If you are looking for a new hobby to get you out and about in Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford learning more about orienteering through the Chigwell and Epping Orienteering Club might be for you. Orienteering can be enjoyed by lots of different people of lots of different ages so it great for families seeking an activity that can be enjoyed together as well as for adults seeking a demanding mental and physical challenge.
Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises both the mind and body. In general, the main aim is to use your wits to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. In competitive orienteering, the challenge is to complete the pre-determined course in the quickest time choosing your own best route and your own running power.
It can be a fulfilling sport for runners and walkers of all ages who want to test themselves mentally as well as physically to the limit or it can add variety of leisure activities to be enjoyed as a runner. It can also be pursued as a more gentle recreational activity, it doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run or walk making progress at your own pace on the courses planned to suit you.
Orienteering can also take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban areas, parks and school playgrounds. If you are lucky enough to live in or are thinking of moving to Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford there are orienteering courses and events on your doorstep in Chigwell and Epping. There are also trips and events organised further afield to help you to discover new places. Chigwell and Epping Orienteering Club run orienteering sessions in Epping Forest and around the local area and offer events and a variety of courses suitable for kids, families, adult beginners and experienced orienteers.