Belhus Woods Country Park Visitor Centre, HAVOC
Belhus Woods Country Park Visitor Centre, Source: HAVOC

Belhus Woods - GLOSS

GLOSS event 2019

Sun 14th Jul 2019

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland

Information updated: 15th Jul



Local event in the 2019 inter-club GLOSS (Greater London Orienteering Summer Series) season. (GLOSS was formally known as FROLICS). 

There will be the usual GLOSS light green course plus extension and a Yellow. 

Note,  the event is open to all, not only members of clubs competing for the GLOSS London Bus Trophy.

Details of the 2019 GLOSS competition are available on the LOK website.


Location map

Nearest town: Aveley

Directions / Parking

The simplest approach is via Upminster.

From M25 J29 take the A127 west towards Romford. After 1.25 miles turn onto the first slip road, signed Upminster and Cranham, then turn left at the T junction. Continue through Upminster on the B1421 and then to Corbets Tey. At the point where the road has a sharp left hand bend, turn right, signed Aveley. Turn left at the T junction/mini-roundabout. Follow this road for 1.5 miles then turn left into the Country Park.

You can approach from the south: M25 J30, A13 west, A1306 and B1335 to Aveley then take the Romford Road to Belhus Woods Country Park. Note there are speed humps through Aveley.

There are brown tourist signs to the Country Park from Corbets Tey and Aveley.

NOTE: There is a 2.4m/7'4" height restriction into the car park.

Essex County Council car park charges apply, pay and display. We are expecting to use the overflow car park field which is accessed from the main car park. The car park ticket machines are near the entrance to the main/hard-standing car park, close to the route to the toilets. The ticket machines take cash and cards. You may wish to register first before going to the pay and display machines.   

Public transport: 22 bus (, hourly Sunday service from Grays bus station (10 minute walk from Grays railway station) to Usk Road, Aveley then 2.5K walk through Belhus Chase (please stay on paths as this is in the competition area). Or 370 bus ( half-hourly Sunday service from Upminster railway station to Corbetts Tey then 2.5K walk. 

Ockendon railway station is about 3K from the Country Park.


Light refreshments, ice creams and snacks available at the visitor centre. A new toilet block has been built near the visitor centre, on the east/left side of the staff car park, as you approach from the main car park. The old toilet block is no longer in use.

Lakes with plenty of waterfowl (duck food available from the visitor centre - please do not bring bread for the ducks). There is a new play area (marked as a rectangular OOB on the event maps) for the young and young at heart. Adjacent to the start there is a new doggy assault course.  

Terrain Description

Parkland with some mature woodland, grassland, young trees that are maturing and lakes (former gravel workings). Courses will be based on the eastern area and will not involve any road crossings. Note the summer vegetation has been particularly vigorous this year. In most of the open areas the grass and wild flowers have been left to grow with paths mown round the edges. We have done our best to map these paths. We do not think the grass will be cut before the event. There are some extremely high stinging nettles, thistles and brambles with many hawthorn bushes in the wooded areas.

Full leg cover is recommended. Oak processionary moth caterpillars are present, you are advised not to touch any hairy caterpillar you may find.

For more information about the country park see the Visit Parks website

The map is 1:10000, 5m contours at ISOM 2017 standard. Maps will be bagged they will not be waterproof.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10:00 to 12noon

Starts           from 10:30 to 12:30pm

Courses close at  2.30pm

Course Information

Yellow 2.3K 10m of climb (fairly easy)

GLOSS/Light Green 3.3K 15m of climb (fairly hard)

With the Extension 6.3K (harder)

NOTE: the GLOSS (Light Green) course is printed on the front of the maps with the EXTENSION printed on the back. Competitors continuing on to the EXTENSION must punch the "shadow finish" control: 123, NOT the actual FINISH, then turn over the map. Competitors doing only the GLOSS should ignore control 123 and punch the FINISH at the end of their course, then go to Download. Controls will not be SIAC enabled. 

X on descriptions = hide

You are recommended to make sure you are well hydrated before your run. The finish is within 150m of the car park. Water should be available near Download which is expected to be quite close to the finish.

If you have a medical condition, you are recommended to keep details of it on your person during your run.

Entry Details

Seniors         £6.00 (non-British Orienteering members £8.00)

Juniors         £3.00

Groups         as for seniors

SI dibber hire (electronic timing key) £1.00

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries to:     

Organiser:       Colin Jackson (HAVOC)  

Planner:         Gillian Edgar (HAVOC)

Controller:       Janet Biggs (HAVOC)

Dogs allowed?

Allowed but to be kept under strict control especially near the waterfowl.

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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