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.

New to 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.

FREE Map for Challenge 1
click here to download map 1

(15 markers – dinosaurs) this is also shown on our Facebook page – 22/6/19 post.

FREE Map for Challenge 2
click here to download map 2
(10 markers – trees) this is also on our Facebook page – 7/8/19 post.

Markers for Xplorer are changed throughout the year.  So far Challenge 1 has seen Safari animals, Christmas characters, and now Dinosaurs – what will be next?

Both courses start and finish at the main car park.  Paper copies of both maps can also be obtained at the Beat n Track cafe at the main entrance to the woodland at Hookergate (near High Spen).

Challenge 2 answers (no cheating – wait to check after you try the trail):
1 Oak – C. 1 in 10,000;  2 Birch – C. Canada;  3 Ash – B. it absorbs shock without splintering;  4 Alder – B. clogs;  5 Scots Pine – B. amber;  6 Rowan – A. protect from witches;  7 Horse Chestnut – B. snail shells;  8 London Plane – A. London Plane;  9 Hazel – B. model aeroplanes;  10 Elder – A. Harry Potter.