Belhus Woods SWELL
Sun 01st Nov 2020
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Event in the 2020-21 SWELL (South &West Essex Local Legue) season.
There will be the usual colour coded courses: White through to Blue with Short Green.
Note, the event is open to all, by entering a SWELL event you automatically qualify for enter into the league.
Nearest town: Aveley
- Grid Ref: TQ564824
- Postcode: RM15 4XJ
- Latitude: 51.52080
- Longitude: 0.25484
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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 (www.ensignbus.com), 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 (www.tfl.gov.uk) 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.
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
Controls will not be SIAC enabled.
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If you have a medical condition, you are recommended to keep details of it on your person during your run.
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.
Seniors £7.00 (non-British Orienteering members £9.00)
Groups as for seniors
SI dibber hire (electronic timing key) £1.00
Contacts / Officials
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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