Orienteering is an outdoor sport that involves participants following a course marked on a map and finding their way to a series of checkpoints. It is up to participants to decide which way to go, which is all part of the fun and sets it apart from just a walk or run.
With current guidelines such as social distancing and restrictions on numbers limiting some sports, orienteering is a great way to try a family-friendly adventurous challenge for all ages and abilities.
In partnership with Hull Culture and Leisure, the Humber and Lincolnshire Orienteers (HALO) have set up a number of Permanent Orienteering Courses across four of our parks. You can choose from a short, medium and long route that can be completed on your own, with family or with friends.
Routes can be found at East Park, West Park, Pickering Park and Costello Playing Fields, with links on this page to the maps, recording sheets and the answer sheets that you will need to complete the courses.
These courses are a great way to explore the Parks and can provide hours of fun.
For more information on how to get started with orienteering, see the video below -
Outdoor Table Tennis
The power of playing table tennis goes beyond just the physical benefits of being active – it also has cerebral and emotional benefits attached to it, meaning you can keep your head and your heart healthy!
Hull has a number of outdoor table tennis tables that can be accessed by the public for free. These can be found at
- West Park
- Hull University (on Inglemire Lane at the Allam Sport Centre)
You will need your own paddle and balls to use these facilities.
These table can be accessed at any time however please be mindful of your surroundings and the general public when playing.
Walk Hull is a new walking initiative developed in collaboration between Fitmums & Friends, Hull Culture & Leisure and Hull City Council for West Park. There are seven pink signs situated around the footpaths of the park, simply scan the QR code with your smartphone’s camera to be taken to the Walk Hull webpage. Scan a second code and the website will tell you how far you’ve travelled between the two points and how long it took!
Walk Hull also counts up the total distanced travelled by all users and records milestones for the community.
You can choose your own route and all the signs are situated along the existing pathways so are accessible to all Park users of any age or mobility. Try it friends, family or on your own and get more active.
Located in many of the parks and green spaces across the city are a number of outdoor gyms which include a range of cardiovascular and bodyweight equipment including cross trainers, bikes, bench presses and pull up bars.
This equipment is a great way to improve your physical and mental health by getting active, increasing your fitness and also enjoying the local green spaces around you. The outdoor gyms are free to use and you can access at any time. Instructions on how to use the equipment can be found on the side of each piece of gym equipment.
Your local outdoor gym
You can find outdoor gyms at the following locations:
- Massey Street (outdoor gym currently closed)
- The Waudby Centre (outdoor gym currently closed)
- Ings Road Recreation Ground
- Pickering Park
- Alderman Kneeshaw Recreation Ground
- Barbara Robson Playing Field
- West Park
- Pearson Park
- King George V Playing Fields (off Cottingham Road)
- Shaw Park
- Cropton Road Park
- Liddle Street
- Wymersley Park
- East Park
The videos below give you an introduction to some of the equipment which can be found at our outdoor gyms, including equipment demonstrations, plus some workouts you can try while using the equipment.