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Would you like to take part in a challenging outdoor sport? One that gets not only your heart but also your brain racing. One you can do at any age. One that takes you to beautiful places, many of which few other people visit. Sound good? Come orienteering!

“ We are an active and very friendly orienteering club based in and around Shropshire. We welcome new members or those who want to find out more about our great sport. We all love maps and running in forests, moors and interesting urban areas. In Shropshire we are fortunate to have plenty to challenge our navigation and fitness abilities.”

What is orienteering?

Orienteering is an adventure sport in which participants navigate across country, visiting a series of checkpoints, using only a map and compass to find their way. You can see some example map excerpts below. Typically, orienteering races happen in woodland or on moorland or heathland, but in recent years there has been increasing interest in urban orienteering, making use of intricate streets, alleyways and buildings as well as parks.

Orienteering is open to people of all ages and can be enjoyed at walking pace, a gentle jog or as fast as you can run – so long as you keep your brain clear enough to navigate as quickly!

If you’re new to orienteering, we have information in our “Get Started” pages to help you get to know what’s involved, and of course we will be happy to help you at one of our events.

What we offer

We organise a range of orienteering events year round, from small and informal up to large and nationally important.

Typically we stage a number of informal Saturday morning “local” events, mostly in the spring and summer, that are ideal for newcomers to the sport. There are always courses suitable for beginners and someone on hand to answer your questions and help you get started.

Additionally we usually put on around two “regional” events per year. These form part of the West Midlands League, and so draw competitors from a wider area and are a bit more formal. At these events there are courses suitable for both more and less experienced orienteers, graded according to the “colour coded” system that is used across the UK.

Every second year we join forces with our neighbours Harlequins Orienteering Club to present “Springtime in Shropshire”, a three day festival of top-quality orienteering that takes place over the late May bank holiday weekend and attracts competitors from across the country.

Our members can also take part in training sessions varying from winter “lamp post orienteering” around local streets (often with the option of a curry afterwards), to advanced technical training on summer evenings, and occasional weekends away in challenging areas such as the Lake District.


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