Permanent Orienteering Course
University Parks, Oxford
Members of Oxford University Orienteering Club constructed a Permanent Orienteering Course (POC) in the beautiful University Parks, in Central Oxford, in Spring 2003.
Sturdy wooden markers with an orienteering symbol and code mark the points. There is a specially printed map with a number of suggested courses on it.
The project's primary aim is to have a permanently set-up course to allow the club and others to teach orienteering to groups of beginners, eg. schools. However, anyone can purchase the map and try out the courses in their own time.
An inaugural event was held on the 10th May 2003.
Part of the draft POC map.
FactsNumber of Controls: 25 - 8 easy, 8 medium, 8 difficult and one starting control. The start is sited near the South Gate park entrance. Each control has a different code written on it.
Approximate Area: 40 acres (0.4 square km)
Map: A4 professionally printed 6-colour orienteering-style map, scale 1:5000 with 5m contour intervals.
Courses: Suggested courses and marker location descriptions printed on the map, with boxes for entering the codes.
Current Status: Construction complete, area surveyed and maps printed! The inaugural event was held on Saturday 10th May.
Suitable For: Complete beginners and intermediate orienteers, children and adults.
Buy MapYou can buy maps from the Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street or by contacting the OUOC Secretary. The cost of the full colour map is just £1. Please obey the park regulations, displayed at the start. The park is open every day except the Monday of St. Giles fair and closes at dusk, detailed times on the Parks Website
AcknowledgementsThanks are due to Matt Dillingham (Project Engineer, and President 2002-3) for having the idea, leading the project and constructing the marker posts, Ed Catmur (Information Officer 2002-3) for surveying and revising the map, members of OUOC for siting the marker posts, Jesus Orienteering Klubb (JOK) for providing funding for the marker posts, and the Curators of the University Parks for granting permission.