Permanent and Find Your Way Orienteering Courses (POCs/VOCs)

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Sat 19 Sep 2015

Courses either have permanent markers with an orienteering logo at control points, or controls are picked up by mobile phone app MapRun6. All the controls are shown on an overprinted orienteering map that you can download from the Saxons or British Orienteering websites or in most cases obtain on site.

What is the purpose of a POC or VOC?

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. 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. 

Here is a video on the use of permanent courses, YouTube direct link

Saxons Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses

​for more details contact Beryl Pring,  

Venue Details



Haysden Country Park

TN11 9BB &



Tonbridge Castle


Virtual courses only which start either from Haysden CP or from Tonbridge Castle.  Haysden is flat and low lying, containing 2 lakes, and with part of the River Medway running through it. The Castle dates back to the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Pay & display parking.  Maps available onsite at Haysden and also from the Castle Gift shop soon - download attached maps in the interim.

Haysden Maps and Info



Tonbridge Castle Maps and Info




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 weekdays and £13 weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays.    

Kent University Campus (Canterbury)


Currently POC only.  Park at the University Sport Centre car park.  £2.50 for 3 hours. W3W:gaps.proof.recitals.  Maps currently not held on site - download and print attached file.  Map is available here  

Betteshanger Country Park (near Deal)

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.

Also available to download here 


Bettes-hanger Maps and Info








Whinless Down (Dover)

CT17 9PT

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


Mote Park 


ME15 7SU

Large park in Maidstone. Great views over the lake, with open fields and small areas of woodland. Childrens playground, cafe and toilets. Car parking £2. 

Download map and instructions here 




Brockhill Country Park (Near Hythe)

CT21 4HL

POC and Virtual courses available.  Small park with a lake, childrens play area and a really good café.  Great area for children and families to learn about orienteering.

Waterproof Maps are available for £1 at the Café, open 10am - 4pm daily (except Mondays in Winter) or download and print attached file

Brockhill Info and Maps





Milton Creek Country Park (Sittingbourne)

ME10 2HA

Entrance to the park from Green Porch Close with limited parking. Friends of Milton Creek Country Park Facebook page

A small park with Childrens Play area and a Fishing Lake.  Two trails suitable for wheelchairs.  Maps available to download here 



Trosley Country Park

(near Vigo)

DA13 0SG

POC and virtual courses available.  Trosley is a small Country Park close to the village of Vigo.  Mostly wooded area with a steep scarp slope on the southern side.  Maps not yet held on site - download and print attached file.

Trosley Info







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