Permanent Orienteering courses

Sat 19 Sep 2015

Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) can be used for informal training

A permanent orienteering course consists of a number of permanent control points (usually about 20) identified by sturdy wooden posts with a code and an orienteering logo carved or painted on them. All the controls are shown on an overprinted map. 

POCs are usually situated in parks or forests owned by local councils, the National Trust or Forest Enterprise. Management of the courses may be by the owner of the land, or by the local orienteering club.


What is the purpose of a POC?

The courses can be used in different ways, depending on your own specific needs. The great thing about them is that you can go at a time to suit you, on whatever day of the week you choose. If you are an experienced orienteer you may use them to fine tune specific techniques, maybe pace counting, relocation or line orienteering. They are also an ideal way of introducing children and adults alike to the sport, where you can go at your own pace and spend as much time as you like figuring out the map. If you want to go in a pair or as a group, again, this is the perfect opportunity. You may have just started orienteering and are wanting to gain confidence in your skills outside of the pressures of an organised competition. So whether you are using them for training purposes or just for a more adventurous family stroll, the choice is entirely yours.

Local POCs

​for more details contact Beryl Pring,  

Venue Grid Ref postcode Details
Bedgebury Pinetum


TN17 2SJ

Maps (£2) are available at the Visitor Centre 01580 879820. 4 courses are suggested on the map: White/Yellow/Orange/Light Green. Also 13km mountain bike trail, and terrific children's adventure play area. Car parking £10.
Kent University Campus


​CT2 7NT

Maps are available at the University Sports Centre Reception.
Betteshanger Country Park


​CT14 0BF 

Maps available from Bike Hire.  The park is open from 8am every day but closing times vary throughout the seasons so check on their website https://www.betteshanger-park. Contact phone number 01304 619227.


Trosley Country Park


​DA13 0SY

Trosley Country Park is on the Gravesend Road at Vigo. Maps available from the Bluebell Café - a lovely place to go with great views from the top of the park which is set on the North Downs on a steep chalk escarpment.


or Download from British Orienteering POC website  £1

Whinless Down


​CT17 9PT

Maps and details available from White Cliffs Countryside Partnership  Tel. 01304 241806
Good for schools and groups.

Mote Park now open


​ME15 7SU

Maps and instructions are available from the café on waterproof paper for £1.50.  Opening times Winter 10 - 4 and Summer 10 - 5.30

or Download from British Orienteering POC website  £1

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