Galoppen - Great Tower

Part of the Cumbrian Galoppen series

Sun 21 Nov 2021

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Wed 24 Nov


Event Report

Thanks to all those who came to Great Tower today, the results and splits are now attached. The Winsplits and Routegadget links are also posted but please note that for Routegadget there is an error in on the Brown course in option 'Routegadget (RG2)'  which has been corrected in the option 'Routegadget (RG2) v2 - Brown only' - apologies for this.

If anyone has any questions or comments about the results please contact .

The team today was Ann and Scott  Planning, Tim Organising, Dick Controller and the results with Dave, Ali and Mike.

Pre Event Info

Except for White, Yellow and Orange courses entries must be made by pre-entry, more details are in the 'Registration and Start Times' section.

The Start List is now attached. Competitors should check all their details and either let me know by e-mail () or on Sunday before running if there are any errors. 

This is an excellent wooded area in the South Lakes.

All the controls will be SiAC enabled as normal for LOC events.

Covid considerations

We advise a sensible approach to covid restrictions with social distancing & use of hand sanitisers & to respect the concerns of other competitors.


Nearest town: Newby Bridge/Windermere

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at SD398915 about 500m NE of the main entrance to the main Scout Centre parking area. The parking is likely to be restricted to cars, with no parking for camping  'vans' of any size.

Parking will be available for group/school minibuses, but please let the organiser know you are coming.

Registration & Start Times

Except for the White, Yellow and Orange courses there will be No Entry on the Day (EOD).

Registration on SI Entries for pre-entry for all courses has closed. The Start List is now attached. Competitors should check all their details  and either let me know by e-mail () or on Sunday before running if there are any errors. 

For White, Yellow and Orange there will also be some EOD particularly aimed at newcomers and families, please contact Carol McNeill () for these courses.  

Hire Si cards will be available on the day for pre-entries to be collected at the event, there will be the usual £30 fee for a lost SI Card.

Any LOC members offering to help at the event should contact Tim Field () before entering for the discount code. 

Start times will be from 10.30 - 13.00.

Any entry queries which cannot be sorted out on the Si Entries website should be addressed to  before the event, or at Download on the event day before you go to the start.

Unless they have any queries about their entry competitors should go directly to the Start for their booked start time, they should come to the event changed ready to run and to leave after downloading before changing.  

Course Information

The normal range of Galoppen courses will be offered:






Contols Map scale

No. of


Brown 6.6 550 18 1:10000 (**) 3
Blue 5.1 370 15 1:7500 (*) 2
Green 3.9 260 12 1:7500 2
Short Green 2.8 205 11 1:7500 1
Light Green 3.0 220 11 1:7500 1
Orange 2.0 145 11 1:7500 1
Yellow 1.3 75 9 1:5000 1
White 1.0 65 9 1:5000 1

(*) For the Blue courses a 1:10000 scale map will be available on request to the Organiser before the end of Wednesday 17th November.

(**) For the Brown courses a 1:7500 scale map will be available on request to the Organiser before the end of Wednesday 17th November.

Please do not be put off by the stated amount of climb on your course. On many legs, a considerable proportion of the measured climb can be avoided by careful route choice.

The White course has two taped sections between controls. The Yellow course has one taped section between controls.

The Green and Blue courses use two maps each, both of which will be on the same side of the paper. The Brown course uses three maps (two on the front and one on the back).

Where courses go near to particularly large crags, the tops of these have been marked with black and yellow tape in the terrain.

Blank maps will be provided at the start for all courses except Yellow and White, the maps for these will be provided at Registration with an opportunity for those runners to discuss the course before running.

All runners MUST punch (physical punch) the Start control and the Safety control positioned after the finish - this is our primary way to confirm whether a runner has finished if someone is apparently missing. 

Courses will close at 15:00. 

If you cannot complete your course by the course closing time please retire and return to Download 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

Entry fees will be:

Seniors - £9.00

Juniors/students - £5.00

Terrain Description

Wooded with complex and often confusing contour detail and many rock features. There is a sparse path network, mainly centred around the group of buildings in the South of the area, and few other line features.  Rocky ridges tend to form parallel valleys. Only larger rock features are generally mapped. There is much sloping rock: Crags are shown only where the rock is near-vertical.

There are some buildings which form the heart of the Scout activities in the South of the area, and groups may be in residence. Do not enter any buildings.

Smaller paths are likely to be obscured by leaf litter and so may be hard to see.

There are various un-mapped temporary (and not-so-temporary) structures in the terrain, used for outdoor activities.



Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. 

Whistles will be compulsory. 

Since this is a Lakeland area in Winter please remember that you may need to wear or carry appropriate clothing. Full lower leg cover is required. If the weather is inclement, cagoules may be compulsory, make sure you bring one to the event.


There will be no traders or food stalls.


There will be toilets at the event.

First aid and medical

First aid will be available at the finish but please DIY if at all possible to avoid unnecessary contact.

Companions will be asked to take injured people to hospital if needed. 

Local Accident and Emergency – Furness General Hospital (A&E)

Dalton Lane , Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 4LF (01229 870870)

Minor Injuries only - Westmorland General Hospital  

Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7RG. (01539 732288)

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Tim Field

Planners: Scott Collier and Anne Edwards

Controller: Dick Towler

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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