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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Lymm Dam

RegionNorth West
ClubDeeside Orienteering Club
Nearest townLymm
PostcodeWA13 0QS
Carpark locationSee description of course

Courses set up by 3rd Lymm Scouts with help from Deeside Orienteering Club around the dam in nice woodlands, suitable for beginners.
The start is on Higher Lane (A56 Church Road where it crosses the dam) next to the notice board opposite the Jubilee Gate down to the Dingle.
Location map here.

The Easy & Medium courses are Yellow standard; the Hard course is Orange standard.
Easy: 10 controls, 1.6km
Medium: 15 controls, 2km
Hard: 20 controls, 2.8km

Other Things to do in the Area

Have a look at the Visit Cheshire website.

Maps Available From

Download maps and answer sheets from the 3rd Lymm Scouts website.

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners