Westmeath Sports Partnership is delighted to confirm that it can now offer fully inclusive opportunities to take part in orienteering in the county through ‘photo orienteering’.
Thanks to support from Orienteering Ireland, three areas which already provide the chance to test your map reading skills, have now been developed as ‘photo orienteering’ areas, which means they are fully inclusive for people of all ages and abilities.
This type of orienteering is especially helpful for anyone who may struggle with reading maps, and/or for children and adults with additional needs who want to enjoy orienteering in a fun and inclusive way.
It really is as simple as it sounds:
- Participants are given a map of an area and rather than control points or flags to punch through, they are instructed to look out for features in the landscape, or buildings in which to identify.
- The objective is to find the features in the photos, and then match them with the locations on the map.
- Just like traditional orienteering, those taking part start at the triangle on the map and follow the controls in order.
The maps and easy to follow instructions for all three areas are available to download below.
Mullingar Town Park
Athlone Regional Sports Centre
Dún na Sí
These three areas of Co. Westmeath which now offer photo orienteering also compliment the more traditional orienteering courses which are also available in Mullingar, Athlone, Dún na Sí and Burgess Park.
You can find details of maps and how to use Map Run 6 here
For further information about orienteering in Westmeath, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Please note that Orienteering is an adventure sport that may involve crossing rough and uneven terrain, tracks and paths. Please wear appropriate footwear. Westmeath County Council do not accept responsibility for any injuries.