Get Inspired: How to get into orienteering

Mike Bushell tries out orienteering

How do I start?

British Orienteeringexternal-link can help you find a club nearby. You can also learn more from Scottish Orienteeringexternal-link, the Welsh Orienteering Associationexternal-link, and the NI Orienteering Association.external-link

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?

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,external-link visiting us on Facebookexternal-link or email us on

All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join Inexternal-link has opportunities to volunteer in your area.