Orienteering is an activity for all ages that combines map reading with getting active in the great outdoors. The aim is to navigate between various points on a map, also known as ‘controls’. When you find each point you can scan a QR code on your phone or write down the letters/numbers that you see.

If you like to get competitive you can time how long it takes you to find the points and compare with others.

There are a few permanent orienteering courses throughout Dorset which are open to the public to use in parks, forests and urban areas.

Some courses use the Oriento App which you can download on to a GPS-enabled smartphone then use it to scan a QR code at each point to show that you have found it.

Download app here >

Using orienteering courses

Download Your Own Orienteering Maps

Try orienteering in Sturminster Newton and Gillingham with these maps.  You can either download these for yourself or borrow a copy from Waitrose Gillingham or Gilligham Library.  All you will need is a smart phone or a pen and paper to plot your course.

Find a course near you

Self Led Courses

Explore the courses available across Dorset and download a map.

To search for a course close to you:

– Visit Wessex Orienteers 

– Visit  Oriento

Orienteering Clubs

If you are ready to take the next step, local orienteering clubs have coaches who can teach you to become a better orienteer. Dorset has two Orienteering Clubs: Wessex Orienteering Club and Wimborne Orienteers. Both clubs offer the chance to take part in fun and sociable orienteering events and have coaches who can help you to improve your orienteering skills.

– Visit Wessex Orienteering Club

– Visit Wimborne Orienteers

Other Discovery Wood Activities

To the park

Picnic in the Parks has many more activities for you to enjoy. Head back to map and explore the other zones.