Epping SW in the Autumn, Janet Biggs
Epping SW in the Autumn, Source: Janet Biggs

Epping Forest South West - EAL & SWELL

EAL, SWELL (2018/19)

Sun 18th Nov 2018

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Forest
League: SWELL, EAL

Information updated: 19th Nov




Well the sun was certainly shining on us today, encouraging around 230 orienteers to compete. That, together with so many kind comments about the courses made over 100 hours on the task all the more worthwhile.

I had a few challenges to hurdle, including trouble finding some of the already taped control sites, tapes missing altogether (eaten by animals?), continual forest clearing right up to the weekend (did any of you see the forest clearing machinery), but the funniest was to lose a control site altogether - the first control on blue and brown (153 thicket) had been totally cut down; I did pile up the few remnants of the holly bush as a token gesture, and amazingly no-one commented about this non existent feature!

My thanks to Janet for all her work re. mapping and the layout of the final course maps, Bruce for keeping me on my toes, Colin for seamless organising, Tony for running the I.T dept., all the HAVOC (and SOS) helpers, my children for being dragged around Epping for weekends on end, and all of you for taking part.



Thanks to the volunteers: Bruce and Marie Marshall (WAOC - Controlling); Guy Lidbury (Planning); Colin Jackson (Organising); Janet Biggs (Mapping); Graham Batty; Paul Beckett; Dale Bennett; Tony Biggs; Chris Burgues; Gillian Edgar; Charlie Maule-Lidbury; Doug McTurk; Rachel McTurk; Mike Muggeridge; Garry Parmenter; Andrew Welsh and last but not least, Anne Power (LOK).


This level C ranking event incorporates a round of the EAL (East Anglian League) and SWELL (South & West Essex Local League). We welcome Happy Herts for their club championships. 





Location map

Nearest town: Chingford

Directions / Parking

Free car parking.

Car park is on Chingford Plain, near Chingford, Essex. TQ393950 (nearest postcode E4 7QJ). This is on the east side of Bury Road about 330m north of the junction with Rangers Road (A1069). 

From M25 Junction 26: Follow the A121 east to the Wake Arms/City Limits roundabout; take the 4th exit (A104) & continue for about 2 miles to the Robin Hood roundabout; go straight on & after 1 mile turn right into Rangers Road (A1069) signposted Chingford. After 1 mile, turn right onto Bury Road, the car park is on the right.

From A406 North Circular: At the Waterworks Corner roundabout, take the A104 north through Woodford Green; after 3 miles turn left into Rangers Road (A1069 signposted Chingford. After 1 mile, turn right onto Bury Road, the car park is on the right.

Chingford railway station has a 30 minute service from London Liverpool Street and is 400m SW of Chingford Plain.


Public toilets available, after 10am, in the courtyard behind The View visitor centre (next to the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge) - there is a small car park opposite. From the event car park, head SE along the horse-ride and over the bridge then continue up passing the electrical sub-station, go through the low gate then between the deer sculptures. There should be an open door on the right leading into the courtyard, the unisex toilets are opposite. Alternatively, for those approaching from the north, e.g. M25 J26, there are public toilets (and free parking) in High Beach near the King’s Oak public house, Nursery Road, IG10 4AE (TQ411981)

There is a unisex toilet at Chingford station for ticket holders.

The View and Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge are open to the public at 10am and have free entry. Refreshments available at the Butlers Retreat in the same complex.

Terrain Description

A3-sized map, 1:10,000 scale with 5m contours using ISOM 2017 incorporating autumn 2018 updates which includes significant thinning. Standard IOF symbols used with a black V representing a drain culvert. 

Mature forest with mainly deciduous trees and some holly bushes. To the south west there is the open area of Chingford Plain with its thickets as well as a model aircraft area. Further to the east lies Connaught Water, a haven for wildfowl. Over the years, with successive thinning of parts, the area has become more runnable, probably more so than the map indicates although the first parts that were thinned are now regenerating. There are a number of horse rides in the area and a network of small paths many are indistinct especially after leaf-fall while others are well used by mountain bikers. There is no significant climb on the courses. Longer courses do visit the more contoured area to the north of the map.

Courses will be overprinted on waterproof paper.    

Registration & Start Times

Registration - EOD         10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Starts                              10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Courses close                 2:15 pm

Course Information

Standard colour coded courses; final course lengths shown:

WHITE   1.8K 5m 10 controls
YELLOW   2.3K 10m 11 controls
ORANGE   3.1K 15m 11 controls
LIGHT GREEN   3.5K 25m 11 controls
SHORT GREEN   3.7K 20m 13 controls
GREEN   4.8K 20m 15 controls
BLUE   7.2K 50m 15 controls
BROWN   9.4K 75m 23 controls


White & Yellow have written descriptions; Orange has written and pictorial descriptions on the maps and written loose descriptions. All other courses have pictorial descriptions. Loose descriptions will be available at the Start.

Entry Details

Pre-entry on Fabian4, until Tuesday 13 November 

BOF members - Seniors £9 Juniors £3.

Groups/families as per seniors.

Non-member - Seniors or Groups add £2.

Entry on the day

BOF members - Seniors £10 Juniors £3.

Groups/families as per seniors.

Non-member - Seniors or Groups add £2.

Electronic punching (SI) will be used – SI ‘dibber’ hire fee 50p

Fees include levies and land access charges. Free car parking.

Individual entry form

School/Group entry form

Contacts / Officials

Planner -  Guy Lidbury (HAVOC)

Organsier - Colin Jackson (HAVOC)

Controller - Bruce Marshall (WAOC)


Enquiries -

Dogs allowed?

Dogs welcome if on leads at all times.

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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