Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs)

Orienteering anytime

Sat 19 Sep 2015

These courses have permanent markers at control points (also known as check points) with a code and an orienteering logo attached. 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?

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 Orienteering Courses

​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 weekdays and £13 weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays.  
Kent University Campus (Canterbury)


​CT2 7NT

Maps are available at the University Sports Centre Reception.  
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 


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)

TR146357 CT21 4HL

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 or download and print attached file

Brockhill Info



Milton Creek Country Park (Sittingbourne)



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

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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