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Permanent Orienteering Courses

Picture of a Permanent Course Post
With the assistance of the landowners and latterly Lottery funds, the club has established some Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) in the forests and parks of the county.
The courses are an ideal way of teaching yourself about the sport without feeling any need to be competitive. You can learn about the map symbols, practise your compass and pacing skills, or maybe just have an interesting walk in an unfamiliar area.
See the details for each POC below for how to obtain a map. These are usually either a free download or available on site for a few pounds. There is no competition, no timing, no planned courses.
Instead of the usual red and white flag, control locations are marked by wooden posts bearing a small red/white symbol.
Instead of punching units or pin punches, each post has a number (the control number) and a letter code.
Instead of planned courses, the map suggest courses at various technical difficulties, or you can devise a route to challenge yourself!
Finally, there is no checking you have written down the letter codes correctly - but maybe you might decide to make it a family or workmate competition.
The facility is there for you to use how you want, whenever you want, subject to the landowner's restrictions (if any). Enjoy!
Any problems, enquiries, map supply issues, please contact NOC Permanent Course Co-Ordinator, Tony Buckland, 01636 812573
Boughton Brake Link to StreetMap
One mile north of Ollerton, parking on Brake Lane. OS sheet 120 SK669692. Maps available for download from the Forestry Commission and British Orienteering website. Produced by NOC in partnership with Ollerton Town Council, the Forestry Commission, the Dukeries Academy and Friends of Boughton Brake.
Bulwell Hall Park Link to StreetMap
NOC have worked with the City of Nottingham to produce a permanent course. You can download a free map here.
Clumber Park Link to StreetMap
6 miles north of Ollerton on A614. OS Sheet 120 SK625745. Maps from Visitor Centre or Estate Office 01909 476592. Groups arranged by Estate Office. 1:2500 Family friendly course developed and in place September 2015. 1:5000 Mid-level course - map available from the British Orienteering website. See the National Trust website for details of occasional orienteering events. This is a National Trust property, access charges apply.
Colwick Park Link to StreetMap
NOC have worked with the City of Nottingham to produce a permanent course. You can download a free map here and view other details of the park here.
Rufford Country Park Link to StreetMap
3 miles south of Ollerton on A614. OS Sheet 120 SK643647. Maps from both Visitors Centre shops Suitable for wheelchairs. Please note - map ready for revision, all controls still in place except 19 and Finish.
Rushcliffe Country Park Link to StreetMap
Signed from the A60 south of Rushcliffe at the roundabout into the business park and Rushcliffe Country Park at SK579324. Follow signs to the main car park and visitor centre. Map available from the visitors centre.
Sherwood Forest Link to StreetMap
Maps are available for free download from the British Orienteering website. The new RSPB Visitor Centre is now open, car park entrance from B6084, north of Edwinstowe. OS Sheet 120 SK628676. Map and posts updated August 2015. Small groups by arrangement. NO LARGE GROUPS/EVENTS Suitable for wheelchairs.
Sherwood Pines Link to StreetMap
Gruffalo Orienteering Trail available on site. Family Orienteering Trail and Long and Middle course maps - free download maps available from the British Orienteering and Forestry Commission web sites.
Silverhill Wood Link to StreetMap
This map is available for free from the Forestry Commission and British Orienteering websites. This picturesque woodland with its mixture of broadleaf and conifer trees, open meadows and ponds were formally two colliery sites. Through a process of coal washing, engineering, landscaping, fertilising and planting Silverhill Wood has been transformed into a beautiful woodland. It also boasts the views from one of the highest points in Nottinghamshire, definitely worth a visit. The viewpoint is marked by an impressive miner's memorial statue. The reverse of the map has the following suggested courses: Easy / yellow standard - 5 controls - 1.5 km - about 20 minutes Medium / orange standard - 10 controls - 3 km - about 40 minutes Score or make up your own course - 20 controls Important note: please avoid controls 11,12 and 16 between March and July because of ground-nesting birds.
Southglade Park Link to StreetMap
NOC have worked with the City of Nottingham to produce a permanent course. You can download a free map here.
The Forest and Arboretum Link to StreetMap
NOC have worked with the City of Nottingham to produce two separate permanent courses. Forest Recreation Ground: You can download a free map here and view other details of the park here.         Arboretum: You can download a free map here and view other details of the park here.
Wollaton Park Link to StreetMap
NOC have worked with the City of Nottingham to produce a permanent course. You can download a free map here.
Woodthorpe Grange Park Link to StreetMap
NOC have worked with the City of Nottingham to produce a permanent course. You can download a free map here and view other details of the park here.
No longer in use


The POC at Bramcote Hills and The Hemlockstone is no longer in use

The POC at Vicar Water Country Park is no longer in use
9 Apr 2017