South East Lancashire Orienteering Club

  • Example map of Bolton area
  • Orange/white orienteering control flag
  • Thumb compass
  • Dibber
  • Example orienteering shoes
  • Top UK Orienteer in action
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Orienteering Maps

Orienteering maps are drawn to a large scale, most commonly 1:10,000 (1cm = 100m) or 1:15,000 (1cm = 150m) and use an internationally agreed set of symbols. These are logical and easy to learn and you will absorb much of the information simply by attending your first few events or club night sessions. Most orienteering maps provide a detailed legend (or key).

Orienteering maps are drawn using magnetic north rather than 'grid' or 'true' north, and are printed in up to 5 standard colours. The colour is an integral part of the symbol. 

BLACK is used for most man-made features and rock features such as cliffs, crags and boulders. 

BROWN is used to show landform including contour lines, gullies, pits and knolls (small hills).

BLUE is used for water features such as lakes, ponds and streams.

GREEN is used to depict the density of woodland and the extent to which it impedes progress. Open 'runnable' woodland is left white; progressively darker shades of green mean increasing density, ranging from 'slow run' through 'difficult' (or walk) to 'impenetrable' (or fight).

YELLOW is used for un-wooded areas, a solid yellow for grassy spaces such as playing fields, a paler yellow for rougher terrain ('rough open') such as heather.

Other combinations of yellow and green show other types of terrain, and will be described in the legend.

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