There are many ways to enjoy the sport of orienteering.
Competitive events from small local ones to large (2000 people+) national/international ones.
Virtual (smartphone/watch) courses, where the controls are virtual. Permanent Orienteering Courses with markers on the ground.
Other pages related to Go Orienteering
Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass.The aim is to navigate between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the
Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring
We have a selection of locations where you can go orienteering at any time that suits you:
Permanent courses have physical marker posts.
MapRun courses (using the MapRun app) have nothing visible but your phone beeps when you are in the right spot.
Have you visited one of Devon's Permanent or Virtual Orienteering Courses lately? If not, now is a good time to give one or more a try!
We have dedicated pages for some of the sites:
Haldon Forest Park
Plymouth Central Park
Other Permanent course d
MapRuns can be done in your own time. There are score courses and line courses to choose from. Simply download the MapRun app onto a smartphone, print a copy of the map and go and have a run!
Safety guidance for all individual Mapruns: See below
Courses at orienteering events combine physical activity with navigational challenge. To cater for all ages and abilities can be quite difficult or confusing. Guidance is therefore provided to try and give consistency enabling competitors to identify
Below is an image of the the sorts of things you will see on the control descriptions that are given to you (and usually printed on the map). These describe your course, the numbers of the controls (checkpoints) and the land feature that you will fin
These are images of the map symbols you will find on orienteering maps. The first one is for normal forest maps and the second one is for urban maps.
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Competitors may wish to complete the event registration form prior to an event and bring a completed hard copy with them. Please see the latest form below:
Event Registration Form
Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
By taking part in our events you agree to the follow
Should the event be cancelled for reasons beyond the control of Devon OC, the club will endeavour to notify everyone who has pre-entered via RaceSignUp email (where applicable). The club will also seek to add a notice on the club’s website as soon as
Colour coded badges are now available from Jolyon Medlock, SWOA.
Further information can be found under “Colour Coded Awards” under “Events and Competitions” of the SWOA website: https://sworienteeringassociation.co.uk/colour-coded-awards/