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

Border Liners Orienteering Club runs 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.

Beginners 'On the Day' checklist (PDF)

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

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 maprunner.co.uk.
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 Resources pages for more information and useful links

British Orienteering membership
The benefits of being a member of British Orienteering include:

  • British Orienteering e-newsletters & option to sign up for e-newsletters about orienteering matters
  • Eligibility to compete in UK orienteering national and regional leagues, and inclusion in the national ranking scheme
  • Discounts from a wide range of national partners, eg Cotswold Outdoors, Up & Running (see BO website for full list)
  • Public Liability Insurance when participating in events and activities registered with British Orienteering

There are 2 levels of British Orienteering membership:
Senior – any member aged 21 or older on 31 December 2019 - £11.00
Junior – any member aged 20 or younger on 31 December 2019 - £5.00
Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December. You can be a member of British Orienteering without being a member of an affiliated club. However, we encourage you to also join Border Liners.

Border Liners membership
Border Liners Orienteering Club (BL) has been encouraging orienteers and orienteering in North & East Cumbria since 1969. BL members receive weekly email updates with club news, local and premier national fixtures and club training and coaching opportunities. Celebrating 50 years of orienteering in 2019, we are planning a range of 50th birthday celebration events and activities from Autumn 2019 through 2020.
Senior – £5.00
Junior – £1.00
The fees for Border Liners membership including British Orienteering for 2019 are therefore:
Senior member – £16.00
Junior member – £6.00

Join Border Liners Orienteering Club
(Direct link to British Orienteering website)
The easiest way to join Border Liners and British Orienteering is online via the British Orienteering website or by telephoning the British Orienteering National Office on 01629 583037, to join and pay by credit/debit card. You can also join by post by downloading the British Orienteering membership form (PDF) - complete and post it with a cheque payable to British Orienteering.

“Friend of BL” membership
This is available for anybody who is registered with British Orienteering through another Club, and for individuals who only wish to go to local events. To join or renew your membership as a Friend of BL for 2019, please send your details, including email address, and the BL membership fee (Senior £5 and Junior £1, cheque payable to Border Liners Orienteering Club) to Shirley Moss, 3 The Meadows, Cliburn, Penrith, CA10 3AH.