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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.

Permanent Orienteering Courses in the DEE Area

A Google Static Map of the DEE area with markers for each permanent course we have listed.

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

A - Castle Park, Frodsham

Grid Reference SJ514774. Map kits are available at 50p each from the Castle Park Arts Centre (01928-735832.

A Google Static zoomed in on Castle Park, Frodsham.

B - Delamere Forest

Grid Reference SJ 548704. Turn off the B5152 at Delamere railway station. Park in the Forestry Commission's Linmere Visitor Centre Car Park. Map kits are available at £1.50 each from "Bike Shop & Hire", next to the café (01606-881802, mobile 07949-088477).

A Google Static zoomed in on .

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 general@deeside-orienteering-club.org.uk.

A Google Static zoomed in on Greenbank and Clough Wood, Northwich.

D - Grosvenor Park, Chester

January 2015: this course is out of service due to refurbishment of the park.

E - Marbury 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 50p each from Comberbach Post Office (01606-891429) or Full Stop Book Store and Coffee House, Chester Road, Oakmere, (near Hogshead Lane), CW8 2HB Tel. 01606 882795.

A Google Static zoomed in on Marbury Park, Comberbach, nr. Northwich.

F- Risley Moss, nr Warrington

Grid Reference SJ664922(car park). Map kits are available at 50p from the Rangers (01925-824339).

A Google Static zoomed in on Risley Moss, nr Warrington.

G - Runcorn Town Park, Runcorn

Grid Reference SJ549809 (car park). Includes a wheelchair course. Map kits are available at 50p each from The Ski Slope office (01928-701965).

A Google Static zoomed in on Runcorn Town Park, Runcorn.

H - Spike Island, Widnes

Please note this course is temporarily closed (at 10/12/2012).

Grid Reference SJ513843. Off the Upper Mersey Road, Widnes (opposite Catalyst Museum). Includes a wheelchair course.

Map kits are available at 50p by contacting general@deeside-orienteering-club.org.uk.

A Google Static zoomed in on Spike Island, Widnes.

I - Arrowe Park

Grid Reference SJ276857. Maps are available from the Head Ranger at Arrowe Park (0151-678-4200). Unfortunately the course at this park is subject to vandalism, and some markers may not exist, or may be illegible.

A Google Static zoomed in on Arrowe Park.

J - Birkenhead Park

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

A Google Static zoomed in on Birkenhead Park.

K - Ashton Park, West Kirby

Grid Reference SJ217865. This is a small urban park with three courses, equivalent to white/yellow standard. Map kits are available at £1 each from the Wirral Visitor Centre, Thurstaston (0151-648-4371), from West Kirby Library, or from Malcolm Irvine (0151-648-7201).

A Google Static zoomed in on Ashton Park, West Kirby.

L - Eastham Country Park, Eastham

Grid Reference SJ364818 (car park). Maps are available at 40p from the Rangers (0151-327-1007).

A Google Static zoomed in on Eastham Country Park, Eastham.

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.

Please phone the Ranger (0151-357-1991) for maps or if you want to take a group.

A Google Static zoomed in on Rivacre Country Park, Ellesmere Port, South Wirral.

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

 
Mike Smithard