Bedfords Park

Havering-Atte-Bower, Essex

Sun 06th Jan 2019

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland

Information updated: 8th Jan



We were expecting about 80-90 people but got over 140. We ran out of BLUE and GREEN maps - thank you to those people who kindly donated their map for recycling. If anyone would like a PDF file of their course please contact Janet Biggs stating which course map you require.

There were a number of favourable comments about the courses and the fine and fairly dry underfoot conditions on the day were a blessing. I deliberately made the Short Green course on the short side and I avoided extra climb for the more mature orienteers. I then made the Light Green on the longer side to give younger people more of a leg-stretch and, as Bedfords Park is at best only a TD4 area, an option of a longer course to that of the Short Green. It looks as though a few people took this option. Any feedback on this strategy would be welcomed. Perhaps the Blue needed to have been a bit longer but that would have meant having a two-part map which is not really welcomed by most people. I hope you felt you got your money's worth.

Thanks go to the band of HAVOC members who made the event happen:

Colin Jackson (Organiser), Janet Biggs (Planner), Dale Bennett (Assistant Planner), Graham Batty (pre-event Controller), Paul Beckett (on the day Controller), Barbara Beckett, Tony Biggs, Gillian Edgar, Guy Lidbury, Charlie Maule-Lidbury, Hugo Maule-Lidbury, Mike Muggeridge, Garry Parmenter, Chris Shaw, Andrew Welsh. 


Janet Biggs 

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 A SWELL (South & West Essex Local league) and ESSOL ( Essex & Suffolk Schools Orienteering League) event.

This is the fourth event of the 2018-19 SWELL season and fifth event in the 2018-19 ESSOL league. The event is open to orienteers of any ability as well as those competing in either or both leagues. By taking part in a SWELL event you automatically qualify for entry into the league.

Standard colour coded courses (White to Blue) will be on offer including a Short Green. 





Location map

Nearest town: Romford

Directions / Parking

Parking is on hardstanding within the park and beside the main access road. Please share transport where possible. Groups intending to enter should advise the organiser in advance to arrange alternative parking.

Car park entrance off Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford RM4 1QH, GR TQ 520 925.

From the Gallows Corner roundabout, A12/A127 junction (about 3 miles west of J29 of M25), turn north (3rd exit) along Straight Road then at the roundabout, continue straight onto Broxhill Road, towards Havering-atte-Bower, entrance to the park is on the left in about 1 mile.  

Other routes: Approach along the B175 towards Havering-atte-Bower. The Park is signposted from the village green, where there is a sharp bend in the B175 road.


The visitor centre within the park has toilets, light refreshments and a gift shop. No mud inside please! A donation to the Essex Wildlife Trust, who manage the visitor centre, will be welcomed; there is a collection tin on the counter. There are good views over London from the visitor centre and there is a deer park with red deer.

Terrain Description

Parkland with pockets of mature woodland, deer park, small fishing lake, open and rough open areas.  Map (1:7500, 5m contours) updated Winter 2018.

Some areas to the south of the area have been fenced to permit animal grazing. However, there are numerous gates some of which may be open, while others are easy opening "kissing gates", however, a few are latched and are more difficult to open. Competitors must not climb over the stock fencing, which does contain barbed wire, instead please use a suitable nearby gate.  

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00 to 11.45

Starts 10.30 to 12.15

Courses close at 14.00

Course Information

White to Blue.

COURSE Length Climb Controls
WHITE 1.5  30 12
YELLOW 2.3 50 14
ORANGE 2.9 70 14
LIGHT GREEN 3.7 85 16
SHORT GREEN 3.0 60 13
GREEN 4.9 115 19
BLUE 6.2 155 25

Courses will be suitable for beginners, improvers  and experienced orienteers. Help and coaching will be available for  beginners/improvers (please ask at Registration). Maps will be overprinted on waterproof paper.

Entry Details

Entry on the day at Registration near to car parking.

Senior members £7

Senior non-members £9

Juniors (under 21's) £3

"Dibber" (SI card - electronic timing key) hire 50p (£30 charge for lost dibbers)

Note member means an individual holding a current subscription to British Orienteering. Non-members are allowed to compete in up to three British Orienteering registered events before being recommended to join. See the British Orienteering website for information on how to join.

Individual entry form

School/Group entry form 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser:  Colin Jackson (HAVOC)

Planner:     Janet Biggs (HAVOC)

Controller:  Graham Batty (HAVOC)

Dogs allowed?

Dogs welcome if kept under strict control especially near the dear enclosure.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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