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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.


  • 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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


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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1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group is located in Woodville in the Heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire. Join us on our adventure! Face the challenges, develop new skills, work as a team and make lasting memories.

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy is an all through school. We have a wide range of sporting opportunities for all students in the Primary and Secondary phases. The school also welcomes the community as we take bookings in the evenings and weekends.

Swallowdale Primary School

Swallowdale Primary School provides children with a varied and carefully planned range of physical activities on a daily basis, allowing them to progress and blossom.

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre.

LOPC provides adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others at affordable prices in a challenging and safe environment.

Robert Smyth Academy

Robert Smyth Academy

Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North College is an Outstanding all girls College based in Leicester.

Martinshaw Permanent Orienteerng course

Orienteering Courses to try when it suits you. Print the maps from British Orienteering courses to suit beginners and family groups and for those with more experience.


  • Charnwood LSA
    Blaby LSA
    Equality Standard
    Melton LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • Safeguarding
    Sport England
    Active Rutland
    Leicestershire County Council
    Active Partnerships
  • Active Leicester
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Harborough LSA


  • Harborough LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • Equality Standard
    Charnwood LSA
  • Sport England
  • Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Active Rutland
  • Melton LSA
    Active Partnerships
  • Blaby LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Active Leicester