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Orienteering Course up and Running at Clitheroe Castle

Family at Clitheroe Castle
ON THE MAP – The Fletcher family of Whalley enjoy the new orienteering course at Clitheroe Castle.
Published Thursday, 02 April 2015

An orienteering course is up and running at Clitheroe Castle.

The course has seven routes ranging from easy with seven points to difficult with 16 points, as well as a route that is fully accessible with eight points.

It covers the whole of the castle grounds, taking in many well-known features and some that are not so well-known.

Orienteering, the outdoor adventure sport that exercises and challenges 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.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s sports development officer, Peter Fletcher, said: “Orienteering is a great sport for all, whether young or old, active or less active, for those who want to improve their navigation skills, or for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors more.

“It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, families, the elderly and those with restricted mobility. It is also an excellent team-building activity, so is ideal for schools, sports clubs, Cubs and Brownies, Scouts and Guides, companies and organisations.

“The castle grounds are rich and varied, and a fantastic venue for orienteering, so this course is a great addition to Ribble Valley’s community sport and leisure offer.”

Maps for the course are available for £2 each, with discounts for 10 or more, from the Clitheroe Castle Museum Shop and Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre in Station Road. 

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