Orienteering

Lily Hill orienteering

Orienteering courses have been constructed and mapped out in parts of Bracknell Forest giving you the opportunity to get outside and explore your local parks and countryside!

What is orienteering?

Orienteering is an adventure sport for all.

It is an exciting challenge out in the countryside for both children and adults to find points in the landscape using only a map and a compass. It can be enjoyed either as a competitive sport or merely as a walk around some of the parks and countryside in Bracknell Forest.

A course consists of a start point, a series of control sites that are marked by numbered circles on the map in the order they are to be visited, and a finish.

It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can walk, jog or run the course and progress at your own pace.

How do I get started?

To start, all you need is a compass, a sense of adventure, a pair of trainers or outdoor shoes, outdoor clothes and a course map. To get the most out orienteering it is recommended to join a club.

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Orienteering courses in Bracknell

Courses are available at the following sites:

South Hill Park

The new course at South Hill Park has been designed to operate on many levels and can be used by beginners and more advanced orienteers alike. Further information can be found in our leaflet. Separate maps for instructions and answers for the course in the North and South sides of the park are also available below:

Pope’s Meadow

This course takes you though meadows, copses and alongside ponds of this Green Flag site, and was installed with the help of Canon volunteers:

Lily Hill Park

Collect all the letters on each post throughout this orienteering course to spell two words (Clue: The plants in Starch Copse will ‘tell’ you if you are correct):

Ambarrow Court 

Try the course at Ambarrow Court and admire the range of scenery at this historic site:

Mapping

The mapping of the parks and provision of permanent orienteering courses was part of a project in association with Bracknell Forest Council and Berkshire Orienteers, funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

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