Southdowns Orienteers

Permanent Orienteering Courses

There are a number of Permanent Orienteering Courses in Sussex, which can be used to practice on.

How to use the courses

Maps are available for these courses, which show the location of around 20 controls. A number of possible courses have been suggested at the bottom of each map, however there is nothing to stop you starting from wherever you wish and visiting whichever controls you want in any order.

The controls are marked by square plaques split into one red and one white triangle. Most of these are fixed to posts, benches or trees. On each plaque is a number corresponding to that marked on the map, also on the plaque is a unique letter. Noting down this letter provides proof that you have visited the control. On the map is a series of boxes, one for each control. Each box contains the number of the control, a description of its location and a space into which to copy the letter from the plaque..

The following locations have up to date maps and well maintained course markers:

Tilgate Park, Crawley - TQ267345
Maps available from:
Dynamic Adventures - Hut 13 Tilgate Recreation Centre, Tilgate Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 5PH 01293 552222

Southwater Country Park, Southwater - TQ159256
Maps available from:
Warden’s Office, Southwater Country Park, Cripplegate Lane, Southwater, W.Sussex. RH13 7UN. Tel.01403 731218

Horsham Park, Horsham - TQ173308
Maps available from:
Park House, North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RL Tel.01403 215201 Tourist Info Centre, 9 The Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE Tel. 01403 211661

Lancing Ring, Lancing - TQ184055
Maps available from:
Impulse Leisure - Lancing Manor, Manor Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 0PH, Tel: 01903 524624

Hotham Park, Bognor Regis - SZ941995
Maps available from Inspire Leisure concessions in Hotham Park (when these concessions are open) or from Arun Leisure Centre (Inspire Felpham), Felpham Way, Bognor Regis.

The following sites have slightly older courses where there may be some map updates required or controls missing. There is an ongoing programme of work to look at regenerating these courses where feasible.

Borde Hill, Cuckfield - TQ324265
Maps available from:
The visitors centre at Borde Hill. Tel. 01444 450326

Devil’s Dyke, Brighton
Maps available from:
The National Trust Devil’s Dyke Estate Office, Saddlescombe Farm, Brighton, BN45 7DE. Tel 01273 857712
NT Website

The Hawth, Crawley TQ278363
Hove Park, Hove TQ288063
Preston Park, Brighton TQ303064

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