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British Orienteering

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What is 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.

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.


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

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Tim Herod

07891 091476


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    Charnwood Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
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    British Heart Foundation
  • Melton Borough Council
    Sport England
  • Age UK L&R
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Leicester City Council
    Rutland County Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
  • East Midlands Platform