Permanent Orienteering Courses

Permanent Orienteering Courses

British Orienteering is pleased to support the use of virtual (smartphone) and permanent Orienteering courses. The promotion and use of virtual and permanent Orienteering courses relate only to England, Scotland (with restrictions), NI and the Isle of Man, as government Policy and Guidance in Wales currently restricts these activities. For more information on courses, you can do with your smartphone see our Virtual Orienteering page.

Permanent Orienteering Courses are a great way to get out and go orienteering at any time. A wide variety of places including parks, gardens, country estates and woodlands have courses set up with marker posts showing the check points. All you need is the map to help you find your way round. These maps will come with instructions on what to look for and an explanation of the symbols used, so it's worth taking a note of these before you set off. 

The majority of permanent courses are suitable for beginners, usually categorised as white (very easy / up to 2.5km), yellow (easy / 2.6km to 5km) or orange (medium / 5km to 7.5km), but if you want a more difficult course these are available on some areas too.

Covid-19 - Getting a map: At present, many leisure centres and visitor information centres are closed, so when using the search facility for a map, make sure you pick one that you can download and that the venue, including car parks are open. Please note trail-O is a specialised form of orienteering, not to be confused with trail running.

Whether you're looking for a different walk with the family, wanting to discover new places or hidden corners, or adding variety to a training run, Permanent Orienteering Courses have a lot to offer.

Find available courses using the interactive map and filter boxes below.

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Sherwood Forest Country Park

RegionEast Midlands
ClubNottinghamshire Orienteering Club
Nearest townMansfield
PostcodeNG21 9RN
Carpark locationThe car park for the Visitor Centre is on the B6034 just north of Edwinstowe, between the A6075 and the A616, 20 miles north of Nottingham.

Available Map

The legendary stomping-ground of Robin Hood, this 450-acre country park is now part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and home to a fascinating ecosystem. The forest has 900 veteran oak trees including England's Tree of the Year 2014, The Major Oak.

The Permanent Orienteering Course has controls throughout the Country Park and a range of courses are suggested from Short - about 40 minutes, to Long/Difficult - about 2 hours.

Please note that the old visitor centre is now out of bounds, the course Start and marker posts are accessible.

Admission to the country park is free - car parking charges apply to non-RSPB members.

Dogs Accepted under control. Guide dogs permitted.

Getting there

Bus: Most bus routes stop on High Street in Edwinstowe, which is a 5 to 10-minute walk from the Visitor Centre and park.

Car: Details below

Train: The nearest stations are at Shirebrook (6 miles) and Mansfield (7 miles). Both are served by the Robin Hood line, operated by East Midlands Trains.

Other Things to do in the Area

A new visitor centre opened in 2018, managed by the RSPB and their partners on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Web site:

Opening Times

Sherwood Forest Country Park & Visitor Centre 1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019

Daily from 10 am-5 pm March to October. 10 am-4 pm November to February. Closed Christmas Day. The forest is freely accessible all year round.

On a trip to Sherwood Forest look for birds including nuthatches, jays, woodpeckers and redstarts and marvel in the shadow of the historic Major Oak. On-site café/restaurant – refreshments available. Picnic Site. Toilets for disabled visitors

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience