What’s it all about?
Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport, enjoyed by people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, that tests navigational skill and fitness in order to complete a course in the fastest possible time.
Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It’s a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. It really is the adventure sport for all.
Not only does it increase fitness levels, improves special awareness, decision making and navigation skills but running and walking over uneven terrain also works the whole of your body and improves balance. Most importantly it gets you out in the great outdoors exploring our amazing countryside, giving you the feel-good factor and reducing stress levels. It doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.
A great way to get started in Orienteering is to attend local club events which will have courses that are the ideal starting point for a newcomer or beginner to learn the basic skills of Orienteering.
If attending an event for the first time it’s best to search for a ‘Level D’ event, which will be most suitable for beginners and will have experienced orienteers available to help you get started.
To find an upcoming Orienteering activity or event across Kent, please visit the British Orienteering events calendar.
To find your local club please follow this link to the British Orienteering website.