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Orienteering: permanent course

Last edited: Wed 17 Nov 2021

This area was such a success in one of our Street Series events that we've brought it back as a permanent course.

A new venture to help people make the most of the outdoors following lockdown.

Priorswood Footpaths

Priorswood Footpaths

  • Orienteering is a workout for body and mind. It gets you out into the fresh air and takes you off the beaten track.
  • Suitable for individuals or families, it is perfect as a socially-distanced activity.

What to Do

  • First off, download the map. See the links below to get the one you want.
  • Next, print it out (or if you don't have a printer, save it onto your 'phone). I'd recommend printing on waterproof paper or putting it into a polypocket.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key - this is an open urban map so focuses on paths and roads.
  • Get to the start. Directions to the parking are below, and once there, the starts are all on the steps to the left of the shops.
  • Run/jog/walk your chosen course.



Courses Available

We have two virtual courses where you are tracked using the GPS on your phone. These are Long and Short. They are both score courses, meaning you have to try to score as many points as possible within 50 minutes.

For Short, you can visit the controls in any order. On the Long course, you have to choose to do either red or blue controls first, swapping when you want (but you can't then swap back).

Get the maps free here

Getting There

Sited in the north east of Taunton, Priorswood is easy to get to. If you know where the O'Bridge is, you're almost there!

Please park in the Coop car park or walk in from elsewhere.

6-8 Priorswood Place, Eastwick Road, Taunton TA2 7JW

Social Distancing

  • Do not go if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands throughly before going out.
  • Park carefully, avoiding getting too close to others.
  • Please leave at least 2m between yourself and others not in your household. Remember that when running, you could be spreading virus further than when standing still, particularly in your wake.
  • If someone is already at a control, wait. You can pause your time if you want.
  • Overtake carefully. Perhaps wait for wide grassed areas instead of trying to do it on a narrow path.
  • Be respectful to other users who may be there for a gentle walk or sit down.
  • Wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards.

Handy cut-through

Handy cut-through




Lots of steps!

Lots of steps!