Trail Orienteering (Trail O)
Trail O is a different kind of Orienteering, more reliant on
accurate map reading skills than physical ability. The Trail O
course is around Lower Strinesdale's easy-access path - a level
and well surfaced route suitable for all abilities.
Objectives of Trail-O
As you travel around the easy-access path there are posts marked
with a blue number, numbered 1 - 10, which are known as viewing
points. From each viewing point you will see three posts with red
and white orienteering symbols near their tops. You have to
decide which one of these three posts corresponds to the centre
of the circle marked on the map.
You can have as much physical help as you want, to complete the
course, but you must make your own decision at each viewing
point. This applies also to Trail O competitions.
- Study the map and with the help of the legend (key) work out
what the symbols represent. e.g. is a symbol for
- The Trail-0 course is marked on the map by numbered circles.
These represent control sites, which are viewed from the viewing
points. They should be visited in numbered order.
- At each viewing point the blue numbered post points in the
direction of the three red and white orienteering posts. There is
no need to leave the path.
- At the viewing point you must choose the one of the three
orienteering posts that corresponds most closely to the centre of
the circle on the map. Only one post is correct. Precise map
reading using all the available information is essential as the
posts are sometimes close together.
- Having decided which of the three posts is at the feature in
the middle of the map circle, you must next decide whether it is
A, B or C. This can easily be done as Post A is always the
furthest to the left of the three, Post B is in the middle and
Post C is the furthest to the right, as you look at them from the
- To record your answer mark the appropriate box on the bottom
right hand side of the map. e.g If at control 2 you decide the
answer is B you mark box B, and your control card will look like
- When you have completed the course of 10 controls return to
the Strinesdale Centre to have your answers checked by a member
of the Oldham Countryside Service.
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