Orienteering is a sport where you navigate between specific numbered/lettered posts (controls). These controls are identified on a specially drawn coloured map with detailed information.

It's a great way to explore your local terrain and have an adventure using maps! It doesn't matter how young, old or fit you are. You can run, jog or walk - whatever pace suits you!

Orienteering courses

There are several permanent orienteering courses within green spaces in Plymouth boundaries. Otherwise why not use your local park or green space to create a temporary orienteering course. You'll need permission for any larger scale event with 30+ participants. Email scg
for more information.

Central Park

There are four courses in Central Park, from an all-ability 1.3km course which is suitable for wheelchairs, following tracks and paths close to the centre, to a hard 3.7km course to really test your skills.

Alternatively you can make up your own course from the 36 control points around the park.

Maps are available from the golf hut in Central Park or from the Devon Orienteering website.

Route colour Number of controls Distance Difficulty Estimated time
White 10 1.3km Easy access 30 minutes
Yellow 9 1.8km Introductory 40 minutes
Orange 13 3km Moderate 50 minutes
Light green 15 3.7km Hard 1 hour
All controls 36 Can vary Hard Can vary

 Central Park control card [PDF, 5KB]

 Central Park control codes [PDF, 2KB]

Woodland Wood

Woodland Wood has introductory and intermediate courses, with controls in place.

 Woodland Wood orienteering map: beginner [PDF, 281KB]

 Woodland Wood orienteering map: intermediate [PDF, 280KB]

 Woodland Wood control descriptions [PDF, 24KB]

 Getting to grips with orienteering [PDF, 72KB]