Permanent Orienteering Courses

Permanent Orienteering Courses

Permanent Orienteering Courses, marked with special posts or plaques, are a great way to try orienteering for the first time or to have a training run. Shorter courses are an enjoyable family-friendly activity suitable for beginners.  Longer and more technical courses offer both a physical and a mental challenge.  HOC offers 13 permanent courses throughout our area, most of which are open all year round.

This great video from the Orienteering Foundation has some useful tips for getting the best experience from a permanent orienteering course.

Use the map to find a Harlequins course near you, or read British Orienteering’s advice and links to courses nationwide.


Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch
Country Park with 900 acres and a mixture of open land and dense woods. 8 maps offering courses of varying length and difficulty; all are GPS enabled. The River Arrow flows through it. The lakeside Arrow Valley Visitor Centre has a café with views across the water and toilets.  The park also offers a BMX facility, disc golf, sailing and fishing. 
Full details and map downloads are held on the Go Orienteering website.
Maps are also available from the Arrow Valley Visitor Centre.


Barr Beacon, near Aldridge
A mile long sandy ridge with 6 maps offering courses of varying length and difficulty.
Full details and map downloads are held on the Go Orienteering website.


Callow Hill, Wyre Forest

Lovely area of mixed woodland. There are six maps, each with a different course to follow and information about what to do.  The courses vary in both length and technical difficulty.
Full details and map downloads are held on the Go Orienteering website.


Clent Hills, near Stourbridge
Prominent hill with mixed open areas and woodland. Extensive path network and a mixture of control sites to suit most levels of experience. Cafe and toilets on site. Maps are available from the cafe at Nimmings car park.


Croome Park, High Green, Worcester
National trust site with parkland surrounding Croome Court designed by ‘Capability’ Brown’.
Full details and map downloads are held on the Go Orienteering website.


Fibbersley, Willenhall
Reclaimed industrial land turned nature reserve. 5 maps offering courses of varying length and dificulty.
Full details and map downloads are held on the Go Orienteering website.


Himley Hall, Wombourne
Open parkland with wooded hill on one side. Map shows all the posts and has some suggested courses of varying length and difficulty. Maps are available for 25p each from the Coffee Lounge Terrace Hatch, open 9.30am to 4.00pm. Tel: 01384 817817.


Rough Wood, Willenhall
Reclaimed industrial land turned nature reserve.  8 maps offering courses of varying length and difficulty.
Full details and map downloads are held on the Go Orienteering website.


Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich
Large country park with mixed open and densely wooded areas. Map shows all the posts and has some suggested courses of varying length and difficulty.
Full details and map downloads are held on the Go Orienteering website.
Printed maps may be available to purchase from Sandwell Park Farm Visitor Centre. Tel: 0121 5532147


Shire Oak, Walsall
Old sand quarry converted to nature reserve.  A compact area with complex contours and extensive path network.  5 maps offering courses of varying length and difficulty.  The two shorter, harder courses are GPS enabled.
Full details and map downloads are held on the Go Orienteering website.


Sutton Park
Sutton Park is a 2,400 acre National Nature Reserve located 6 miles north of Birmingham. It’s one of the largest urban parks in Europe and has open heathland, woodlands, seven lakes, wetlands, and marshes.

Maps are available from Sutton Park Visitor Centre (around 250 metres on the left from the Town Gate entrance) or Big Strides Consulting Ltd. (07714094427) dave@birminghamadventure.co.uk and www.birminghamadventure.co.uk.