About Orienteering

British Orienteering have this great summary of the appeal of orienteering to many people:

“Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport that exercises mind and body.

The aim is to navigate between checkpoints or controls marked on a special orienteering map. There is no set route so the skill and fun come from trying to find the best way to go.

In competitive orienteering, the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time”.

You can learn more from this newcomers guide to orienteering on the British Orienteering Website which explains the types of events and courses available.

Here is an example of a map for one of our areas in Derby, showing how, if you want to, you can use your GPS watch to trace the route you followed and compare to others.

They have also produced a video called Orienteering Adventure sport for all explaining the basics.

A beginners guide is also available as a pdf download.

A set of Orienteering Skills Videos produced by South London Orienteers are available on the British Orienteering Website.


Future events

Saturday 8 June 2024
Darley Park

Thursday 13 June 2024

Saturday 22 June 2024
Allestree Park

Recent results

Sunday 19 May 2024
Hardwick Park

Sunday 3 March 2024
Shipley Country Park

Saturday 10 February 2024
Elvaston Castle

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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You can subscribe to receive information about future events suitable for novices.


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.