- 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; www.GoOrienteering.org.uk. Here you can find courses near you, download maps and find out more.
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. https://www.goorienteering.org.uk/
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.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRUvSWiDgc8 (opens in separate window)
Please Download instructions on how to make use of a Permanent Orienteering course.
There are also other useful downloads available:
- Adventure Sport for All (Leaflet produced by British Orienteering)
- Control Card (To record your progress around the course)
- Orienteering Map Symbols (To help with interpreting the various symbols on the map)
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.
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 https://www.goorienteering.org.uk/ 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.