COMPASSES and maps will be at the ready when a new orienteering course is officially opened in Salisbury later this month.

A new permanent orienteering course has now been installed at the Avon Valley nature reserve, next to Five Rivers Leisure Centre, thanks to government funding given to Wiltshire Council.

The new course will be officially opened on Saturday, April 28 by the chairman of Sarum Orienteering Club Mark White and Wiltshire Council’s portfolio holder for leisure Jerry Kunkler.

Cllr Kunkler said: “I am delighted that the council has been able to fund an orienteering course which will provide a permanent opportunity for people to enjoy fun and educational outdoor activities.

“Map reading skills are learned and orienteering can be enjoyed either as a competitive sport or merely as a walk around some of the parks and countryside.

“It’s perfect for children, who can run around in a fun, safe, controlled environment and also excellent for adults wanting to shape up, try something new and meet new friends.”

Anyone wanting to take part on the orienteering course can obtain course maps and information leaflets from Five Rivers Leisure Centre.

For more information the council’s sports development officer Karlene Jammeh on 01722 434437, visit or email