DUE TO STORM DAMAGE THE MAIN ORIENTEERING ROUTE IS CLOSED TEMPORARILY.  XPLORER TRAILS ARE OPEN.

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 – Mythical Creatures

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

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, and again when set up a second time.  A third attempt has now been made to try again.  Map will be here soon if it remains!

Markers for Xplorer are changed throughout the year.  So far Challenge 1 has seen Safari animals, Christmas Characters, Dinosaurs, Native Wildlife and Transport.  Challenge 2 has had Trees, Caring for the Environment and Sport.  Now download the new maps installed above, as some marker locations have been changed and the markers now show Mythical Creatures for Challenge 1, and Vegetables 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 – 
Challenge 2 –
Challenge 3 – Transport – requires no answers

These are the answers for the former trails – 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.

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.

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.