Orienteering for all ages!

This week has mainly been about orienteering in the park, and there is more to come!  We hosted a Saturday orienteering event in conjunction with the amazing Eborienteers.  It was fantastic to see people of all ages running, walking, jogging, pram pushing around the park – map in hand seeking out those orange and white boxes!  The Eborienteers set up 4 routes in the park, progressively getting harder, and times were recorded with the use of dinky electronic dibbers.

It was lovely to see families and young children attempting orienteering for the first time.   We estimate around 150 people came along a had a go!  The Eborienteers were fantastic in helping people and explaining what to do.  They have even said they’d love to come back again in the next few months, fingers crossed!

The Eborienteers have also recently installed a permanent course in the park.  It’s a fantastic way to explore the park and add a little challenge! There will be some maps available in the Park cafe near The Friends of Rowntree Park duck food display.  Please feel free to borrow the maps and explore the park and have fun at the same time finding the orienteering points – please return the maps after.  You can download the maps for the three different routes here:

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The Young Friends of Rowntree Park’s after-school group – The Nature Ninjas – did some orienteering practice as their meet up a few days before the big event.  They used maps to navigate around cones and collect points, before being unleashed into the park to run along a route and develop their map reading skills.  It was amazing to see them grow in confidence.  Orienteering has definitely been a hit in the park this week and long may it continue!

Find out more about the Eborienteers and their regular meetups and events by clicking the link.




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