Orienteering is competitive navigation on foot. Using a map and compass, competitors find their own way as accurately as they can between checkpoints (controls) using their skill to choose the best route.
An orienteering course varies in length from under 2km, with 6-10 controls, for beginners to over 15km for the elite. At most events there is a choice of 6 or more courses catering for both beginners and experienced orienteers of all ages.
Events are held in woods, forest, heath and moorland. these areas with their many paths, streams, hills and valleys to provide the best navigation problems.