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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. 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 Park Shop or Estate Office 01909 476592. Groups arranged by Estate Office. Wheelchair course available. 1:15000 map updated 2014 1:2500 Family friendly course developed and in place September 2015. 1:5000 Intermediate course to be available soon. 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
Entrance from B6084, 1 mile north of Edwinstowe. OS Sheet 120 SK628676. Maps from Sherwood Visitors Centre Map and posts updated August 2015. Small groups arranged by Head Ranger 01623 823202 NO LARGE GROUPS/EVENTS Suitable for wheelchairs.
Sherwood Pines Link to StreetMap
Gruffalo Orienteering Trail available on site. Family Orienteering Trail - free download maps available from the British Orienteering and Forestry Commission web sites.
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.
Vicar Water Country Park Link to StreetMap
3 miles north east of Mansfield off B6030. OS Sheet 120 SK587627. Further information and maps from Head Ranger, 01623 823202 or Keith Streb, 01623 473401.
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
9 Apr 2017