HAVOC SWELL Local Event - Bedfords Park

Sun 30th Jan 2022

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

Information updated: 13th Feb




Location map

Nearest town: Romford

Directions / Parking

Entrance off Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, north of Romford, RM4 1QH (nearest postcode along Broxhill Road).

Grid Ref. TQ517930. Car park is at the end of the drive; FREE car parking. 


From Gallows Corner roundabout, A12/A127 junction (about 3 miles west of J29 of M25), turn north (3rd exit) along Straight Road. Straight on at two roundabouts and at the third roundabout, continue straight onto Broxhill Road towards Havering-atte-Bower, entrance to the park is on the left in about 1 mile.


Other routes: Approach along B175 towards Havering-atte-Bower.  Park is sign-posted from the village green, turning where there is a sharp bend in the B175 road.


Public transport by 499 bus from stop V outside Romford Railway Station, towards Gallows Corner/Tesco. Take the bus to the Helmsdale Road stop (about 14 mins) then walk east along Lower Bedfords Road. The pedestrian entrance to the park is about 400m east of Risebridge Chase. Please keep to the main track within the park; the car park/event centre is behind the Visitor Centre (about 1.5K, walk from the bus stop). Buses run every 30 minutes on a Sunday. More information: www.tfl.gov.uk


The Visitor Centre may be closed. So, regrettably, it is unlikely that toilets and light refreshments will be available. If the Visitor Centre is open, please wear a mask and avoid taking any mud into the building. Nearest alternative toilets are at the Tesco store (RM3 0LL), south side of the A12, 0.25 miles before Gallows Corner (A12/A127 junction) and approximately 3 miles from the event car park.

Terrain Description

Parkland with pockets of mature woodland, deer park, small fishing lake, open and rough open areas. Note the park is very wet at the moment; paths and gateways are likely to be muddy. Some “dry” features are wet.


Map (1:7500, 5m contours) updated autumn/winter 2021. A4-sized maps pre-printed on waterproof paper with control descriptions written for White & Yellow, pictorial for all other courses. Loose descriptions will be available at the start.

Registration & Start Times

Starts                          10:30 am to 12:00 noon

Courses close               2.00 pm

Start is at most 250m south from the furthest point of the main car park, in the open area just south of the Visitor Centre.

Finish is adjacent to the main car park.

Course Information

Subject to final controlling.

Course Length Climb Controls
White 1.3km 40m 10
Yellow 2.0km 50m 11
Orange 2.5km 60m 12
Light Green 3.7km 90m 13
Short Green 3.0km 55m 17
Green 4.5km 105m 19
Blue 6.1km 155m 24


SIAC will be enabled, although competitors will need to punch the Check, Start, and Finish controls.

Entry Details

Pre-entry only. Online entries now available on Fabian4. Closing date Friday 28th January.

                                    Senior members           £7.00

                                    Senior non-members   £9.00

                                    Juniors                         £3.00

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

Senior fee applies to groups and families competing together.


Note, member means an individual holding a current subscription to British Orienteering. Non-members are allowed to compete in up to three British Orienteering registered events before being recommended to join. See the British Orienteering website for information on how to join.


Do not attend if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, are living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.


Before, during and after your run, maintain appropriate distance from other competitors, officials and other park users

Contacts / Officials


Colin Jackson   Email: 

Safety and Risk

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