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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What is Orienteering

Orienteering is a sport involving navigation between locations known as controls, usually using specially developed maps.  The challenge is to find the best route in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, you can run, walk or jog, you decide your own pace. You are able to start orienteering at a level which suits you, and progress at your own rate.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks or school playgrounds. The most challenging orienteering takes place in remote areas which have testing terrain and fewer paths.

Orienteering at the elite level is a highly competitive sport involving intense concentration, skill and fitness, running against the best in the world at international competitions. 

However to start, all you need is a sense of adventure, outdoor shoes and clothing. Orienteering can be a great sport to take up with friends and family, as everyone can compete at their respective level - and share tales of adventure on the way home. 

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