Galoppen - Troutal Fell and Seathwaite Tarn

Sun 19 Sep 2021

We hope everyone enjoyed the event today in a new area Chris's planning was technically challenging and the organising by Gill made it all run smoothly.

Results and Spits are attached, with Ali, Mike and me (Dave) loooking after results, please send any comments or queries about the results to ''. 

Left at the event - a pair of O shoes. Pair of mens black and red  Merrel trail shoes, Contact Gill by email () if they belong to you.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Tue 21 Sep


Event Report

We hope everyone enjoyed the event today in a new area Chris's planning was technically challenging and the organising by Gill made it all run smoothly.

Results and Spits are attached, with Ali, Mike and me (Dave) loooking after that, please send any comments or queries about the results to ''. 

Pre Event Info

This is a new area mapped by Martin Bagness in an outstanding part of Cumbria.

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: Seathwaite, Duddon Valley

Directions / Parking

The event will be signposted from Duddon Bridge GR SD 199 882.

Please do NOT access the Duddon Valley via Broughton Mills as Shop Bridge is closed to traffic or via Hardknott or Wrynose Passes as the road over those passes and through Cockley Beck will be closed because of the Fred Whitton cycle event which is also on the same day.

There will be £1 car parking fee. Please have correct monies if possible.

Registration & Start Times

Except for the Yellow and Orange courses there will be No Entry on the Day (EOD), and there will be NO Si Cards to be hired on a day basis.

Registration used SI Entries for pre-entry for all courses, now closed with the final start list attached here.

For Yellow and Orange there will also be some EOD particularly for newcomers and families, Please contact Carol McNeill - for these courses.

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.

Any LOC members who DO NOT own an Si Card and would like to enter this or any of the possible events in the near future can borrow one (Si Card 5) until the crisis is over, please e-mail  with your name, Ageclass/gender, Year of Birth, BOF no., and I will arrange that one to be collected at the first event you attend. There will be the usual £30 fee for a lost SI Card.

Course Information

The normal range of Galoppen courses will be offered:

Course Distance (km) Climb (m) Controls
Brown 9.1 460  
Blue 6.0 305  
Green 4.1 230  
Short Green 3.4 160  
Light Green 3.2 135  
Orange 2.9 135  
Yellow 2.4 100  

This is a new area mapped by Martin Bagness 2019-20, based on Lidar.

All maps will be laser printed on waterproof paper, but not tear proof.

Yellow course maps should be collected at registration.

Allow 30 mins (1.3km) to reach the Prestart just before the manned river crossing which is roped. The start is on the other side of the river.

Start and Finish for all course are adjacent, 1km and 160m climb from Car Park.

Loose control descriptions will be available at the Start and are on the maps.

There will be a clothing dump at the crossing which is also adjacent to the finish.

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 15:00. 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

Seniors - £8.00

Juniors/students - £5.00

Terrain Description

Fast open fell with intricate contour and rock detail.



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

Whistles will be compulsory. 

Since this is a high level Lakeland area of open fell, please remember that you need to wear or carry appropriate clothing. 

If the weather is good shorts may be allowed but runners may have to wear full lower leg cover. Also, if the weather is inclement, cagoules may be compulsory, make sure you bring one to the event.

There is a track to the tarn which is occassionally used by vehicles. Some courses cross this track so please be aware.

There is some bracken in the area; please check for ticks after your run.

Areas of deep water in the marsh are marked as OOB.


There will be no traders or food stalls.


There will be toilets in the parking field.

First aid and medical

First aid is available at the Finish & Assembly.

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

 - Westmorland General Hospital (Minor Injuries only),  

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

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Chris Heppenstall

Organiser: Gill Browne

Controller: Sheila Hobson

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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