Permanent Orienteering Courses

Want to try orienteering for yourself or just fancy getting in the outdoors and tying something new? If so, then our permanent orienteering courses could be perfect for you.

What is Permanent Orienteering?

Permanent Course Orienteering involves finding control points using a specially drawn, large-scale colour map. The map shows the positions of the control markers with circles, each with an accompanying identification. 

On Permanent Courses, control markers are generally wooden posts or plaques. Each control is marked with letters to match those on the map so that on arrival, the orienteer can check that their navigation is correct.

There are short, easy courses for beginners with controls at path junctions. Further courses progress through a range of map reading skills to find controls a short distance from paths and finally in more remote locations.

This video below is an excellent introduction to permanent orienteering courses.

 

We currently have 7 permanent orienteering courses in the North Staffordshire area, all of which can be downloaded for FREE to enable you to set about orienteering for yourself. You can find information about our permanent courses below;


Apedale Country Park

Apedale Country ParkThe Permanent Course provides both easy, mainly track-based, controls suitable for school/youth groups and longer routes (up to 8·0 km) with some tricky navigation. It is an extensive area with wooded valleys, rough open fields and some pockets of complex old industrial workings; access to some parts is limited to protect wildlife.

Maps are available on site from the Rangers’ Office (01782 564885) or the Heritage Centre (cafe and mine tours also available); alternatively enclose £1·50 and a self addressed envelope (23 cm by 16 cm) with a letter to Alison Corbett; 16 Woodside Lane, Leek ST13 7AN (01538 384447).

Download a copy of the map and print off yourself for free.

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Bathpool Country Park

Bathpool ParkThe Permanent Course provides both easy, mainly track-based, controls suitable for school/youth groups and longer routes with some tricky navigation. It is an extensive area with wooded valleys and rough open fields.

Maps are available from Alison Corbertt. Please enclose £1·50 and a self addressed envelope (23 cm by 16 cm) with a letter to Alison Corbett; 16 Woodside Lane, Leek ST13 7AN (01538 384447).

Download a copy of the map and print off yourself for free.

Permanent Orienteering Courses - Answer Codes

 


Biddulph Grange Country Park

Biddulph GrangeThe Permanent Course provides both easy, mainly track-based, controls suitable for school/youth groups and longer routes with some tricky navigation. It is an extensive area with wooded valleys and some impressive views. Ample parking is provided with the visitor centre cafe open at peek times.

Maps are available from Alison Corbertt. Please enclose £1·50 and a self addressed envelope (23 cm by 16 cm) with a letter to Alison Corbett; 16 Woodside Lane, Leek ST13 7AN (01538 384447).

Download a copy of the map and print off yourself for free.

Permanent Orienteering Courses - Answer Codes

 


Brough Park

Brough ParkThe Permanent Course provides both easy, mainly track-based, controls suitable for school/youth groups and longer routes. The area is the Municipal Park for Leek, but is not a typical town park. The map can be split into 3 differing parts. The central third of the map comprises the normal park features and in addition a leisure centre. From this section the land falls to the south about 25m to a dry valley. The valley and the slopes to the north and south comprise about 40% woodland and the rest open grassland. The other third of the map is a recent addition to the park and is what made the area viable for mapping. This lies to the north and comprises mainly wooded slopes which drop 30m to the River Churnet.

Maps are available from Alison Corbertt. Please enclose £1·50 and a self addressed envelope (23 cm by 16 cm) with a letter to Alison Corbett; 16 Woodside Lane, Leek ST13 7AN (01538 384447).

Download a copy of the map and print off yourself for free.

Permanent Orienteering Courses - Answer Codes

 


Downs Banks

Downs BanksThe Permanent Course provides both easy, mainly track-based, controls suitable for school/youth groups and longer routes with some tricky navigation. Downs Banks is a small area of heath land midway between Barlaston and Stone, sometimes referred to as Barlaston Downs. Rectangular in shape it is about 1.0k × 0.6k. An unnamed stream runs N-S through the middle and the slopes to the East and West are very steep. The area stands out from its surroundings of more gently sloping farmland and the to the west the disused wasteland that was part of the demolished Meaford Power Station site.

Maps are available from Alison Corbertt. Please enclose £1·50 and a self addressed envelope (23 cm by 16 cm) with a letter to Alison Corbett; 16 Woodside Lane, Leek ST13 7AN (01538 384447).

Please note the permanent course in unavailable between April and June each year.

Download a copy of the map and print off yourself for free.

Permanent Orienteering Courses - Answer Codes


Ladderedge

LadderedgeThe Permanent Course provides both easy, mainly track-based, controls suitable for school/youth groups and longer routes. Ladderedge Country Park comprises 30 hectares (70 acres) of fields and woodland, with ponds, marshland and streams, lying in two contrasting sections. A main hilly section of the park lies to the west where there are commanding views over Leek and towards the Peak District. 

Maps are available from Alison Corbertt. Please enclose £1·50 and a self addressed envelope (23 cm by 16 cm) with a letter to Alison Corbett; 16 Woodside Lane, Leek ST13 7AN (01538 384447).

Download a copy of the map and print off yourself for free.

Permanent Orienteering Courses - Answer Codes

 


Central (Hanley) Forest Park

Hanley Forest ParkThis is the newest POTOC course that opened in October 2017. The Permanent Course provides both easy, track-based, controls suitable for school/youth groups and longer routes. All the controls are on or close to paths at Forest Parks. The area is a reclaimed colliery, landscaped as a public park. Mainly rough open, with some scattered trees. The slopes on the partially wooded spoil heaps are devoid of interesting contour features. 

Maps are available on site from the Snack Bar for Free. Additionally they can be downloaded online via the link below.

Download a copy of the map and print off yourself for free.

Permanent Orienteering Courses - Answer Codes

 


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Brough Park

Saturday 23rd June 2018

Sat Nav: ST13 6AT

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Permanent Courses

Why not try out orienteering at one of our permanent courses?

We have courses at:

  • Apedale
  • Bathpool Park
  • Biddulph Grange
  • Brough Park
  • Downs Banks
  • Ladderedge
  • Hanley Forest Park

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