Orienteering Trails

New for 2014 to Millstreet Country Park is Orienteering

What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is an exciting form of countryside recreation. It is a walk with a difference. With the aid of specially prepared maps you fi nd your way to various control points by routes of your own choice. On the map, you will observe that various sites have been marked with circles and numbers. Description lists of the chosen sites are given below. There are suffi cient controls to provide several courses, enabling the map to be used on more than one occasion. Adventurous types may, alternatively, make up courses linking controls in a sequence of their own choice.


“Orienteering is a sport in which the Competitor independently, aided by a map and compass (optionally), has to complete a course on foot, visiting a number of features, termed controls, marked in the terrain and on the map”.

What to do

Visit the control sites (red or purple circles on your map with numbers alongside them) in a given sequence.

Control Sites

At each control site you will fi nd a small orange and white metal plate containing a number and a code. The number matches the number on your map. There is a hand punch attached to a structure near the metal plate. On arriving at a control site, you either punch a control card or write down its code. You may, also, if you wish, have some informal timed competitions within your group.

The Map

The map has fi ve colours: blue for water features, black for rock & man-made features, brown for earth forms, yellow for open land, and green for vegetation. White is for mature trees. Red or purple is for overprinting courses.

Map-Reading & Navigation Tips

Before setting off, fold the map to a working size and align the map with the features on the ground i.e. orientate the map. Follow the Linear Features (roads, paths, rivers, walls, fences) as much as possible. Read the map in front of your thumb and when you come
to a known feature on the ground move your thumb to its location on the map. “Thumb” your way round the course. This will simplify map reading.

Developing a Systematic Approach to Navigation

1) Fold the map to a working size. Your thumb should be able to reach the centre of the map from all four sides of the map.
2) Is my map oriented? Check and adjust as necessary.
3) Where am I on the map? Place your thumb on the map at the point where you are standing.
4) Where is my destination? Select an attack point.
5) How will I get there? Identify a route to your destination, which you can follow confi dently and safely, using handrails wherever possible. Thumb your way around the course by placing your thumb at your present or last known position on the map and read the map in front of your thumb.
6) What will I see along the way? Identify major check-off features.
7) What will I see if I go too far? Identify a catching feature beyond the destination.

Adventure Sport

These courses have been planned in accordance with normal orienteering practice. Care should be taken at all times on the orienteering course as changes in the terrain occur as a result of changing weather conditions. Orienteering is an adventure sport and you take part at your own risk.

FURTHER INFORMATION on orienteering is available from Irish Schools Orienteering Association, Munster Schools
Orienteering Association, Cork Schools Orienteering Association and Bishopstown Orienteering & Hillwalking Clubs: Tel: 021- 4546194, seancotter001@eircom.net or Google “BISHOPSTOWN”.

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