Northern Navigators use Chopwell Wood for orienteering and their map is free to download for Friends of Chopwell Wood members – just make sure you’re signed in and click the button below.

Chopwell Wood Orienteering Map

Happy orienteering!  Not a member – then you can purchase paper copies of the map for £1 each plus postage via the address below.

Also in Chopwell Wood, as part of the Active Forests Programme – Xplorer Orienteering for families.  Xplorer is a family friendly fun navigation challenge that is educational and gives children a sense of adventure as they explore to find the markers.  At each marker, children need to identify what is pictured and enjoy learning a fun fact to tell their friends.  Answers are at the bottom of this page.

FREE Map for Challenge 1
click here to download map 1
15 markers – Transport

FREE Map for Challenge 2
click here to download map 2
10 markers – Sport

Challenge 3 – Triangle Loop (near Chopwell village)
This was set up in July and sadly the markers were vandalised or stolen within a few days.  It is hoped to replace the markers and try again.  Map will be here when this is done.

Markers for Xplorer are changed throughout the year.  So far Challenge 1 has seen Safari animals, Christmas Characters, Dinosaurs, and Native Wildlife.  Challenge 2 has had Trees and Caring for the Environment.  Now download the new maps installed above, as some marker locations have been changed and the markers now show Transport for Challenge 1, and Sport for Challenge 2.

Both courses start and finish at the main car park. 

Answers here  –  no cheating – wait to check after you try the trails:
Challenge 1 – Transport requires no answers.

These are the answers for the former trail – Native Wildlife
1 – Badger;  2 – Fox;  3 – Butterfly;  4 – Squirrel;  5 – Ladybird;  6 – Hedgehog;  7 – Deer;  8 – Owl;  9 – Frog;  10 – Bat;  11 – Spider;  12 – Ant;  13 – Mole;  14 – Snail;  15 – Bee.

Challenge 2 – Sport
1 – C: Bow & Arrow;  2 – A: 7;  3 – C: 28;  4 – C: 11;  5 – A: 250m;  6 – C: Floor & Vault;  7 – B: White;  8 – A: Ping Pong;  9 – C: Racing;  10 – A: Knots.

These are the answers for the former trail – Caring for the Environment
1 – A. 14 million;  2 – A. 200 kg;  3 – C. 9.1 billion bottles;  4 – A. 600;  5 – C. 3 hours;  6 – A. Reuse Reuse Recycle;  7 – A. Nuclear Power;  8 – C. Have a quick 1 minute shower;  9 – C. Electric;  10 – Care about the world every day.