Eglinton Park Orientation Classes Return After Pandemic

Orienteering is back at Eglinton Country Park.

With improvement work starting in the spring – delayed due to the challenges of the pandemic – installation work is now complete to refresh the previous three orienteering courses held in the local country park with a completely redesigned offering.

Offered with the Ayrshire Orienteering Club (AYROC) and the North Ayrshire Council Ranger Service, there are a total of three permanent courses: short, medium and long.

Scott McKendrick, AYROC Club Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to launch the new orienteering courses at Eglinton Country Park.

The improved courses and permanent adaptations mean that the orientation control markers present throughout the course will be on display to the public every

time.

“This will allow those attending the classes to enjoy the trails as well as other visitors such as school trips or local community groups looking to hone their skills.

map reading and navigation skills.

“After a very difficult year for all of us, it is great to help Park Rangers promote active outdoor activities and to encourage people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the fantastic orienteering courses that Eglinton Park has to offer. ”

The new and improved routes will also help Council Rangers use the orienteering routes in other ways, including developing scavenger hunts and quiz trails for children and youth visiting Eglinton Park.

Classes are free, and each can be enjoyed in a fast paced setting

time trial, map reading or treasure hunt, or even the opportunity to simply enjoy an unusual stroll in the Park.

Countryside Ranger, Graeme Walla, said: “We are delighted to have permanent orienteering courses back on the map at Eglinton Country Park.

“Whether you are a seasoned hiker or just finding yourself outdoors with family or friends, with the Ayrshire Orienteering Club we are again able to offer a rewarding orienteering course suitable for all levels.

“Orienteering is a fantastic way to boost your self-confidence, stay active, and help improve your compass and map reading skills – so you won’t always have to depend on the benefits of your phone back up! ”

To participate, you can download the maps for free from a QR code at the departure station (next to the large stone map and notice board at the main entrance to Eglinton Park). Alternatively, you can download the maps by visiting: https://www.ayroc.co.uk/permanent-orienteering-courses

The link will take you to the Go Orienteering website which will take you through a short questionnaire in a shop-like format (please note that no payment details are required and all maps and how-to guides are free .) For this option, an email address is required as maps and tips are provided by email.

Councilor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Participatory Democracy, commented: “With the easing of restrictions, more than ever, many of us are reaping the benefits of spending time outdoors.

“The relaunched orienteering courses at Eglinton Country Park offer park visitors the perfect opportunity to try something new while enjoying the beauty of the green spaces on their doorstep.

“I urge anyone who wants to get involved to register for a class today and enjoy the benefits of enjoying the fall scenery of Eglinton Country Park while being active and participating in a rewarding outdoor activity.”

You want to know more? Go to https://www.ayroc.co.uk/beginner for more information.

Dino J. Dotson