Cumbrian Galoppen - Bethecar Moor

Part of the Cumbrian Galoppen Series

Sun 24 Nov 2019

Many thanks to everyone who joined us at Bethecar today - we hope you enjoyed the event ! Also many thanks to everyone involved with helping to put on today's event - the Planner - Jo; Organiser - Carol; Controller - Graham and the small army of LOC and TVOC volunteers who all made the event happen.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Mon 25 Nov


Event Report

Please send any queries about the results to

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Oxen Park

Directions / Parking

Please car share if possible with a view to minimising our impact on climate change and also to reduce the parking requirements.

At this event LOC will trial FREE parking for all vehicles with 3 or more people, all others will pay £2 - our standard parking charge. This is one way to encourage car sharing, if you have comments and other ideas then please complete the feedback form on offer at download.

Please do not try and be clever and fil your car in Oxen Park - that is NOT the idea.

Please note that mini-buses, campers and mobile homes will be parked 1km from assembly.

Parking will be on Bessy Bank (Park Wood) forest road. The entry will be from Grid Ref SD307870.

Access will be signed from Colton (Oxen Park & Bandrake Head) only. There will be no exit before 12.00. Parking will be linear so be prepared for a walk to assembly and onwards to starts. Assembly will be 1.2miles (2.2km) along the forest road.

On the day notes are here and will also be handed out and EOD competitors should collect a pink registration card. Correct parking cash would be helpful.



Toilets, registration, enquiries, first aid and download will all be together at the end of the forest road and on the way to the starts.

Registration & Start Times

Pre-entry closed at midnight on Sunday 17th November. Entry on the day is available, subject to the availability of maps. The Entries Secretary is Janet Nash ().

No fixed start times will be used and the start blocks will be 'V early', 'Early', 'Middle', 'Late', 'V Late'. Helpers and split start 2nd runners should enter without selecting a start block.

Pre-entered competitors should proceed directly to the start to use the entry start blocks they select when they pre-enter. However, hired SI Cards should be collected from Registration.

There will also be limited EOD available, subject to the availability of maps with registration for EOD between 10.00 and 12.00. Courses close (and controls will be collected) at 14.00.

EOD and other runners with Open start times will need to integrate with the other runners at the start.

EOD runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and improve the information accuracy for the results. Note that the allocation of BO Ranking points also requires the BO number to be provided.

Car keys can be left at registration.

Start times will be from 10.30 - 12.30.

Course Information

The usual Galoppen courses will be provided:

Course details are subject to final controlling.

Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls Map scale
Brown         8.5 330   1:10 or 1:15 see notes
Blue         5.8 250   1:7500
Green         3.8 170   1:7500
Short Green 2.8 100   1:7500
Light Green 2.9 120   1:7500
Orange         2.2 65   1:7500
Yellow         2.1 75   1:7500


If anyone is interested in running the brown course on a 1:15000 map please contact before 17th November, stating your name and entered start block. You would be timed but deemed non-competitive. These maps will be a straight 1:15000 print of the race map without any other alteration and might not have optimum readability.


All maps will be laser printed on waterproof paper, but not tear proof.  There will be no legend on the maps - loose copies of the legend may be available at registration if required. 

Yellow course maps should be collected at registration. There is one short taped route on the Yellow course.

Control Descriptions will be on the front of the map for all courses. They will be in written format for Yellow courses, but pictorial for all other courses. Loose control descriptions will be available at the start.

Starts - There will be 2 starts - the WHITE start for Yellow and Orange course competitors 450metres 25m climb from assembly and the RED main start for all other courses at a distance of 1km 55m climb. Allow 20 minutes walk mainly along narrow woodland trods. The two routes will separate after 200 metres.

There won’t be any official clothing dump but there will be an area at assembly to leave bags. Also at the sheltered RED pre-start but no clothing return provided.

The finish will be 300 metres from assembly along the route to the RED start.

All runners MUST punch (physical punch) the Safety control positioned after the finish - this is our primary way to confirm whether a runner has finished in the event of an apparently missing runner. 

Courses will close at 14:00. If competitors think that they will be out for a long time then can they please start early.

If you cannot complete your course by the course closing time please retire as the nature of the area requires swift action in the event of a missing competitor and we will not delay contacting the Mountain Rescue.


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

Entries will be offered as follows

Class Pre-entry EOD
Seniors £7.00 £8.00
Juniors/Students £3.50 £4.00

Senior competitors who are not a member of an Orienteering club affiliated to British Orienteering (BOF) will also have to pay £2 to cover event insurance.

SI cards (not SIACs) will be available for hire with a charge of £1, note that there will be a £30 charge for lost SI cards.

Terrain Description

A fantastic open fell terrain area offering a great opportunity for some winter training. There are many 'trods' on the ground as well as the paths on the map.

There are sheep, cows and deer on the moor - they will ignore you!


Bethecar Moor has been used for orienteering since the early 70's. Its complex mix of many small and larger features interspersed with a ragged selection of marshy ground always catches out the unwary and it is easy to get completely lost before you find that first control. The map has changed very little with improvements being mainly in the clarity of readability.

You will be running over an ancient working landscape with evidence of the old quarrying and iron ore industries. Look out for lines of old pack horse routes used for people to carry their dead from Grizedale and Hawkshead south to Dalton and carting goods for local industry.



Since this is a Lake District area of high open fell in November all runners should dress appropriately. . Please be prepared to wear an extra layer and carry hat & gloves.

Carrying a cagoule with a hood is strongly recommended whatever the conditions. It may be made compulsory and notices will be up at parking and assembly stating if this is so. There will be a whistle, and if necessary a cagoule check on the way to the start.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs must be on lead, and no dogs are allowed on the moor please.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Carol McNeill

Planner: Jo Cleary

Controller: Graham Capper

Entries Secretary: Janet Nash 01539 725921

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser.

Runners MUST download even if they retire so we can be sure everyone is back and that we do not need to start a search and rescue.

Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Help and Information: Anyone needing any advice about Orienteering should talk to the Organiser.

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.