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Gruffalo orienteering course

Have a forest adventure on a Gruffalo orienteering course near you.

What is orienteering?

Orienteering is a fun navigational challenge and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making. Participants must use a map to find a series of points as efficiently and quickly as possible. For more information about orienteering visit British Orienteering.

Try Gruffalo orienteering

Kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers. Once they've found each marker they need to answer the question related to the marker in their Gruffalo orienteering leaflet.

Children can choose to run or walk the course and can time themselves against the clock if they want to increase the challenge.

Gruffalo orienteering leaflet and mapThe course is suitable for children up to eight years old. Before you begin the course, pick up a Gruffalo orienteering leaflet with certificate and a course map is available to buy from the forest for £1.50.

Find a course near you

Dalby Forest Yorkshire
Delamere Forest Cheshire,
Cannock Chase Staffordshire,
Sherwood Pines Nottinghamshire,
Hamsterley Forest County Durham,
Thetford, Norfolk
Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire
Top Lodge Fineshade Wood, Northamptonshire
Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria

Note: This is a themed orienteering trail and therefore there will not be additional Gruffalo characters along the way. It consists entirely of simple orienteering makers with Gruffalo images and activities on each.


Win a Gruffalo goodie bag!

Fancy a Gruffalo goodie bag? Inside you'll find a Gruffalo soft toy, Gruffalo Activity Book, Gruffalo board game and an annual *Discovery Pass for the winners chosen participating forest. Click here for your chance to win!

Other activities

If you've enjoyed the Gruffalo orienteering course, find out more about other sports and activities in the forest.

We've also got a whole host of other Gruffalo activities and resources for you to enjoy!

Information for school groups

The trail has been designed to link to the following areas of the curriculum:

EYFS links:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development
• understanding the world

Key stage 1 and 2 curriculum links:
• Geographical skills – using compass directions and locational and directional language; using fieldwork to observe human and physical features
• PE – outdoor and adventurous activity challenges
• Science –living things and their habitats
• English – reading and comprehension

Please contact your local site to find out more.

Last updated: 5th September 2018

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