Maps available from
You can download a map and instructions from British Orienteering.
There are three permanent orienteering courses at Lakeside Country Park, designed for different levels of skill and experience.
- Course 1 - Trail. 20 - 25 minutes, 1km This course is suitable for wheelchairs and off-road buggies. It is all on gravel paths with the only decisions being which path to take next.
- Course 2 - Easy. 25 - 30 minutes, 1.7km Ideal if you are trying orienteering for the first time or have tried it at school. Controls are on or very close to paths.
- Course 3 - Improver. 35 - 40 minutes, 2.3km For those who have tried orienteering before and want to improve their skills. Controls are mostly just off the beaten track and shortcuts may be possible. Familiarity with orienteering maps and simple compass work can help.
Updated in 2017. The scale is large so there is a lot of detail that you wouldn't see on a regular Ordnance Survey map.
You can download the free MapRun app to record your run and appear in the results. In MapRun, there is an additional course to see how quickly you can visit all of the controls in any order. Once installed, the courses can be found under UK > Southampton > Permanent Courses > Lakeside Country Park. Or, if you're browsing this on a phone with the MapRun app installed, use the following links: Trail | Easy | Improver | All Controls.
Note: due to the proximity of one of the controls to the start/finish you may find that, once you start the course, the app immediately registers the control and then the finish. If this happens, make sure that you select 'Continue' rather than 'Finish'!