Get Inspired: How to get into orienteering
How do I start?
What is orienteering?
Finding your way from one point to another, using only a map, a compass and your brain, the winner is the person who reaches the end first.
Is it for me?
If you like a mental challenge with your exercise then you'll love orienteering - there are trails all over the UK and you only need comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing to get started.
What to expect when I start?
- TrailO is a form of orienteering for people of all levels of physical ability, including wheelchair users.
- Geocaching is like a high-tech treasure hunt where you use a GPS to find a small waterproof box (geocache) hidden outdoors.
- 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.
- If you'd like to have a go at something more fast paced and challenging then try Urban, Ski or Mountain Bike orienteering.
- British Orienteering and Sport England run family-friendly Xplorer events in local parks, which are aimed at primary and pre-school children and their families.
To get you in the mood…
Are you inspired to try orienteering? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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