Permanent orienteering courses allow you to practice your orienteering skills whenever you want, without having to wait for an organised event.
Typically, you purchase or download an orienteering map of the area on which are marked a number of control sites. At each of these you will find a permanent marker on which there is the control number and a letter or letters which you can note down and later check to make sure you found the correct control.
Some permanent courses suggest various routes you can take around the controls, varying from easy to hard. Alternatively, you can decide your own course.
There are several permanent orienteering courses in Norfolk. Currently we can recommend the areas below as having an up-to-date map and, so far as we know, control markers in position. (Apologies if any have been vandalised recently!) In addition, Bacton Wood has the markers in the right places, but the map is awaiting revision, and some areas of the wood are rather brambly.
Outside the county, but within easy reach, there are permanent courses at High Lodge (entry from the B1107 Brandon to Thetford road), and Brandon Country Park (entry from the B1106 Brandon to Bury St Edmunds road). Maps are available from the visitor centre at each location.
Maps available at the Visitor Centre. Further information on the North Norfolk District Council website
Maps available from the office at Kelling Heath Holiday Park
Maps available through Forestry England website
SANDRINGHAM COUNTRY PARK
Maps are on sale at the Visitor Centre. 19 controls; 2 courses suggested but an infinite number possible!
WHITLINGHAM COUNTRY PARK, NORWICH
Maps are available from the Visitor Centre on Whitlingham Lane
CATTON PARK, NORWICH
Maps available from Catton Park