Download maps and courses for free, and search out the control markers located around the parks.
Orienteering in Brighton & Hove
Orienteering is an outdoor adventure sport that can be enjoyed as a competitive running challenge, or as a leisurely walking activity.
The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a map, deciding the best route to complete the course in the fastest time.
It doesn't matter how young, old or fit you are. You can run, walk or jog the courses and progress at your own pace.
There are permanent orienteering markers located in four of Brighton & Hove's city parks, each with several courses of varying length. No special equipment is required and the maps are available to download for free.
Download Maps, Courses and Exercises
You can download orienteering maps and resources for the following parks:
This video guide was filmed in Hove Park. It introduces the sport and presents the key skills of orientating the map, choosing a route, and finding an 'attack point'.
You can download a full orienteering video transcript (216KB).
Resources for Schools
There are training exercises and courses suitable for years 4 to 13 year olds in Hove Park, with maps also available for the other three largest city parks. You can download these using the links above.
You can find orienteering events in Sussex on the Southdown Orienteering website. The local club Southdowns Orienteers offers free coaching for all on a monthly basis and has a squad for juniors aged 7 to 20 years old.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Visit the British Orienteering website for more general information and for events further afield.