Parks (Permanent Orienteering Courses)

Permanent Courses are provided by the orienteering community as a recreational resource for the general public, as a means for people to try out orienteering before joining a club and also as a training resource for orienteering clubs themselves. Permanent courses are established in many parts of the country, usually in parks but also in less technical forests. They can be used at any time by anybody. The number of permanent courses in the Poole-Bournemouth area is growing steadily with time. They provide a progression of experience. The park-based ones are less technical and suit those new to orienteering. They can then progress to the forest-based courses which are more realistic.

You need a map pack to use an orienteering course, these are available to purchase on-site at most courses and some are available below to download and to print in advance at home.

Select the course you are interested in from the current list of permanent courses below, or from the overview map. Click on the course name to get full details and downloads.

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Park based courses:

Forest based courses:

  • Moors Valley Country Park, Between Verwood and St Ives
  • Studland – This is a delightful beach area with grass covered dunes and sandy pathways leading out from the National Trust car park at Knoll Beach.
  • Brownsea Island – Owned by the National Trust this island has lots of history (the Scouting movement started here) as well as plenty of interesting flora and fauna. Being surrounded by water it is an ideal place to try out your orienteering skills in a safe environment.
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