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Orienteering

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport, enjoyed by people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, that tests navigational skill and fitness in order to complete a course in the fastest possible time.

An Overview of Orienteering

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It's a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Orienteering - The adventure sport for all.

Benefits

  • Increases fitness levels but also improves special awareness, decision making and navigation skills.
  • Running and walking over uneven terrain also works the whole of your body and improves balance.
  • Most importantly it gets you out in the great outdoors exploring our amazing countryside, giving you the feel-good factor and reducing stress levels.

Involvement

If attending an event for the first time it's best to search for a 'Level D' event, which will be most suitable for beginners and will have experienced orienteers available to help you get started.

Equipment

To get started you just need a pair of trainers, or comfortable shoes if you're not running, and outdoor clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Everything else will be provided at the event.

Facts

  • Orienteering began in Scandinavia in the 19th Century and was primarily a military training event.
  • It was not until 1919 that the modern version of orienteering was created in Sweden by Ernst Killander as a competitive sport.

Find Orienteering Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Xplorer

A fun navigation event or challenge, where each participant (or family) is given a map marked with control points.

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British Orienteering

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Contact Email
info@britishorienteering.org.uk
Contact Telephone
01629 583037

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    CPSU
    Disability Confident
    Somerset Skills & Learning
  • Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
    South Somerset District Council
  • Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
    Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    EDF
    Somerset CCG
    SAPHTO
  • together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
    British Cycling
  • Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK