A level C Ranking event incorporating the SWELL League 2017/18 (event #3) and a round of the 2017/18 ESSOL (Essex and Suffolk Schools Orienteering League).


Nearest town: Basildon

Directions / Parking

Free parking at the Beacon car park in Dry Street, Langdon Hills, near Basildon, Essex. The car park is adjacent to the B1007 which runs north-south between the A127 & A13 dual carriageways.
Toilets 300m from NE corner of car park field. Dogs welcome if under control.

From M25 Junction 29: Head east along the A127 towards Southend for 6 miles. Take the slip-road at the Dunton interchange and turn right onto the B148 (West Mayne). Turn right at the first roundabout (with the clock) onto the B1036, signed Superstore (Tesco) then left at the next roundabout. Continue for about 1 mile then turn right at the roundabout, signed Langdon Hills then right again at the next roundabout. After passing through Langdon Hills village, turn right at the T junction onto the B1007 (Staneway). Pass the Harvester restaurant and in 250m turn left onto Dry Street then right into the car park.

From M25 Junction 30: Head east along the A13 towards Southend for 5 miles. Take the slip-road at the junction for the B1007 (Horndon-on-the-Hill) and turn left. Follow the B1007 for 4 miles. Turn right, just after the church seen on the left, onto Dry Street then right into the car park.

Nearest railway station is Laindon about 1 mile from the car park. 


Toilets 300m from NE corner of the car park across Dry Street. Start and Finish will be close to the car park. The Harvester Restaurant, 300m from the car park, offers meals and takeaways from 9am.

Terrain Description

Map 1:10,000, with updates, autumn 2017.
Courses overprinted either on waterproof paper or bagged.

The area is divided into six sections separated by roads, housing and farmland. The terrain includes mature woodland, open and semi-open areas with significant hills (for Essex).

Come and experience some Essex contours! 

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. 
Starts: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Courses close: 2:30 pm
Start and finish are close to the car park.

Course Information

White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue and Brown.
A course suitable for all abilities. Help available for beginners. 

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.

Entry Details

Seniors £7 (£2 surcharge for non-British Orienteering members.)
Juniors £3.
Electronic punching will be used at this event – SI ‘dibber’ hire fee 50p.
Pairs and groups pay one senior fee only but should take only one map.
Entry fees include car parking, levies and access charges.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Guy Lidbury (HAVOC)
Organiser: Janet Biggs ()  

Dogs allowed?

Dogs must be kept on a 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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