This is the fourth event of the 2018-19 SWELL (South & West Essex Local League). The event is open to orienteers of any ability as well as those competing in the league. 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.


Nearest town: Romford

Directions / Parking

Parking is 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! There is a deer park and the visitor centre has good views over London.

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 have been fenced to permit animal grazing. However, there are numerous gates (easy opening "kissing gates") in the fences permitting route choices to be made.

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.

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.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

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.

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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