Outdoor City

Bristol is a great city for orienteering, running and being a student. It's a large enough place that there are lots of things going on, but not so big that you can't escape. Infact, in about ten minutes running you could be across the Avon Gorge and out of the city, or even in the Gorge itself tackling some testing trails. At the same time, The Downs, lying between Stoke Bishop and Redland, is a massive flat parkland perfect for easy evening runs.

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Leigh Woods, Ashton Court and Blaise Castle are a staple part of orienteering in Bristol with their easy access and variety of terrains. Stretching from the edge of the city to the Mendips to the south there are lots of areas mapped by Bristol Orienteering Klub.


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Bristol sits just across the Severn Estuary from South Wales and its classic sand-dune and moorland areas. There are good train links to the Black Mountain and Brecon Beacons for fell races and long runs. Heading the other way, Oxford and the Army areas near London are easily accessible along the M4. The New Forest is another regular destination.

There as been an increase in the number of mapped urban areas within the city over the last 5 years with former UBOC member Duncan Birtwistle mapping the Center and University which have been used at the BOK Blast.

Bristol Orienteering Klub has a good scene of keen juniors and seniors and has had members competing at the Junior World Champs and Junior European Cup in the past couple of years. Joining BOK may allow a competitive runs at the British Relays, JK Trophy, Harvester and Jukola in Finland.

The University of Bristol Cross Country Club trains two or three times a week with Bristol and West AC which is one of the strongest clubs in the country.

If you want to know more about orienteering with UBOC in Bristol get in touch with Megan Carter-Davies on facebook or email orienteering.bristol@gmail.com.