Get out and explore the local outdoors with just a map and compass, or Geocache tool, to find checkpoints and hidden treasure!
Mixing map reading skills and teamwork, orienteering involves finding your way around a series of checkpoints hidden around the parkland, woods or hills. You can take your time and focus on the navigation, or if you have a completive side then it can turn into a full-blown race to be the first to finish!
Geocaching is all about hunting for little treasure troves hidden around the local area. It’s grown into a worldwide activity, with people stashing film canisters, biscuit tins or plastic tubs all over the place, marked only as a point on an electronic map. Not only do you have to find your way to the right location, but usually the cache is well hidden, meaning you have to hunt out all the places it could be tucked away. Inside each cache is a paper list of everyone who’s found it so you can add your name to the list of treasure hunters, and many also have little bits of treasure inside too!
The activity is a great way to develop basic navigational and map reading skills without feeling like it’s a training course. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the countryside for a walk or exploring a new city abroad, being able to read and understand how a map relates to the world around you can save you a whole lot of hassle when it comes to getting lost. For those wanting to go a bit further, we can also introduce basic compass work.
We make use of permanent courses as well as our portable setups, meaning the activity can be run at a wide range of locations across the country.
To ensure you get the most out of your activity, we ask that participants meet some minimum abilities.
- If the orienterring is done competitively, then good general fitness may be needed.
If you have any questions, please get in touch. We are usually able to accommodate a diverse range of special requirements.
For assessment courses that require logbooks or NGB registration, please ensure these are completed before the course commences.
Here is a quick guide to what you need to bring with you for the activity. A full kit list is included with your information pack provided after booking.
- Sturdy Trainers Or Walking Boots
- Warm Layers
- Snacks/Meals & Drinks (These May Not Be Available At The Location)
If you are struggling with any specialist equipment, then please get in touch, and we may be able to assist.