Southampton Outside Sports Centre

Grid Reference


Maps available from

The Reception (next to tennis courts)

There are three Permanent Orienteering Courses at The Outdoor Sports Centre, designed for different skill and experience levels. They all start and finish at the same place – outside Reception / Building #1. Times are walking pace, distances are straight line measurements between controls.

COURSE 1, EASY, 25 – 30 minutes, 1.5 Km, map scale 1:5000

(Equivalent to a ‘Yellow’ orienteering event course – beginners and juniors); this is along paths with the only decisions being which path to take next. A compass is not necessary. This course is suitable for wheelchairs and off-road buggies.

COURSE 2, IMPROVER , 35 – 40 mins,  2.4 Km, map scale 1:5000 

(Equivalent to an ‘Orange’ orienteering course event – for competitors who have tried the sport before. Controls are often just off tracks / paths and short cuts can be an advantage); familiarity with Orienteering maps and simple compass work is an advantage. 

COURSE 3, MEDIUM , 45 – 50 minutes,  3.7 Km, scale 1:5000

(Equivalent to a ‘Light Green’ orienteering event course – some experience of maps and compass reading will help); it is possible to find the controls from the paths but more fun to use a simple compass and navigate from one control to next.


The map was updated in 2016 and is a typical modern, waterproof, Orienteering map. The scale is large so there is a lot of detail which you would not see on a regular OS map.