Orienteering in the park

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FIND out what orienteering is all about with a special event to be staged in Matlock’s Hall Leys Park on Saturday.

Derbyshire Dales District Council and Matlock Town Council are working in partnership with British Orienteering and locally-based Derwent Valley Orienteers to develop a club night in Matlock.

To help promote the club and to give people a chance to learn more about the sport, there will be a Try Orienteering event on Saturday from 11am until 3pm that will provide everything you need to have a go at orienteering, whether you are a complete novice or have already tried the sport. This is one of the many events to celebrate the park’s 100th birthday.

Age is no limit. A specially designed course has been set up in Hall Leys Park, providing a safe environment for everyone to take part and there is a real emphasis on getting families and young people involved. For the more adventurous, there will be courses taking you out to Pic Tor.

British Orienteering articipation manager Steve Vernon said: “The orienteering event in Hall Leys Park will kickstart a new orienteering club in Matlock. Details about the club will be available shortly on www.dvo.org.uk.

“The event is being organised by Derwent Valley Orienteers, who are setting up the new hub club – Matlock Community Orienteering Club – with the help of Sport England’s Community Investment Fund. It is hoped that people will enjoy the event and then join in with the weekly club.”

If you can’t make it this time, there will be another opportunity to take part on June 16, also in Hall Leys Park.