British Orienteering and orienteering clubs around the UK are working together to promote Permanent Orienteering Courses as a way of discovering the outdoors in a socially distanced way. Some clubs have also developed these virtually, so you can simply complete courses with your GPS smartphone or watch.
Orienteering is an outdoor sport that involves participants following a course marked on a map and finding their way to a series of checkpoints. It is up to participants to decide which way to go, which is all part of the fun and sets it apart from just a walk or run.
Peter Hart Chief Executive Officer at British Orienteering says:
“Never has the opportunity been greater to promote and enjoy the benefits of active outdoor life in the UK. What better way to re-start than by going orienteering on one of over 500 permanent orienteering courses?
These courses offer family friendly adventurous activity and challenges for everyone.”
Check out this new video just released by the Orienteering Foundation, a charity supporting orienteering in the UK, explaining how to get started on a Permanent Orienteering Course. https://youtu.be/y4yfyUwkUxw
Permanent Orienteering Courses are great for…
- Enjoying the fresh air and getting outdoors and active
- Discovering a different area
- Learning new life skills like navigation and map reading
- Available at a time or day that suits you best
Permanent Orienteering Courses can also be used as part of a training routine. Courses can be completed at any time, and at your own pace.
You just need to download a map either from the British Orienteering website or your local orienteering club and away you go!