HAVOC Regional and SWELL - Belhus Woods

Sun 12th Nov 2023

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

Information updated: 12th Nov



Regional and SWELL event


Location map

Nearest town: Aveley

Directions / Parking

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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.

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.   Up to 1hr - £2.50, Up to 2hrs - £3.80, Up to 4 hrs - £5.10. The machines take cash or card payments.  For cashless payments register at  MiPermit Essex County Council Country Parks Cashless Parking and Digital Permits.

Note:  Belhus Woods is outside the recently expanded ULEZ area, although to avoid the zone, drivers will have to approach the park from the South through Aveley.

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.


A visitor centre, serving light refreshments, ice creams and snacks.  A new toilet block has been built  to the east of the visitor centre.

Lakes with plenty of waterfowl (duck food available from the visitor centre). There is also a children's play area (marked as a rectangular OOB on the event maps) for the young and young at heart.

A new permanent Orienteering course has also recently been launched, with map packs available from the visitor centre

Terrain Description

The country park is a low-lying mix of ancient woods, meadows, streams, ponds and other earth features created by past gravel and brickearth extraction.  There are also extensive Forestry Commission and Woodland Trust 1990s tree plantations which are maturing nicely, with their runnability varying with the coppicing and brashing cycles.  The area is relatively  flat and fast for those who can maintain map contact while making frequent decisions caused by the path and ditch network and the mosaic of woods and meadows.  Courses are planned to offer a technical and physical challenge; full leg cover is advised.    

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

The map is 1:10000, 5m contours at ISOM 2017 standard.

Registration & Start Times

Enquiries      from 10:00 to 12noon

Starts           from 10:30 to 12:30pm

Courses close at  2.30pm

Course Information

Subject to final controlling:
. White - 1.9 Km, 15m climb, 12 controls
. Yellow - 2.6 Km, 5m climb, 13 controls
. Orange - 3.2 Km, 15m climb, 13 controls
. Light Green - 3.7 Km, 15m climb, 14 controls
. Short Green - 3.6 Km, 15m climb, 18 controls
. Green - 5.1 Km, 35m climb, 19 controls
. Blue - 7.5 Km, 45m climb, 26 controls
. Brown - 9.1 Km, 45m climb, 30 controls

There is 1 timed out road crossing on Green, Blue and Brown, which uses a traffic light pedestrian crossing.

The Start and other Finish for all courses, except Green, Blue and Brown, are adjacent to the Car park.  There is a second Finish location for Green, Blue and Brown over the road in the western area (only 300m away). 

SIAC will be enabled.

Entry Details

Entry in advance via Racesignup.

No start blocks, first come/first served start procedure.

Seniors: £9 ( £11 for non- BOF members)

Juniors: £4
Chip hire: (non SIAC) £1.

Entries close midnight on Friday, 10 November.

There will be limited EOD entries available from the Enquiries tent, subject to map availability.  Add £1 to entry fees for entry on day.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Colin Jackson ()

Planner: Paul Beckett

Controller: Kevin Machin (SOS)

Dogs allowed?

Allowed in competition area if on lead.

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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