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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 join our leaderbord. 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! We are now able to accept gift vouchers again. You may use your voucher on any instructor led activity that your voucher is valid for. If your voucher was due to expire after 22nd March 2020, we have automatically extended it by 18 months so your codes will still work for an online booking. 

    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! 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. If you do this, once you have checked out, pop a note in the notes box to let us know its a stag or hen do and we'll make sure we're prepared. 


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

    We can certainly arrange this activity for you. If you are booking for an educational/school group, please take a look at our dedicated webpage: https://www.mendip.co.uk/education


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

    General FAQ's

    This ranges depending on the activity...


    Tobogganing is available for ages 4+

    Skiing is available for ages 5+

    Snowboarding is for ages 8+ (but must also have at least a size 2 feet and be 1.2m tall)

    Frisbee Golf does not have an age restriction and under 6's play for free


    Our outdoor activity sessions can be run in two ways, with different minimum ages:


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


    You are also able to book a session privately just for your group. If you book the session exclusively we can relax the 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 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 over the centre, which we monitor very closely. 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!!!

    All of our activity sites have plenty of parking onsite. Parking is free of charge.

    We are very fortunate to be situated in such a stunning location set in the Mendip hills. Unfortunately, this does come with its limitations. We have recently installed a lift in our main centre which allows disabled access to our cafe-bar. 


    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. 


    Please view 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.

    If you've searched through our list of FAQs to see and still can't find the answer, there are a few ways you can get in touch.


    Firstly you could either:

    Click here to "Create a new support ticket" or send an email to hello@mendip.me


    Finally, if you would rather speak with one of our friendly team, you can arrange a phone call by clicking here.

    The Alpine Lounge is open!


    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. 


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


    We accept all major credit and debit cards (excluding American express).

    Yes! We have a bunkhouse right on site that is available year round and, during the Summer months, we have 2 canvas villages onsite also. 


    For full information, pricing and options please see our Education webpage here - https://www.mendip.co.uk/education

    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 we do! To book a Birthday party click here - www.mendip.me/party/ 


    You are able to book any of our onsite activities as a Birthday Party package including use of our party room and food for all participants. 


    You are also able to book any of our activities as an exclusive session just for your group and use this as a birthday party if you are looking for just an activity with no catering option. 


    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 www.mendip.co.uk/familiesandindividuals 


    We are open to private education groups, corporate groups, youth groups outside of this time. 

    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
    Christmas and Twilight tobogganing is sold out so we are unable to rearrange your session outside of your booked times.


    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.me



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

    Yes, well behaved friendly dogs are welcome to visit the Alpine Lounge!