Border Liners Orienteering Club runs events throughout the year, for all ages and abilities, in great locations in North and East Cumbria.
Try it! - 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. Beginners 'On the Day' checklist (PDF)

See the Newcomer's Guide on the British Orienteering website, and we have some useful info on our Club Resources pages

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. The symbols and colours are different to an 'ordinary' o map. Find information about this, and a whole lot more, at

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.

Book Recommendation

Mcneil Book Cover

Orienteering: Skills - Techniques - Training
Crowood Sports Guides - Orienteering
By Carol McNeill
ISBN 978-1-8479-206-4
£9.99 from Crowood Press via their website, Harvey's and elsewhere.
Over 200 maps & photographs in full colour.

Carol McNeill boasts a long and successful career in orienteering, and has wide experience in coaching. Her book begins with an introduction to the sport, and has sections covering the basic skills right through to advanced techniques. Lots of practical information and advice.