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First Step for Orienteering at Clitheroe Castle

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s sports development officer Peter Fletcher
Ribble Valley Borough Council’s sports development officer Peter Fletcher
Published Thursday, 20 November 2014

An orienteering course looks set to be up and running at Clitheroe Castle in the New Year.

Orienteering, the outdoor adventure sport that exercises the mind and body, is gaining popularity across the UK.

The aim is to navigate in sequence between points marked on a map. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course at your own pace.

The Clitheroe Castle course will have several routes ranging from easy with seven points to difficult with 16 points, including a route that is fully accessible with eight points.

The course covers the whole of the castle grounds and takes in many well-known features and some that are not so well-known.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s sports development officer, Peter Fletcher, said: “Orienteering is a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills, or for anyone who loves the outdoors.

“It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, families, the elderly and those with restricted mobility, and anyone who wants to get more active, as well as groups and team-building.

“The castle grounds and parkland are rich and varied, and a fantastic venue for orienteering.”

Work is underway to install control points and the course is on track to be up and running in the New Year.

Maps costing £2 will be available from the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices, Visitor Information Centre and Ribblesdale Pool, all in Clitheroe, over the coming months. Further details are available from Peter Fletcher on 01200 414435.

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