A distinct linear feature is an obvious feature that is much longer in one direction than in another (i.e. is linear) and that you can relatively easily follow or can find when crossing it.
Some examples are as follows:
Note that not all linear features are distinct:
Orienteers should know and understand the definition of a distinct linear feature and be able to give some examples. They don't need to know less distinct linear features or actually be able to recognize any of them (that's a different skill).
The following links point to resources that have been collected and are relevant to this skill (?).
Description of / instructions for a simple 'handrails course' exercise complete with warm up activity to teach the concept of handrails at Orienteering.ca.