Permanent Courses

  • A Permanent Orienteering Course is a perfect way for getting active, enjoying the scenery and green spaces with your family, or as a chance to get outdoors for a competitive time trial.
  • The challenge is to follow a map to discover checkpoints in the form of posts or plaques.
  • The courses are in forests, heathlands, parks and green spaces across the UK.
  • The combination of physical and mental exercise in natural surrounding is like no other.
  • You can complete the courses at any time, and at your own pace.
  • You just need a map to get you started.

We now have a dedicated portal for Permanent and Virtual Orienteering; Here you can find courses near you, download maps and find out more.

See if you can see the Leicestershire course map in this video

Local Permanent Courses

The map below shows all the local areas which have permanent courses. Click on the pin or name at the side. This will take you to a website with all the details you need.

National Permanent courses

If you want a map for another area then use this link to the National site.

What to expect

Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) provide an opportunity for individuals and groups to orienteer at any time. Courses vary in technical difficulty. Some are designed for children and beginners whilst others offer more of a challenge.

If you have not used a permanent course before the recent Youtube video is designed to help you.

Please Download instructions on how to make use of a Permanent Orienteering course.

There are also other useful downloads available:

The map below shows the location of POCs.  Some areas have more than one starting point, so you can should choose the one that suits you best.

You will then be able to print them out on your own printer – quality will depend on your printer and paper used.

Buying Maps

Course packs for some areas can also be purchased on site – check opening times and map availability before travelling.

  • Bradgate Park; Foxton Locks Boiler House; The Pavilion, Huncote and Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre

Use the link to buy maps before visiting, the courses maps will differ from those you buy on site.

Control markers do get damaged or go missing from time to time, here is a list of known problems with markers. When you have visited a POC we would be very interested in hearing about your experience. In particular we would would like to be made aware of any damaged or missing control points. [Fill in feedback form]

Help on using the map below: Clicking on the icon or the name in the list will provide additional details. You can use the normal Google Maps controls to pan and zoom or you can pan using click and drag and zoom using the scroll wheel. You can select whether to show roads or aerial photographs.

Locations of Local Permanent Courses

Red marker
Map available online some are free rest have a Small charge
Yellow marker
Maps packs for sale
Yellow marker
Maps packs for sale and available online

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Abbey Park, Leicester
Abbey Park – Pet’s Corner, Leicester
Abbey Park – St Margaret’s Pastures, Leicester
Ashby Town Trail, Ashby de la Zouch
Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill Top
Bosworth Park, Market Bosworth
Bradgate Park – Newtown Linford
Bradgate Park – Deer Barn Tea Rooms
Bradgate Park – Old John
Bradgate Park – HallGates
Braunstone Park, Leicester
Brigstock Country Park and Fermyn Woods
Brocks Hill, Oadby
Burbage Common and Woods
Castle Hill, Ancient Monument
Castle Hill, Anstey
Castle Hill, Beaumont Lodge School
Castle Hill, Heatherbrook School
Castle Hill, Gorse Hill
East Carlton Park, Corby
Evington Arboretum, Leicester
Evington Park, Leicester
Fosse Meadows, Sharnford
Foxton Locks, Market Harborough
Hermitage Leisure Centre, Whitwick
Hamilton Library
Stephenson College, Coalville
Hicks Lodge, Ashby de la Zouch
Hood Park, Ashby de la Zouch
Irchester Country Park
Knighton Park, Leicester
Loughborough University
Martinshaw Woods, Groby
Martinshaw Woods, Ratby
Melton Country Park
Moira Furnace
Oakham Woodlands
Ratby Woodlands, Ratby
Sence Valley Forest Park, Ibstock
Snibston North, Coalville
Snibston Pools, Coalville
The Outwoods, Loughborough
The Pavilion, Huncote
Watermead – Paddlers – Belgrave Bridge
Watermead – Birstall White Horse Inn
Watermead – King Lear’s Lake
Watermead – Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre
Watermead – Mammoth
Western Park, Leicester