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Permanent Orienteering Courses

As well as organised events laid on by the British Orienteering Affiliated Clubs, there are many permanent courses all across the UK. Once you have acquired a map kit, you can orienteer whenever you like. The map kit usually includes:

  • a map with the control sites marked,
  • a control card for you to mark the codes corresponding to the control marker,
  • a sheet of instructions to help you get started.

Watch this video to learn more about permanent courses.

Permanent Orienteering Courses in the DEE Area

There are several permanent courses in the Deeside Orienteering Club Area including:

A - Castle Park, Frodsham

Note to regular orienteers: if you expect to run in the CompassSport Cup heat on Frodsham Hill in February 2023, do not use this permanent course before then as some courses may visit this area.

Grid Reference SJ514774. Map kits are available at £1 each.

  • Full details and downloadable map here.
  • or buy map on-site at Castle Park Arts Centre (01928-735832).

B - Delamere Forest

The Delamere Forest permanent course is currently closed due to forestry operations. Dated 31 October 2023.

C - Greenbank and Clough Wood, (Marshall's Arm) and Hartord Campus, Northwich

Grid Reference SJ649727. Map kits and instruction sheet are available at 50p each by contacting

E - Marbury Country Park, Comberbach, nr. Northwich

Grid Reference SJ653763(car park). Includes a wheelchair course. Contact the Rangers' office (01606-77741) for more information. Map kits are available at £1 each from Comberbach Post Office (01606-891316).

J - Birkenhead Park

Grid Reference SJ308890. Maps £1 on sale from Visitor Centre - (0151 652 5197) - Park Drive, Birkenhead, CH41 4HY.

M - Rivacre Country Park, Ellesmere Port, South Wirral

Grid Reference SJ383779. From M53 junction 7, take B5132 signed 'Overpool'. After about half a mile, turn right into Rivacre Road. Map kits are available free.

  • Full details here.
  • Free downloadable map here.
  • or phone the Ranger (0151-357-1991) for maps or if you want to take a group.

N - Lymm Dam

Postcode WA13 0QS

  • Full details and downloadable map here.

There are other courses in the surrounding areas of the North West Region, please see their web sites for details.

Mike Smithard