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What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is an outdoor sport which requires the competitors to find their way around a pre-set course using only a detailed map and a compass, not to forget a little bit of physical effort.

Club events provide a range of courses of varying lengths and technical difficulty from which competitors choose the one which best suits their individual skill and physical fitness. Higher grade events provide courses for particular age groups.

Many of the parks within Birmingham have been mapped for orienteering purposes. In some parks, such as Sutton Park and the Lickey Hills, permanent courses have been laid and copies of the maps can be obtained from the Park Visitor Centres. This means that you can try it out for your self and see if the prospect of entering a competitive event appeals.

The links page on this site will take you to the British Orienteering Federation Web Site which contains a wide variety of information including a National Fixture list. A similar link will take you to the West Midlands Orienteering Association site for a listing of local events. We suggest that you select a local event (called Colour-coded or classified as C4 or C5) for your first attempt and try one of the shorter White or Yellow courses.

If you want to learn more about orienteering click on the following links

https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/newcomers_guide

http://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/orienteering_jargon