|Club||Harlequins Orienteering Club|
|Carpark location||From the A461 from Walsall to Lichfield. At Walsall Wood, after B4152 crossing (Co-op), take next the right Shire Ridge and the 3rd left Andrew Road. Free car park which is locked at dusk|
Shire oak is an old sand quarry converted to what is now a mature nature reserve. It is a compact area with complex contours and an extensive path network, so it can support courses that are good for beginners and those that are challenging for experienced orienteers.
There are 5 courses of increasing difficulty; experienced orienteers may like to run the two harder courses back-to-back. The distances given are straight line routes between the controls; even without making mistakes you will cover a greater distance as you avoid obstacles, take path routes etc.
There is an information panel showing 3 marked walking trails; many of these posts are used on courses.
The vegetation can be tough away from paths; bear this in mind when deciding what to wear!
Fences, often partly hidden in the undergrowth, hide steep slopes and MUST NOT be crossed except at marked steps and paths.
Other Things to do in the Area
Nearby Lichfield and Walsall have many museums, and Chasewater offers a range of outdoor activities.
Maps Available From
Maps are available to download from this website.
- 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