Weald Country Park
(SWELL round 1)
Sun 14th Sep 2014
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Footnote: Mel Turner would like to thank everyone who helped her after she injured her foot at the event. In particular, thanks go to Kevin and Meloney Dale.
A level C Ranking event and part of the SWELL League 2014/15 (#1) and incorporating DFOK Club Championships
You can download a copy of the event flyer.
Nearest town: Nearest Town
- Grid Ref: TQ570940
- Postcode: CM14 5QJ
- Latitude: 51.62252
- Longitude: 0.27233
- Google Map (aerial)
- Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
One mile from M25 J28/A12 junction at the ‘Cricket Field’ car park, off Weald Road, opposite the junction with Weald Park Way. Grid Ref. TQ 573940, postcode CM14 5QJ. Essex County Council car parking charge of £2.50 will apply, "pay & display" (no change given, 5p coins and above accepted).
Toilets adjacent to car park. Visitor Centre with light refreshments 500m.
Start and Finish within 300-500m of the car park.
Other attractions: Lake with wildfowl, a deer enclosure and a picnic area.
OCAD map of the former grounds of the Weald estate with recent updates, 1:10,000 scale. Terrain is gently contoured and comprises undulating mature woodland, a deer park, lakes, landscaped open and rough open areas.
Registration & Start Times
Registration 10:00 am to 12 noon.
Starts 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Courses close 2.30 pm.
A range of colour coded courses: White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Green, Blue and Brown. Courses will be suitable for beginners, improvers and experienced orienteers. Help and coaching will be available for beginners/improvers (please ask at Registration). Maps will be overprinted on waterproof paper or bagged.
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.
Seniors £6 (£2 surcharge for non-British Orienteering members.)
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.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Graham Batty
Organiser: Gillian Edgar
Controller: Paul Beckett
Dogs must be keot 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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