Galoppen - Barrow Fell

Part of the 2017 NWOA Galoppen series

Sun 9 Apr 2017

The course controls and the finish will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls.

There will also be SAFETY controls after the FINISH.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell, Woodland

Info updated: Thu 27 Apr


Event Report

Routegadget should now be correct using the link above (event 89).

Pre Event Info

Note that it will be necessary to punch the START controls (manually) which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

The SAFETY must be punched by all runners controls, they are necessary to enable us to confirm that all runners have returned from the course in the event of suspected missing runners.

The Final Details are attached, note that this document contains the more comprehensive event information.


Nearest town: Broughton in Furness

Directions / Parking

Linear road parking. There is limited space for parking, so please share transport if at all possible.


Parking for camper vans & minibuses is limited so please contact organizer if bringing one. 

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 10.00 - 12.00

Start times will be from 10.30 - 12.30.

Courses will close at 15.00

Course Information

The usual courses will be offered - Yellow to Brown.

Course Length Climb
Course Length/climb
Yellow 2.0km 60m
Orange 2.2km 75m

Light Green

3.3km 100m
Short Green 2.9km 95m
Green 4.1km 130m
Blue 6.0km 21.5m
Brown 7.7km 290m

Courses will close at 15.00.

The maps will be 1:7500.

The wood is enclosed by an uncrossable wall, marked crossing points must be used.

The Yellow and Orange courses are within the wood and use line features such as ditches and earth banks for some legs which give rougher and often marshy going.

The Yellow course is only suitable for small children who are shadowed.

There will be NO string course since the terrain is unsuitable.


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

Entry on the day only

Seniors - £6 with an additional £2 for non-BOF members
Junior & Students - £2

SI card (not SIACs) hire - £1

Terrain Description

Small area of mixed plantation with varying runability plus open fell with some areas of complex contour detail.


Catering will be provided by UVHS (funds in aid of World Schools teams).

Toilets available at Assembly.


Since this is a Lake District woodland area in Spring all runners should dress appropriately they must carry a whistle, should carry a mobile phone and it may be compulsory to carry a cagoule.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs on leads allowed at registration.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Gill Browne (LOC) 01229 716748

Planner: Judy Burge

Controller: Steve Burge

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.

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