Hadleigh Country Park (Regional) including Yvette Baker heat

Sun 23rd May 2021

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Open, Parkland
League: HAVOC

Information updated: 27th May



Update: links added for Splits and Routegadget


Organiser's Comments:

Thank you to all those who attended, whether competing or helping, for HAVOC's first formal return to orienteering for more than a year.  

The event was supported by our much valued volunteers: Colin Jackson (Planner), Guy Lidbury (Controller), Graham Batty (COVID Officer), Tony Biggs (SI), Dale Bennett, Janet Biggs, Chris Shaw, Andrew Welsh, and Paul Beckett.  Thanks also to Bruce Marshall who helped to collect in some of the controls, whilst waiting on the SI kit.

Provisional Results are uploaded.

Gillian Edgar


IMPORTANT - Please do not attend this event if you or anyone in your household or anyone you have met recently is showing any signs of Covid-19 or you have an unexplained illness or have been told to isolate.   

Make sure you have read the latest guidance from British Orienteering and itsParticipant Code of Conduct”.

Hadleigh 23rd May Event Flyer - Final Update


Location map

Nearest town: Hadleigh

Directions / Parking

The Country Park car park (open from 8.30am to 7pm) is accessed at the south-west end of Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 2PP . 

From A13/A129/B1014 Roundabout: Head east along the A13 for 500m and turn right at the filter lane on the dual-carriageway (just after the traffic lights; you will need the right-hand lane ). Return westwards for 100m then turn left into Chapel Lane immediately after the traffic lights. Follow brown and white tourist signs to the Country Park in 450m, which is well signposted throughout the local roads.

There is an ANPR camera at the barriers which picks up your car registration on entry (no ticket issue). You are then free to enjoy your stay. When you choose to leave you simply go to 1 of the 2 machines in the main car park, enter your car registration and the screen will tell when you arrived and how much to pay. Once paid you have 15 mins to leave and the exit barrier will let you out automatically. (There is an intercom in the event of difficulties). Parking is £1.50 an hour per vehicle. This is capped at £6 which will give you parking for the entire day. This is in line with most of the other Essex Country Parks. The money raised from the car park charges goes towards maintaining and improving visitor facilities.

Cashless Parking is in operation due to COVID-19 precautions. 

The car park has 400 spaces with an additional 12 disabled bays (also charged). Registration and Download will be located within the car park.

Nearest main line station is at Leigh-on-Sea, a 3k walk, passing Hadleigh Castle. Alternatively the 28 bus operates a half-hourly service from both Basildon railway station and near to Pitsea railway station to Hadleigh (The Memorial) which is at the northern end of Chapel Lane, 800m walk to the car park.



The main toilets (open 8.30am to 5pm) are in the SE corner of the visitor centre complex, approachable from the car park.  Masks to be worn, due to COVID-19 precautions in operation.

Hub cafe (open 9am to 4pm) and BikeArt (bike hire - open at 9am to 6pm).

A range of mountain bike trails to suit all abilities. Children's play area. Cycle and bike skills training areas.

Iron Age roundhouse reconstruction adjacent to the car park. Hadleigh Castle is a short walk from the car park.

Good views over the Thames Estuary including Canvey Island, Southend Pier and the QE2 Bridge at Dartford/Purfleet.

Terrain Description

The area consists on a south facing scarp slope, steep in places, with flat drained marshland at its base. New paths and biking trails, which criss-cross each other, have been created in the area. The marshland, part of the Thames Marshes, is crossed by the Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness railway line.

The terrain includes mature and younger woodland with open and rough open areas on the steep hillside running down to the more open flat, rough grazing areas which are interspersed with ditches, some containing deep water. The grazing areas have been extended to other parts of the park resulting in a number of new stock fences, topped by barbed wire, having been built. There has been some clearance work, the newly cleared areas have been mapped as rough open.

Unusual for Essex, this is a good opportunity for some hill training. The Country Park is on the western side of the area and the eastern part was used for the London 2012 Mountain Biking event and has been developed to include several mountain bike routes and activities as part of the Olympic legacy. Some old WWII buildings can be seen in the eastern part.

Update 22nd May:

Please note that the Park has moved a small herd of young cattle into the Start/Finish field. For your own safety, please avoid startling/disturbing the cattle unnecessarily.

Registration & Start Times

Starts:  10.30am to 12.30pm, 15 min blocks.

No Registration on the day - online pre-entry only.   

Hired Dibbers will be available for collection at the start lanes.  

NOTE:  SIAC will NOT be enabled at this event.

Course Information

Course Length (km) Climb (m)    Controls      
White 1.5 60 10
Yellow 2.1 70 11
Orange 2.5 70 10
Light Green 3.4 100 11
Short Green 3.3 110 12
Green 4.5 150 16
Blue 6.4 220 20


White, Yellow and Orange courses are on 1:7500 maps with written descriptions (pictorial description for Orange included here for information). If you require loose descriptions for the event, please download here, and bring with you.

Control Descriptions - White_Yellow_Orange.pdf

Control Descriptions - Orange_pictorial.pdf

All other courses are on 1:10000 maps with pictorial descriptions.  If you require loose descriptions for the event, please download here, and bring with you.

Control Descriptions - Blue_Green_ShortGreen_LightGreen.pdf

There is no legend on the Blue maps.

A popular part of the mountain biking course where there is a fairly steep drop is marked with a solid purple line.

Please use the pedestrian gate to the south east to cross the fence.

Entry Details

Online pre-entry only.   

Available on Fabian4.co.uk up to midnight on Friday, 21st May.


Competitors will be asked to choose a 15 min start block to minimise queuing.

Seniors:                                                                          £  8.00

Non-British Orienteering members seniors:                   £10.00

Juniors (under 21):                                                         £  3.00

Electronic punching SI-card hire:                                   £  1.00


Contacts / Officials

Organiser:  Gillian Edgar (HAVOC)

Planner:     Colin Jackson (HAVOC)

Controller:  Guy Lidbury (HAVOC)  

Dogs allowed?

Dogs welcome if kept under strict control and you clean up after them.

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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