Informal training with an option to check you pace counting as well as discuss bearings and orienteering with contours.


An option to try one of The Route courses.


Social gathering in the cafe afterwards or bring a picnic. 


Nearest town: Upminster

Directions / Parking

The Forest Centre is at Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster RM14 3NS 


Toilets and cafe in the Visitor Centre

Terrain Description

Landscape of small woods, meadows, ponds and paths that have been created from disused farmland. Part of the Thames Chase Community Forest.


Map will be an OS extract as used by The Route.

Registration & Start Times

11.00am to 12.30pm

Meet in the wide grass ride/area north of the cafe/visitor centre anytime between the times shown.

Course Information

The Route Breaker or Runner

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

Free but £2 car parking charge which goes towards maintaining and improving the facilities.

Contacts / Officials

Janet Biggs

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.

Privacy: when entering our events your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports.
Read our privacy policy to see how we look after your personal data.

Back to top