If you’d like to try orienteering while socially distancing, then a permanent course might be just right for you. It enables you to follow a map and find the controls in your own time.
For those new to orienteering there is a new Orienteering Foundation video Permanent Orienteering Courses – Discover an Outdoor Adventure to give you an idea of what to expect.
Guildford Orienteers with support from Surrey Wildlife Trust maintains a permanent orienteering course at Newlands Corner, near Guildford Surrey GU4 8SE. It was updated in April 2018 with a new map and 4 more control sites. Start and finish are at the far end of the car park.
Surrey Wildlife Trust / Streetmap location map (Grid Reference on OS Map 186 is TQ043493).
Map packs are available for a small fee from the visitor centre / by post from GO via email, or you can download and print a map with instructions FREE from the British Orienteering website. You can choose your own route or a range of courses have been designed for all abilities, particularly Newcomers…
… and even better, the Newlands Corner car park now has free parking (since April 2020).
Neighbouring clubs also manage Permanent Courses:
- In North-West Surrey and East Hampshire by Southern Navigators:
- Alice Holt forest near Farnham – map from the Forest Office
- Oakley Park in Fleet – map by email
- To the East of Guildford by Mole Valley Orienteering Club – currently 11 courses.