Orienteering Anytime at Permanent Courses
A permanent orienteering course means you can go at a time that suits you! Our permanent courses are detailed below. To see a list of all (i.e. not just CHIG) permanent courses near you, click here.
The park has both North and South orienteering maps with courses for all ages and abilities on each map, all courses have route choices that enable use of paths for the full course and are wheelchair friendly. enabled.
Hard copy maps and answers are also available from the information point in the south of the park (opposite the London Aquatics Centre on the bridge next to Westfield Stratford City) open daily from 10am – 3pm.
The courses are set up for Mobo orienteering you can download the app to your smartphone and use it to navigate around the courses. For more information visit the MOBO website.
The North courses start just to the north of the Copper Box Arena and cover the northern half of the park including the Velodrome, Timber Lodge Cafe and the Olympic Rings.
|Yellow||11||1.8||Suitable for beginners as an introduction to orienteering||15-35||‘Yellow North’|
|Orange||16||2.3||Suitable for families with young children who are familiar with map reading or have done orienteering before||25-50||‘Orange North’|
|Red||17||2.6||Suitable for those who are familiar with map reading or have done orienteering before and are looking for a longer activity||35-60||‘Red North’|
|All Controls||Suitable for those who are familiar with map reading or have done orienteering before and are looking for a longer activity||‘Score North’|
The South Courses start at the information point near the Aquatics Centre and cover the southern half of the park including the Olympic Stadium, Arcelormittal Orbit and Mandeville Place.
The South courses are being updated following park redevelopment and are currently out of use.
|Yellow||11||1.6||Suitable for beginners as an introduction to orienteering||15-35|
|Orange||15||2.6||Suitable for families with young children who are familiar with map reading or have done orienteering before||25-50|
|Red||13||2.6||Suitable for those who are familiar with map reading or have done orienteering before and are looking for a longer activity||35-60|
Map Downloads are available:
- Short course map and descriptions (pdf) – 1.5km long
- Medium course map and descriptions (pdf) – 2.5km long
- Long course map and descriptions (pdf) – 4.1 km long
- Score course (pdf)
- All controls course map and descriptions (xls) – with all 23 controls/markers
Paper copies of the maps are also available from Pets’ Corner shop and Spurriers House Café.
The Harlow Town Park course has been designed by Chigwell & Epping Forest Orienteering Club, with the co-operation of Harlow Council and financial assistance from Harlow Recreation Trust and from Awards for All.
34 controls available at this course. You can join the course at any one of three start points:
- Waltham Abbey Gardens, Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1XQ
- Fishers Green car park, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF
- Pindar Car Park, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN8 9AJ
Maps, post descriptions and a score card cost £2.50, which you can obtain from the Lee Valley website – just click here.
Paper copies available from Fairlop Waters Country Park from the Bar at Fairlop Waters or from the Outdoor Activity Centre
Paper copies available from the Visitor’s Centre open Monday to Friday.
Other Permanent Courses
There are other permanent courses around the south-east of England – full details here.
- Get a copy of the map (see details opposite), a small charge may apply. Bring a pen and paper with you.
- Find the Start on the Map (The Triangle).
- Using the map, decide which orienteering posts (See example in picture above) to find. Each post is marked on the map with a Red Circle.
- Go orienteering!
- Use the pen and paper to keep a record of the markers you have found and to write down the unique letter for each control.
A key skill in finding the control markers is setting the map. This means turning the map until the symbols on the map line up with the corresponding features on the ground. This helps to ensure you set off in the correct direction. Use tracks and paths to help navigate to the control markers.