British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct (PDF)
Please read this document before attending an orienteering event!

See the British Orienteering website for up to date news and guidance.

There will be NO NOVICE COURSES at any of our events and the Schools league is currently on hold.


In these uncertain times we are unable to publish a firm schedule, but hope to continue hosting monthly events. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all events are currently pre-entry and open to experienced orienteers only. Numbers may be limited, NO ENTRY ON THE DAY. Please check regularly for updates as the situation can change at short notice. Visit British Orienteering for up to date news and guidance.

Monthly Events Come and Try it!
Suitable for all - kids, families, beginner adults, runners, experienced orienteers.


Under normal circumstances Border Liners Orienteering Club hosts events throughout the year, for all ages and abilities, in great locations in North and East Cumbria. You don't need to be a member. Improve your fitness, enjoy the views, indulge your competitive streak!
Our Saturday informal meetings have a minimum of two courses - a 2-3k easy 'Short' (or 'Orange') and a harder 'Long' (or 'Green') for more experienced orienteers. This is a sport for the whole family!
Running or walking gear recommended - bring a waterproof, spare shoes and warm clothes for after. Compass useful but not essential for easy courses. Bring a whistle if you have one. Bigger events may have catering and toilets, but that's the exception to the rule so make your own arrangements. Arrive in good time and allow an hour or so to do your course. Let the organiser know you are a beginner so they can help you. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult unless they are experienced orienteers.

pdfBeginners 'On the Day' checklist

Advice for Beginners
Not sure what the course colours mean? See the British Orienteering Newcomers Guide for this and other essential information.

Orienteering Jargon
And here's a 'must read' for anyone new to the sport (and even those of us who aren't)
Orienteering Jargon - an explanation of all the common orienteering words.

SI Cards, dibbers, controls, kites, punching..... eh?
Anyone new to the sport might well wonder what the heck it's all about.
Rather than read a lengthy description, all you need to do is watch this - then Come and Try It!!
Scottish 6 Days Orienteering 2017, Day 1

Get Up To Speed!
'Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering' - a series of YouTube videos from SLOW (South London Orienteers).

Map symbols and control descriptions.. and all manner of info, including articles and videos, at
You don't have to be new to orienteering to find this useful.

Get a preview of some orienteering maps on RouteGadget - and see some of the routes runners have chosen!

You can do it in towns too! Fancy a go at urban orienteering? Take a look at the map from Penrith Urban Nopesport Final.

It's a truly international sport!
The World Orienteering Championships were held in the Inverness area in 2015 - see a selection of videos here on YouTube
The IOF (International Orienteering Federation) website has orienteering news from all over the world, and resources include a video library.

 Please also see our Club Info pages for more information and useful links

BL Membership Information

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