Virtual Orienteering Courses (VOCs)

BOK have launched virtual orienteering using mobile phone technology called UsynligO.

BOK UsynligO

This section outlines how you can access our Virtual Orienteering Courses and:

We have provided initially a mix of Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) and a few new mapped areas for members to try, and also have a range of courses to your individual tastes (from white to black standard line courses, and also score courses).

How do I access the courses?

Our courses are available on the UsynligO website (and include the locations in the table at the bottom of this page).  The UsynligO website holds high quality printable PDF maps of all of these courses - so if you just fancy running a course without using your smartphone this is still possible.

It is our intention to publish a new course each week over the coming months - so keep an eye out for new maps and courses as they arrive!

For those of you that want to use the Virtual Orienteering app to time yourselves - there is the facility to compare your times against others - so we will be looking to see how members get on and will look forwarding to hearing of your exploits in our facebook chat group - we will also possibly share the best stories in our email newsletter!

Is it OK to orienteering during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Please remember to stay safe when undertaking any type of orienteering - and to stay within the governments guidelines on social distancing - these courses are provided as an opportunity for us to individually (or in families) enjoy a small bit of our sport again.

We hope that you enjoy the ability to use these maps, but please be mindful of your own health and others, we ask that you will:

  • heed the current government restrictions for example if you have a pre-existing medical condition
  • keep yourself safe, but also be aware and keep any members of the general public safe, so hand washing is important and do consider this as technical training not a race - always give people you encounter 2m of space - if you need to divert or stop and wait, please do so
  • support the governments efforts to manage the infection. Consider any journey carefully, avoid public transport and don't undertake excessive travel

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Locations and types of course available

We have uploaded both Forest and Urban courses, with suitability for all levels of orienteer.

The tables show:

  • if the course is at one of our Permanent Course locations and uses the physical control posts
  • if the course is permanent or if it was published in a particular month
  • which courses are available - using colour coding of courses to highlight difficulty
  • any notes about the specific location that are useful before running

Forest Courses

Location Permanent real world controls (POCs) Date published Courses available Notes
West Bristol
Ashton Court Yes Permanent Score Difficulty of course depends on number of controls collected in score format.
Ashton Court Yes May 2020

Yellow Yellow

Light Green Light Green

Blue Blue

Beginner and family friendly.

*Features as part of Junior Summer Series 2020- Event 2.

Ashton Court No July 2020

White White

Yellow Yellow

Green 3 x Training Courses

Beginner and family friendly.
Blaise Castle Yes Permanent Score Difficulty of course depends on number of controls collected in score format.
Blaise Castle Yes May 2020

Yellow Yellow

Light Green Light Green

Blue Blue

Beginner and family friendly.

*Features as part of Junior Summer Series 2020- Event 5.

Durdham Downs No May 2020

Yellow Yellow

Orange Orange

Green Green

Orange and Green courses cross roads, therefore are only suitable for children under supervision. 

*Features as part of Junior Summer Series 2020- Event 7.

East Bristol
Warmley Forest Park Yes Permanent Score Difficulty of course depends on number of controls collected in score format.
Warmley Forest Park Yes May 2020

White White

Yellow Yellow

Orange Short Orange

Light Green Light Green

Green Short Green

Beginner and family friendly.
Bickley Woods Hanham No June 2020

Yellow Yellow

Orange Orange

Light Green Light Green

Green Green

Blue Blue

This is a very technical area with steep slopes and crags in places, full leg cover and orienteering shoes are recommended. The fields in the top north west of the map are agricultural land, and MUST NOT be crossed, the paths around the outside must be used instead. Children are recommended to be accompanied due to the nature of the terrain.
Overscourt Wood Siston No June 2020

Yellow Yellow

Orange Orange

Light Green Light Green

Green Green

Blue Blue

Brown Brown

Black Black

Full leg cover recommended.
South Bristol
Burrington Ham Yes Permanent Score

Difficulty of course depends on number of controls collected in score format.

The GPS accuracy of this map is lower than usual, so as a temporary fix we have added Blue circles to show where the UsynligO app is likely to beep!  Not recommended as your first try for UsynligO as the experience may be frustrating!

Stockhill No June 2020

White White

Yellow Yellow

Orange Orange

Light Green Light Green

Green Short Green

Green Green

Blue Blue

Brown Brown

This is a very technical area. There is no mobile phone signal for most phones in Stockhill, therefore it is recommended that you select the course that you want to run in the app prior to leaving home. Full leg cover and orienteering shoes are recommended.

 

Urban Courses

Location Permanent real world controls (POCs) Date published  Courses available Notes
West Bristol
Redland South No June 2020

Yellow Short Micro Sprint

Light Green Medium

Green Long

Medium and Long Courses cross roads, therefore are only suitable for children under supervision.

*Features as part of Junior Summer Series 2020- Event 1.

North Bristol
Dursley No June 2020

Green Medium

Blue Long

Blue Score

All courses cross roads, therefore are only suitable for children under supervision.  Difficulty of course depends on number of controls collected in score format.
Yate North No June 2020

 Yellow Short Micro Sprint

Light Green Short

Blue Medium

Brown Long

Micro-sprint course suitable for beginners as it has no road crossings. All other courses cross roads, therefore are only suitable for children under adult supervision. Long course is circa 10km optimum route.

*Features as part of Junior Summer Series 2020- Event 6.

East Bristol
Warmley No May 2020

Light Green Short Urban

Blue Long Urban

All courses cross roads, therefore are only suitable for children under supervision. 

*Features as part of Junior Summer Series 2020- Event 4.

Willsbridge No May 2020 Blue Score Difficulty of course depends on number of controls collected in score format.
Oldland No May 2020

Light Green Short Urban

Blue Long Urban

All courses cross roads, therefore are only suitable for children under supervision. 
Oldland Common No June 2020

Light Green Short Urban

Blue Long Urban

All courses cross roads, therefore are only suitable for children under supervision. 

 


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