Permanent Orienteering Courses

Permanent Orienteering Courses

British Orienteering is pleased to support the use of virtual and permanent Orienteering courses. The promotion and use of virtual and permanent Orienteering courses relate only to England, NI and the Isle of Man, as COVID-19 Policy and Guidance in Scotland and Wales currently restrict some of these activities.  For more info on courses, you can do with your smartphone see our Virtual Orienteering page

Permanent Orienteering Courses are a great way to get outside and go orienteering at a time and place that suits you. Courses offer a huge range of variety, from urban courses in city centres to rural routes through beautiful scenery. They are on your doorstep or further afield helping you to discover new places.

Whatever your level of experience and fitness, there are courses to suit you. A colour coding system makes it easy to find a course that is right for the level of challenge you are looking for. More information on the colour coding system can be found in our newcomer's guide.

Whether it's a different walk with the family, exploring the area whilst on holiday or simply just adding variety to a training run, Permanent Orienteering Courses can help you explore.

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

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War Memorial Park

RegionWest Midlands
ClubOctavian Droobers
Nearest townCoventry
PostcodeCV3 6PT
Carpark locationCV3 6PT

Available Map

The War Memorial Park is Coventry's premier park and attracts around 400,000 visitors from all over the city and beyond every year. Many come to enjoy a casual visit, while others come to take part in some of the many special events that take place throughout the year. 

Roughly 48.5 hectares in size, the park is made up of two areas, the formal garden with the War Memorial and the sports areas, with playing fields, golf course, Splash 'n' Play Park and play areas. There is also a 1.6-mile circular footpath around the park.

The War Memorial Park is now listed as a Grade II park by English Heritage and the War Memorial itself is listed as Grade II *  by English Heritage. Details of the listing can be found by visiting the English Heritage website.

 The permanent orienteering courses are shown on a single two-page map with all the instructions on the second page. There are four courses available - novice, medium, medium/difficult and difficult or you could simply see how many controls you can find in 30 or 45 minutes.

Other Things to do in the Area

There are many facilities in the park including bowls, tennis, footgolf, play areas, dry play pitches and more. There is a cafe located in the centre of the park adjacent to the start of the permanent course. Coventry's Park Run starts from the car park on Saturday mornings.

A full description of park facilities is at

Maps Available From

Maps are available from the visitor centre although you are recommended to download and print your own copy.

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