Getting Started

Orienteering is an outdoor adventure sport that exercises mind and body. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels

The aim is to navigate between checkpoints known as controls marked on a special orienteering map. You need to find the controls in the right order, but there is no set route.

The skill and fun come from trying to find the best way to go. At most events there are courses available for all levels, with White being easiest and Brown hardest.

In competitive orienteering, the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time.

Do you still have a question? Try our FAQ page. British Orienteering – the sport’s national governing body – also have further details on their website, illustrated by a series of videos.

British Orienteering Introduction to the Sport