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Shiplake Orienteering Group


What's it all about?

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. In competitive orienteering the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route.

As a recreational activity, it doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run or walk making progress at your own pace on the courses planned to suit you.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Gareth Jones on 07711 898081 or by e-mail.

Dates for your diary

Date Event Location
Wednesday 1 Apr Local Event Cancelled

All events, including those held under the auspices of British Orienteering, are cancelled until further notice.

For further information on any of the above events please contact Gareth Jones on 07711 898081 or by e-mail.

Need some gentle exercise? Give Orienteering a go this year.


Mix a gentle walk in beautiful surroundings with a bit of mental exercise.

Shiplake Orienteers meet on the first Wednesday afternoon of every month for a ~1 hour orienteering exercise at one of the many public parks in Oxfordshire, Berks and Bucks. No special skills are required and there's no racing around in lycra! It's just a pleasant way to spend an afternoon and there's generally time for a coffee and a natter afterwards.

If you can't make a weekday, or are interested in more challenging events then there's an opportunity this Saturday to take part in an activity at Christmas Common, organised by the Thames Valley Orienteering Club. You can find details of the event here. You don't have to be a club member to participate. If you haven't been to one of these events before then contact orienteering@shiplakevillages.com or ring 07711 898081 for details and we'll arrange to 'show you the ropes'.

Article created / last edited: 23 April 2019

Village Orienteering event 28 October

After last year's fun event round the streets of Lower Shiplake this year's event explored the countryside around the Shiplake Memorial Hall. As last year, the event was targeted at families and casual orienteers rather then the serious Lycra brigade!

Two courses were available - the "Lollipop trail" - a simple and easily accessible one for younger families and the "Challenge course" for the more adventurous. A hidden cache of lollipops en route gave the youngsters a welcome sugar boost!

Thank you to all who came to this event and for all your very positive feedback. 12 Family groups took part and all completed the courses successfully. Three groups scored 380 points out of 400 in the Challenge course. They were:

  • Team Turner
  • In the Map
  • Lightning Strikes.

All failed to find just one marker - no 25. We checked afterwards and we couldn't find it either so you can deem yourselves to have fully completed the course and got top marks!

Our thanks also to the landowners, who gave their permission for us to use some of the smaller paths within the woods (these are not for public use - in order to protect wildlife).

Gareth Jones

Article created / last edited: 13 November 2018

Lower Shiplake Orienteering Challenge 12 November

  • On the hunt!
  • The High Hunters (Shah Family)
  • Family Winners:  the Awesome Askins
  • Organisers and competitors at the finish line

The rain cleared and the sun came out for a lovely, if rather bitter, autumn afternoon. The Orienteering Challenge was well attended, with more than 40 people competing in 17 teams covering all ages. 

Thank you to all who came to support the event and particularly to Angela Jones and Louise Webb for managing registration and Kevin Hannah for use of the Baskerville garden.

This is the last Shiplake event for 2017 but watch this page for details of other events and future Shiplake events.

Article created / last edited: 13 November 2017

County Orienteering Event 25th October

Four of the Shiplake group (Pam Hudgell, Gareth & Angela Jones and Louise Webb) took part in the first county-wide orienteering event set up by the GoActive Gold team at the Earth Trust Centre, Wittenham.

Article created / last edited: 19 September 2019