilities will close, alongside indoor facilities.
  • Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue, and we will provide further detail on this once we have information from the Government.

All organised orienteering activities, including events, competitions, leagues and coaching, are therefore suspended with immediate effect (except for orienteering for disabled people, on which we will provide further information in due course).


POCs and VOCs can still be used for individual exercise. Courses should be registered with British Orienteering as activities to provide insurance cover for the club and planner. They must not be used for competitions or leagues.

We would recommend that you add any courses on to the British Orienteering POC portal via your club POC Manager or contact

The full national lockdown: stay at home guidelines are available on the UK government website.

Guidance for orienteering clubs

Up to date support and guidance for UK orienteering clubs is available via our COVID page.

Tweet Friday 18th December 2020

Update: Suspension of competitions and activities in Wales from 20 December 2020

The First Minister has today announced that Tier 4 restrictions have been brought forward to the 20 December 2020.

However, the guidance that the Welsh Executive has published is clear that people who live in Tier 4 areas must not travel out of their Tier 4 area other than for legally permitted reasons, and that people who live in Tier 4 areas must not leave or be outside of their home except where they have a specific purpose or ‘reasonable excuse’.

For those living in a Tier 4 area, unlimited outdoor exercise is still permitted, including in parks and the countryside. Exercise must be alone, or in a public outdoor place with your household, support bubble, or one other person. Exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your Tier 4 area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).

Orienteers are obviously required to comply with the new restrictions and with other government guidance.

British Orienteering will the guidance as further details of the new restrictions become available.

Tweet Tuesday 19th January 2021

Get Active this winter - check out these activities and ideas to enjoy locally

Due to COVID-19, there are restrictions across the UK. The activities listed here are to support individual exercise (or exercise within your household/ support bubble) and should only be undertaken if they are local to you. 

Spending time outdoors is good for you. Getting active locally is a great way to improve your fitness too.

Check out these activities and ideas to download to do at home, in the garden or in local green spaces.

Local Permanent Orienteering and/or Local Virtual Orienteering Courses

With over 500 Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses across the UK and so there maybe one local to where you live. You could use the local courses to make a different daily walk or part of your daily jog or run.  You could even use a local Permanent and / or Virtual Orienteering Course as a personal time challenge - and see how you can improve on your personal best. 

Find a course locally to you: 

Interested, but want to find out more?  A video has been released by the Orienteering Foundation, a charity supporting orienteering in the UK, explaining how to get started on a Permanent Orienteering Course.

If there aren't currently any local permanent and/or local virtual orienteering courses available where you live, then not to worry! 

British Orienteering have gathered together a wide range of free downloadable resources and activities to help keep the children entertained that you can do in the home, in your garden and / or local green spaces. 

Have you tried 'Matching Trios'?

Matching Trios
Sudoku challenge
Spot the difference
Maze Challenge
Make your own jigsaw

Check out British Orienteering's Get_Active page and find a wide range of FREE activities and ideas to enjoy locally on these chilly winter days.  


Tweet Tuesday 12th May 2020

British Orienteering Awards 2019 - Winner of The SILVA Trophy Announced

British Orienteering Awards 2019

British Orienteering are pleased to announce the final winner of the Mapping Awards for 2019.

The SILVA Trophy is for the best map produced by professional mappers.

The three judges agreed that the winning map is:

Dunfermline by Chris Smithard.

Talking about the map Chris. said:  “Making a map of Dunfermline was a pleasure! It is the place where my Dad grew up and where my Uncle and Aunt still live so holds a special personal connection for me. Thanks to Kingdom of Fife Orienteers for giving me the opportunity to map it.”

“I would seriously recommend if you have the opportunity in the future that you should both go orienteering there and explore the town. With its old town centre, historic buildings and beautifully maintained park it is a gem that most people miss. More importantly it provides a varied and interesting orienteering challenge!”

The map awards for maps used in 2019 are decided on submissions provided by clubs and mappers. The judges were Ray Barnes, Brian Bullen and Susan Marsden with the scoring is based on specification, cartography and presentation.

“The stated aim of the Mapping Awards is to encourage and recognise high standards of mapping. Some opportunities for improvement that the judges identified include adhering to the BOF Rules for mapping and using the BOF symbol sets, improving generalisation and getting the scale correct.”

“The judges found it exceedingly difficult to differentiate between many of the maps submitted for several of the trophies. All those who submitted maps should be immensely proud of their achievements.”

“The judges would like to send their appreciation and congratulations to all entries for the high standard this year.”

Terry Smith (Acting Chair Map Advisory Group)

Chris Smithard - The winner of the SILVA Trophy.