Permanent Orienteering Courses
There are a large number of permanent orienteering courses (POCs) set in a wide variety of locations
from remote forests to the public parks in our cities.
They can be used for training in a number of ways. They are excellent for
beginners who can practise their skills without the pressure of
competition. Most permanent course packs will contain a number of suggested
courses of different lengths and technical difficulty. A list of permanent
courses in your area can be obtained from the British Orienteering
At each of the control sites there is normally a wooden post, which has the number
of the control and a letter for you to copy to prove you have visited the
On the map below, a suggested Yellow standard course of 2.1 km would be Start
(which is indicated as a triangle) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and finishing back at the start.
You can adapt permanent courses to suit your own group's needs.
Star exercise. (single control and return) 1. 8. 9. 10. 11 or 7.
Shorter courses 1,12,15,11 or 9,10,14,6,7.