Family orienteering course opens at Formby

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Try our new orienteering course at Formby

Latest update 18.02.2014 14:40

A new family orienteering course will open this Friday at Formby. Thanks to support from MEROC – the Merseyside Orienteering Club (now part of Deeside Orienteering Club), anyone interested in orienteering, whether they be complete beginners or those with slightly more orienteering experience will be able to take part in the sport at Formby all year round.

The idea of installing a new, permanent orienteering course came from Area Ranger, Kate Martin. 'I’ve had previous experience of running a family orienteering event on a temporary course’ says Kate. ‘When one of our volunteers here at Formby – who also happens to be a member of MEROC – approached us and offered funding to install a permanent course we were delighted.

The club donated just under £500 for materials, planned the course and produced an orienteering leaflet with 3 suggested routes. We then installed the 25 markers for the course which covers the woodland and grassland of the site here'

The orienteering event this Friday 21 February is open to anyone who is interested in this fantastic sport or just wants to learn more. The cost is £2 per entry, bring your own compass or hire one from us. After the event the orienteering maps will be available to purchase.

'Orienteering is just one of a number of new activities at Formby that encourage our visitors to get outdoors and explore this wonderful place' says Kate. 'It’s a fun activity which helps to improve your navigating and map reading skills as well as keeping you fit by giving you a good walk or run around. It’s a great way of introducing children to map reading and how to use a compass. So come along on Friday to find out more – we look forward to seeing you'.