Permanent Orienteering Courses
It is a number of permanent control points (usually about 20) identified by sturdy wooden posts with a code and an orienteering logo carved or painted on it. All the controls are shown on an overprinted map. They are usually situated in local parks or forests owned by councils, the National Trust or Forestry England. Management of the courses may be by the owner of the land, or by the local orienteering club.
The courses have many purposes, depending on your own specific needs. The great thing about them is that you can go at a time to suit you, on whatever day of the week you choose. If you are an experienced orienteer you may use them to fine tune some techniques, maybe pace counting, relocation or line orienteering. They are also an ideal way of introducing children and adults alike to the sport, where you can go at your own pace and spend as much time as you like figuring out the map. If you want to go in a pair or as a group, again, this is the perfect opportunity. You may have just started orienteering and are wanting to gain confidence in your skills outside of the pressures of an organized competition. So whether you're using them for training purposes or just for a more adventurous family stroll, the choice is entirely yours.
There are Permanent Courses (POC's) all over the country, with new ones being launched every month. The North West has around 40 courses. Unfortunately, less used courses can fall into disrepair, so the more people that make use of this excellent facility the better. The British Orienteering Federation publish a list of all known Permanent Orienteering Courses in the UK, details of which can be found on this web page.
Generally, the map packs can be bought from Visitor or Information Centres, cafés or shops near to the start of the courses. Included in the map pack there will usually be an instruction sheet, an overprinted map, control descriptions and suggested courses varying in levels of difficulty. There is usually a small charge for the map packs. If an area does not have a suitable outlet for selling the map packs they can usually be bought through local Leisure Centres, Libraries or Council offices. Some maps are available to download from the British Orienteering website, or via the MOBO app.
We only list a few of the most local courses, likely to be of interest to SROC members.
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Last Updated : 20.12.19