What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is a fun, exciting, outdoor adventure sport where competitors navigate their way between control points marked on a specially drawn map. It doesn’t matter how young or old or fit you are. You can run, jog or walk; you decide your own pace. There are various orienteering disciplines, foot orienteering is the most common.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. The most challenging orienteering takes place in remote areas which have demanding terrain and fewer paths.

Orienteering can be a leisure activity. It is a great way of staying fit and healthy or getting into shape; an excellent sport to take up with friends and family, allowing you to share your adventures afterwards. At the competitive and elite level, Orienteering is a highly competitive sport involving intense concentration, skill and fitness, with international athletes running against the best in the world at international competitions.

Orienteering is a perfect outdoor activity for schools and youngsters. It has challenging courses for all ages and abilities, and can be used as an element in the National Curriculum for PE, Geography and Mathematics. It is an activity that can be done in the school playground as well as the countryside. British Orienteering, our national body, provide lots more information and resources.
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