British Orienteering is the National Governing Body of the sport of Orienteering. Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body.

The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds.  It's a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Orienteering - The adventure sport for all.

What is Community Orienteering?

Community Orienteering' or 'Community O' provides weekly training and activities from a fixed location that will allow for skill development at a social and motivating level for people of all ages and abilities. Community O also includes local events and competitions that can provide a stepping stone into mainstream orienteering events. The weekly 'Club Nights' are aimed at attracting a broad range of participants from a wide demographic. The nights are accessible to all but are particular popular with family groups. We are also fortunate that orienteering is taught in 60% of schools and the 'Club Nights' provide a perfect environment to progress from school orienteering to events. You can find out more about Community O in Cumbria here 


Local fixtures happen on a regular basis. You can find details here or by looking at your local clubs website: 

Border Liners

West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC)

Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC)


Warrior Orienteering Club (WAROC) 

Orient 8

Wild Ennerdale


Orienteering in your area

There are 13 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.


Thomas Brown
Participation Officer (NW) 
British Orienteering

Tel: 0707891091512


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