Permanent Orienteering Courses

Permanent Orienteering Courses

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Haldon Forest Park (Forest England)

RegionSouth West
ClubDevon Orienteering Club
Nearest townExeter
PostcodeEX6 7XR
Carpark locationHaldon Forest Park, Nr Exeter

Available Maps

Haldon Forest Park Permanent Orienteering Course 

The permanent course has re-opened (May 2019). 

Safety Information:

  • If out on your own, let someone know your plans.
  • If lost, the safety bearing is East, until you reach a public road.
  • In case of emergency, call 999 or 112.
  • Nearest access road: Haldon Ridge Road, west off the A38 at Exeter Racecourse.
  • Nearest A&E Hospital: Royal Devon and Exeter, Wonford, Exeter 01392 411611
  • Address: Haldon Forest Park, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XR
  • Grid Reference for Forestry Commission  Office: SX 884849
  • Haldon Rangers Telephone:  0300 067 5826

Visitor Information:


Courses are graded by technical difficulty and length from White (easiest), Yellow, Orange, Red, Super Red,  Light Green,  Green,  Blue, to Brown (hardest).  Choose an easier course, to begin with. White and Yellow maps are at a scale of 1:3000. All other courses are at a scale of 1:10,000. 

For an explanation of colour coded courses see

For wheelchair users, the White course is suitable; otherwise, you may use the All Controls map and plan your own route.

Top Tips for Beginners:

1. Fold your map – so that you can easily see where you are on part of the map.

2. Orientate your map - make sure that your map is the correct way round or orientated so that the features which are in front of you on the ground are in front of you on the map. You can also orientate your map using a compass. 

3. Thumb your map - mark your position on the map with your thumb. As you move along the ground move your thumb to your new position on the map.

4. Understand the map key – know what the features and colours on the map mean by checking against the key. 

5. Check the control description and code - once you have found a control,  check that the code on your control description sheet matches the code on the control.

6. Have fun and enjoy yourself!

Cycle Track:

The main cycle track in the area is highlighted in red, with the arrow showing the direction of travel. Take care when crossing all cycle tracks and avoid standing or running along the marked cycle track. 

Local Events:

The local club is Devon Orienteering Club. For information on orienteering events in the area please go to or

All ages, All abilities, All welcome!

Other Things to do in the Area

Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter.

Haldon Forest Park


Maps Available From

Waterproof, tearproof maps may be purchased from The Rangers' Office, Haldon Forest Park, or maps may be downloaded from this site. 


Further Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience
  • Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers