CHILDREN have been trying out a new orienteering trail around Durham’s picturesque riverbanks.

Durham Cathedral bosses are installing the course on the woodlands and riverbanks in Durham City in an effort to encourage more people to enjoy the area.

Youngsters from Sedgefield Community College, Parkside Academy in Willington and Durham Johnston School, Durham City, trialled the course today (Friday, May 2), with help from members of Durham University’s Orienteering Club.

Ahead of the event, Pam Stewart, from the cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks team, said: “Over 30 students will be taking part in the trial, which we’re offering them for free in return for their feedback on the course, which will help us develop it further.

“We hope that by introducing new infrastructure on the riverbanks, more people will be encouraged to make use of the space for leisure and relaxation.”

A permanent course will be set up soon.