With the agreement of Carlisle City Council Border Liners have developed a permanent orienteering course at Rickerby Park in Carlisle. The park was opened in 1932 as a memorial to the fallen of the Great War of 1914-1918. Set within a meander of the River Eden the parkland is predominantly grass with scattered copses of trees.
30 control points have been placed in the park. We have proposed 3 courses which increase gradually in length and technical difficulty, with a short course of 1.4 km, a medium course of 2.4km, and a long course of 3.5 km. You can start a course and do as many or as few of the controls as you wish. Each of the courses are different and between them still do not visit all the controls so there is plenty of opportunity to explore further by making up your own route between controls. An information pack containing information and maps of the permanent course is available to download free from British Orienteering’s GO Orienteering portal.
The car park is located at grid reference NY410570. The nearest postcode is CA3 9AD although What3words provides a more accurate location: ///flank.bland.voted. Access to the road along the North of Rickerby Park is from Brampton Road, B6264.
For those having tackled a course at Rickerby you may have made a note of the codes at the controls you visited. If you would like to check your codes we have prepared a solutions sheet (see download link below). If you would like to offer feedback on the course you can do so by sending an email to email@example.com.
The orienteering map of Rickerby Park is GPS-ready, allowing Border Liners to develop virtual orienteering courses using a smart phone app (MapRun6) to check your orienteering speed and accuracy. There will be more on “Virtual Orienteering” on our website soon including how to access VOCs for Rickerby Park.
Further information on Rickerby can be found from the Friends of Rickerby Park.
Why not try orienteering again? There are other permanent courses nearby, eg Talkin Tarn. Alternatively, consider attending a real event. Border Liners hold events most months, many of which readily welcome newcomers. Check out our events page for what’s coming up.