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Last edited: Tue 6 Feb 2024

Quantock Orienteers is a small friendly orienteering club based around Taunton in Somerset. We have more than 100 members ranging in age from 3 to mid-80s. There are a range of abilities amongst our members, from absolute beginners to former British Champions. Newcomers are always welcome.

We are dedicated to promoting the sport of orienteering and introducing it to as many people as possible.

The club puts on a large number of different events and activities. Our established series of regular local events on the Blackdowns, Quantocks and around Taunton are well attended and highly competitive, while also being suitable for novices. Recent initiatives include evening social runs, Beat the Trail, and our highly successful Junior Orienteering Group which runs during term-times, holding low-key weekly events aimed at juniors and families, but also incorporating adult training exercises.

Somerset orienteering has a great variety of terrains, from urban streets and parks to forest to open moorland.

On a course

On a course


The club exists because of the hard work put in by its members. All club members are encouraged to take a turn at helping; those who help are entitled to a 50% reduction on entry fees. We are always looking for new members of all ages and no one is too young or too old.

Join us

Read more about our chairman and some of our members and you'll find we come in all sorts.

QO 50

QO 50

Club archive

Quantock Orienteers celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2018. We have been the heart of orienteering in Somerset for a long time!

Read about our early days and history.

Anyone who has any recollections from throughout the club's existence is invited to contribute to the memories already collated.


QO is part of the South West Orienteering Association and British Orienteering. We are committed to ensuring our sport is safe and well-governed, and you are free to read through our constitution, policies and codes of conduct.

Remember, you can always contact a member of the committee by email.