Bedfords Park (SWELL)

Havering-Atte-Bower, Essex

Sat 05th Mar 2016

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland
League: SWELL

Information updated: 6th Mar




Thank you all for coming and braving not only the cold, wind and rain but also the mud. We believe it was the worst mud we have seen here. Believe it or not but a few weeks ago the underfoot conditions were not bad! But, at least you did not have to swim through the small lakes that appeared in a couple of the gateways a few winters ago. Hopefully the park people may find time and money to put down some more hardcore, especially around the new pedestrian gateways.

Fortunately, the only snow we had was a short flurry as the organising team were setting up. But, after the event there was some brilliant sunshine!

Thanks go to Paul Beckett for planning and Gillian Edgar for organising, ably assisted by the HAVOC team of volunteers: Graham Batty, Barbara Beckett, Dale Bennett, Tony Biggs, Colin Jackson, Chris Shaw, Garry Parmenter, Guy Lidbury (and sons) and Janet Biggs.


Any queries on the results to Janet Biggs:



This is the seventh event of the 2015-16 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.



Location map

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.


There should be toilets available near to car parking.

The visitor centre within the park has toilets, light refreshments and a gift shop. 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) re-surveyed Autumn 2015.

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

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00 to 12.00 noon

Starts 10.30 to 12.30

Courses close at 14.30

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.

There is a 5-10 minute walk along the road from car parking to the start.There is a fairly busy road to cross so, under 16's must be supervised.

Entry Details

Entry on the day at Registration near to car parking.

Senior members £6

Senior non-members £8

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: Gillian Edgar

Planner:     Tony Biggs

Controller:  Graham Batty

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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