MapActive Navigation Skills course

Learn orienteering techniques for hill walking, fell running or mountain marathons 

Join our two-part MapActive course in May and June to become a more confident map reader and explore new trails, woods or urban areas. This course will show you how to:

  • Select the best routes and minimize mistakes
  • Stay in contact with the map
  • Relocate when you get lost
  • When and how to use a compass
  • Be more confident and have more fun

Your coaches will include Chris Millard, Darren Cook and Ann-Marie Duckworth. All are successful orienteers and Ann-Marie has coached the East Midlands Junior Orienteering Squad for many years. 

Who is the course for?

The programme is suitable for adults and children aged 9 years and older who are either complete beginners or already have some map reading experience, but want to learn more advanced skills.

The practical exercises have different levels of difficulty suitable for adults and children based on their experience. Adults can complete these activities individually or in groups and can be taught how to support/shadow younger children.

How is the course structured?

The course is in two parts, each designed to progressively build competence and confidence in map reading and fundamental navigation.

The May and June Saturday sessions will be held in two parks in Derby and involve face-to-face coaching explaining techniques and practical exercises on an orienteering map.

There are also mid-week follow-up Zoom sessions to answer any questions and reinforce learning.

Learn more about dates and times


An example of route choices taken by competitors on a DVO event with tracks recorded by watch GPS.

Future events

Thursday 18 April 2024

Thursday 25 April 2024
Chester Green

Sat 4 and Sat 11 May 2024

Recent results

Sunday 3 March 2024
Shipley Country Park

Saturday 10 February 2024
Elvaston Castle

Sunday 21 January 2024
Eyam Moor

Routegadget (view routes)

MapRun Results

Join DVO

Derwent Valley Orienteers are a friendly, active club with members throughout Derbyshire.

We welcome new members whatever your experience and can help you learn orienteering and how to improve, either informally or through coaching.

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We’re supported by the Orienteering Foundation

In 2023, thanks to a grant from the Orienteering Foundation, our Club is focusing on offering training courses for newcomers and help at local events in the Derby Area and beyond, but open to people from across Derbyshire.