Haldon Forest ParkPermanent Orienteering Course

Last updated: Fri 24 Nov 2023

The permanent orienteering course at Haldon Forest has been updated. This is as a result of a partnership between Forest England and Devon Orienteering Club.

Why not give it a go! For details see below.

The POC will give members of the public an opportunity to try out the sport. It is suitable for people of all ages and abilities and available for individuals, families and groups, including those in schools, colleges and other settings.

It also provides an opportunity for people who are familiar with the sport to train, coach others and progress.


There are a range of suggested courses, colour-coded in sequence of length, amount of climb, and difficulty from white to red:

In addition, one map shows all of the control sites within Central Park. You may wish to plan your own route.

Please be aware that there are some slopes on the Wheelchair and Buggy Friendly Course.

Haldon Forest Park QR Codes (pdf of these instructions here if you prefer to print off)

You can now record your journey around the Permanent Orienteering Courses at Haldon by scanning the QR codes on each orienteering post. To do this, you will firstly need to download the free Maprun App onto your phone.

• In your App store search for 'Maprun' or click here for link to Maprun website

• Get the App and register
• Tap 'Events Near Me' or 'Select Event' > 'UK' > 'Devon'
• Select 'Haldon Forest QR'
• Select the course you want to try• Tap 'Go to Start'
• Scan the QR code on the Start post and at each post as you go around
• When you finish you will get a result with your time.

Tip: If you are not confident in navigating using a map you can use the 'Display Current Location' option on the app which will show you where you are on your way around. To enable this tap 'Options and Settings' on the home page of the app, scroll down to 'Event Display Options' and tap 'Display Present Location'. As you navigate around your course a red dot on your phone screen will show you where you are on the map at all times.

The map for each course is displayed on your phone but an A4 size paper map is easier to use when navigating. Paper maps can be downloaded and then printed for free by visiting https://www.goorienteering.org

The maps are also available from the rangers office for a small fee.

NB. The distances shown on the Control Description sheet represent the straight line distances between the controls. The route people actually follow will invariably

We would very much welcome feedback; let us know how you got on.