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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

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.

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).

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

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.

F- Risley Moss, nr Warrington

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

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).

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

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.

J - Birkenhead Park

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

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).

L - Eastham Country Park, Eastham

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

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.

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

Mike Smithard