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Orienteering

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    Play to your own speed with this self led activity. Perfect for beginners.

    How does it work?

    Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport combining navigation, skill, and concentration. Our team will give you a briefing before leaving you to complete the course by yourself. Ask our team if you are interested in an advanced course.

    If you're feeling competitive, complete the course as quickly as possible and race against your family or friends. Or, take your time and enjoy exploring our land as you complete the course.

    Who is it suitable for?

    Orienteering is suitable for anyone over six years. Younger children are welcome to take part and will enjoy exploring the land but they do not need to pay. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.

    Walking shoes, boots or wellies are recommended. Flip flops, Crocs, sandals or open toe footwear is not suitable. The course is not suitable for pushchairs. Our Orienteering Course winds through beautiful woodland and over hill top farmland. Our course is on fairly rugged land and is a walk or run of a couple of kilometers including stiles and some steep tracks.

    How long does it take?

    It takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes.

    FAQ's

    As an outdoor activity centre, we go ahead whatever the weather! The only exception to this rule is lightning directly overhead, which we monitor very closely and rarely stops play for more than a few minutes. 


    Make sure you bring a change of clothes if it's raining, wrap up warm if it's windy, and drink plenty of fluids if it's hot. Make an adventure of it!

    Yes! You may use your voucher on the activity that it is valid for.  Don't forget to enter both the Security Code and the Voucher Code.


    Alternatively, all vouchers can be used for the value paid for them against any of our activities.

    We will need a completed copy of our medical declaration. Where possible please print it out and bring it with you. We will have copies available on site.

    Well behaved dogs are welcome to join you onsite however unfortunately, they can't join you on any of our activity sessions other than frisbee golf. 


    If you are bringing a dog with you, one of your party will have to not take part in the activity session to stay with the dog.


    Yes! We deliver a wide range of outdoor education and outdoor adventure sessions to schools and private groups. We'd love to work with you and help your group to achieve their goals.


    If you are enquiring for an educational or school group, please take a look at our dedicated webpage: https://www.mendip.co.uk/education


    If you are enquiring for an organised youth group, please click here: https://www.mendip.co.uk/youthgroups

    The majority of our activities are suitable for a Stag or Hen group, yes! If you find an activity on a time and date that suits you, you are able to book for an exclusive group which means it will just be your group with the instructor. Please pop a note in the notes box to let us know if it's a stag or hen do.


    If your group is larger than our group sizes or if you are looking for a more bespoke package, check out our Stag and Hen webpage here - www.mendip.co.uk/stagandhen

    General FAQ's

    Tobogganing: Ages 4+ (Over 12s can take part in exclusive bookings)

    Skiing: Ages 5+(Under 8s must book Minis sessions)

    Snowboarding: Ages 8+ (with at least size 2 feet and 1.2m tall)

    Frisbee Golf & Orienteering: No age restriction. Under 6's play for free


    Outdoor activity sessions are run in two different ways.

    Individual spaces: Ages 8+

    If you are booking individual spaces on an activity session, the minimum age for most activities is 8. 


    Exclusive sessions: Ages 6+

    If you book the session exclusively, we can relax our age restriction to include children aged 6 or 7. At least one adult must take part and be included in the group if there is anyone taking part is under the age of 8.  

    As an outdoor activity centre, we go ahead whatever the weather! The only exception to this rule is lightning directly overhead, which we monitor very closely and rarely stops play for more than a few minutes. 


    Make sure you bring a change of clothes if it's raining, wrap up warm if it's windy, and drink plenty of fluids if it's hot. Make an adventure of it!

    Yes! All of our activity sites have plenty of parking onsite; parking is free of charge.


    We strongly encourage car sharing and sustainable forms of travel. Read more here.

    At Mendip Activity Centre, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to challenge themselves and undertake adventurous activities.


    If you think you'll need additional support during your experience with us, it’s important that you let us know prior to booking an activity.  All our activities have varying degrees of physical and mental challenge to them and some require a small level of fitness. All our instructors hold first aid qualifications but are not always qualified to assess the capacity of participants who may require additional support


    Venues:

    Our main centre is lift-accessible. The paths leading to our onsite activities can be fairly muddy and uneven. Pushchairs/wheelchairs/mobility scooters may struggle depending on what part of the site they are trying to access. 


    We'd strongly recommend reading our full accessibility statement here: www.mendip.co.uk/accessibility

    You will receive a confirmation email from us once your booking has been made. Sometimes this email can end up in your junk folder, so please check there first if you can't find it. 


    If you can't find a confirmation email, your online booking may not have been fully completed - please check whether the session you were trying to book is still available online. If it is, please try to make the booking again. If it's not, please contact us so that we can check what's happened.

    Mendip Activity Centre, Mendip Lodge and Mendip Basecamp are all cashless. 


    We accept all major credit and debit cards.


    Yes!

    Mendip Activity Centre has a proud history of providing outdoor education and adventure opportunities to schools.

    We believe that school residentials provide young people with unrivalled opportunities and educational experiences gained through adventure. We will help design a week that fits your group's goals, desires and aims.


    For full information on our year-round residential options, please visit our residential website by clicking here.


    Alternatively, you can email info@mendip.co.uk with your enquiry.

    Yes! Whatever your size, scale or budget, we offer bespoke team away days. 

    Take a look here for more info -https://www.mendip.co.uk/corporate 

    Yes! Most of our activities are perfect for groups and parties.


    You can book all our sessions for an exclusive group session, just for you and your friends. You can also book the toboggan slope privately just for your group. If you can't see a private group option, it means an individual has already booked onto the session.


    We don't offer a pre-booked party food package; however, our cafe, the Alpine Lounge, has recently been refurbished and has plenty of space in the new large function room and existing balcony. There's no need to reserve a table, we'll have plenty of space for you on arrival.


    The Alpine Lounge serves pizzas, paninis and fries- perfect party food for post-activity fuel! We don't take pre-orders in advance but you are welcome to pre-order on arrival to the activity centre. 


    Our public opening times are kept up to date here: 

    https://www.mendip.co.uk/about-mendip


    If in doubt, all activities can be booked in advance at mendip.me/book 


    We are open to private education groups, corporate groups, youth groups outside of these times.
    Education enquiries here: www.mendip.co.uk/education

    Corporate enquiries here: www.mendip.co.uk/corporate

    Youth group enquiries here: www.mendip.co.uk/youthgroups






    Tobogganing

    Tobogganing is a very popular activity and, especially during peak times, we have very little flexibility in being able to push your start time back. Where possible, we will get you onto the toboggan slope as soon as possible once you arrive. We will try to be as accommodating as possible and if there is availability later in the day, we will move your session to a later start time however please be aware that this is not always possible. 


    Frisbee golf or recreational snowsports

    We are likely to be able to change your start time at arrival as long as it is within our opening hours and on the same day.


    Private session
    We will start whenever you arrive but we are unlikely to be able to overrun.


    Individual spaces on a session

    We will do our best to fit you into the session at a point that does not disrupt it too much for other participants. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we're sorry but it is very unlikely we will be able to fit you into the session due to missing the safety and equipment briefing and kit up.


    Let us know you cannot make your session, or request an amendment: 

    Please email hello@mendip.co.uk



    Our cancellation and amendment terms can be viewed here: https://www.mendip.co.uk/termsandconditions

    Yes, the Alpine Lounge is open the majority of the time we have activities scheduled!


    Check out our website https://www.alpinelounge.co.uk/ for the current opening times and to view the menu.


    We do no accept bookings for the cafe, it is walk in only. There is plenty of space so you will not struggle to find somewhere to sit.


    Well behaved dogs are welcome to join you onsite including in our cafe, the Alpine Lounge.


    However, unfortunately, they can't join you on any of our activity sessions other than frisbee golf. If you are bringing a dog with you, one of your party will have to not take part in the activity session to stay with the dog.