Launch of new permanent course
Representatives from local youth groups gathered on Kinnoull Hill in Perth on 28 January to try their hand at orienteering. This was the final stage in a joint project between Tay Landscape Partnership and local orienteering club Tayside Orienteers.
Those taking part were the first to orienteer on the newly refurbished Permanent Orienteering Course on Kinnoull – a facility which allows local people and groups to have a go at orienteering in their own time and which is hoped will encourage more people to explore the area in a new way and gain increased confidence in their navigation skills. The project has seen the production of a new orienteering map of the area.
The Permanent Orienteering Course consists of “controls” - special markers located around the forest which can be found by following a choice of routes on maps that can be downloaded free of charge or purchased for a small fee from Perth shops. The redesign of the course takes into account recent advances in technology and incorporates Q-codes that can be scanned by those with Smartphones so that they can upload their results to a website and compare them against those of others who have logged their course. The “start” and “finish” points and the new map and Q-codes are located on the Forestry Commission Scotland shed near the Jubilee car park.
Ruth Bowbeer, Learning & Interpretation Project Officer with Tay Landscape Partnership said:- “Collaborating with Tayside Orienteers on this exciting project has enabled the club to upgrade the course facilities which are open for people of all ages and abilities to use, at the same time they will enjoy the beautiful setting at Kinnoull Hill. In training youth leaders to take young people out orienteering these young people will learn new skills and in turn also be exploring the local landscape with purpose, this marries well with Tay Landscape Partnership’s objectives.”
This course continues to be a popular venue for national and regional competitions, league events and training activities. Last November Tayside Orienteers’ celebrated their 30th anniversary attracting over 160 orienteers from the local area and beyond, gaining very positive feedback on the quality of the new map.
Elaine Gillies/Mel Nicoll of Tayside Orienteers said:- “We’re delighted to have worked with Tay Landscape Partnership on this project and to have helped to introduce more people to orienteering. It’s a great sport for all. As a recreational activity, it doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run or walk at your own pace as well as choose a course of a suitable technical level relative to your experience. We hope that people who have tried the Permanent Course will want to carry on orienteering and we look forward to welcoming them to the club.”
Pictures credit George Logan Scottish Photography/Tay LP
About the Tay Landscape Partnership
The Tay Landscape Partnership is in the final month of a 4 year project during which it has celebrated the landscapes of where the Rivers Tay and Earn meet. Tay Landscape Partnership has offered exciting opportunities for people to be involved in local projects which put the Tay on the map, whilst providing fun days out meeting new people and learning new skills and knowledge about the local area. The Tay Landscape stretches from Newburgh on the south side of the Tay Estuary around to Perth and along the Carse to Dundee. The project, a £2.6 million initiative has been principally funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, comprising 29 individual projects on a range of themes.
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