Get inspired: how to get started in orienteering

Mike Bushell tries his hand at orienteering

How to start?

British Orienteeringexternal link can help you find a nearby club. You can also learn more about Scottish Orienteeringexternal link, the Welsh Guidance Associationexternal link, and the NI Guidance Association.external link

What is orienteering?

Finding your way from one point to another, using only a map, a compass and your brain, the winner is whoever gets to the end first.

It’s for me?

If you like mental challenges with your exercise, you’ll love orienteering – there are trails all over the UK and all you need are comfortable shoes and outerwear to get started.

What to expect when I start?

  • TrailOexternal link is a form of orienteering for people of all levels of physical ability, including wheelchair users.
  • Geocachingexternal link is like a high-tech treasure hunt where you use a GPS to find a small waterproof box (geocache) hidden outside.
  • It doesn’t matter if you are young, old or fit, you can Course, walk Where to jog the course and progress at your own pace rhythm.
  • If you want to try something faster and more challenging, try Urbanexternal link, Skiexternal link Where Mountain bike external linkorienteering.
  • British Orienteeringexternal link and Sports Englandexternal link family run Xplorerexternal link events at local parks, which cater to elementary and preschool children and their families.

Are you inspired to try orienteering? Or are you already an enthusiast? Contact us and tell us about your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired,external link visit us on Facebookexternal link or write to us on [email protected]

All clubs need a president, secretary, and treasurer to keep things running smoothly, as well as officials, coaches, and judges. Whatever role interests you, Join toexternal link has opportunities to volunteer in your region.

Dino J. Dotson