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Orienteering Club

Typical NSL Controls

What are you looking for?

The control sites will mostly be items of street furniture e.g. telegraph posts, hydrants, green boxes, post boxes, lampposts etc.

  • The dot in the middle of the control circle tells you exactly where to look
  • The examples of typical questions and answers tell you exactly what to look for, and what to write down
  • The number of dashes on the answer sheet tells you how many digits / letters are expected

22nd Oct 21


Number of metal or concrete posts. Usually between 1 and 6.

Question: Bollards No? _

Answer: 3


Green Box

Come in various sizes, usually about 3ft high with some sort of number painted on the ends or front


Question: GB 55306/4 _ _

Answer: 06



Always black on yellow. Two numbers within the spaces of the H.

Sometimes mounted on a wall, GB, LP or TP

Question: H 4 / _

Answer: 3


Lamp Post

Number is usually painted, or on a label around head height


Question:  LP  _ _

Answer:  38


Orienteering Post

Permanent Orienteering Course post showing letter and symbol.

Question:  OP  _

Answer:  D

PO box (or PB)


Red metal with a white information plate, with collection times and unique identifier in very small print at the bottom


Question:  PO Box SK7 3 _ _ _

Answer:  18D


Substation ( or Pumping Station PS)

Usually have a white information plate with unique name and number


Question: SS Wybersley Road 3334 _ _

Answer:   31


Telegraph Post

Usually wooden, sometimes metal. Number is usually on white plastic discs a bit above head height.

Question:   TP  5 _ _

Answer:     58

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