Permanent Orienteering Courses

Permanent Orienteering Courses

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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 British 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 British Orienteering website.

Brockhampton Estate, near Bromyard
National Trust site with a mixture of open parkland and woods. Map shows all the posts to allow you to plot your own course or to see how long it takes to find them all.
Full details and map downloads are held on the British Orienteering website.
Maps may also be available from the entrance kiosk, and the Tea Room.

Callow Hill, Wyre Forest
Lovely area of mixed woodland.
Some details are held on the British Orienteering website.
Maps available from Wyre Forest Visitors Centre, Callow Hill Contact telephone number: 0300 067 4935 Email:wyre@forestryengland.uk.

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.
Some details held on the British Orienteering website.
Maps are available from the cafe at Nimmings car park.

Croft Castle, near Ludlow
National Trust site with a mixture of parkland, fields and an extensive wooded valley.
Some details are held on the British Orienteering website.
Maps available from the entrance kiosk. 01568 780246

Croome Park, High Green, Worcester
Details are held on the British Orienteering website.
Maps are available from visitor centre 01905 371006

Dudmaston Hall, near Bridgnorth
National Trust site based on a pleasant wooded valley containing a series of lakes. Map shows all the posts and has some suggested courses of varying length and difficulty. Details are held on the British Orienteering website.
Maps may be available from the visitor centre.

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 British 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. Details are held on the British Orienteering website.
Maps may be available from Himley Hall kiosk. 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 British 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 British 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 British Orienteering website.