Galoppen - Yewdale Fells

Part of the 2017 Cumbrian Galoppen series

Sun 4 Jun 2017

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Sun 4 Jun


Event Report

Unfortunately there was a disruption in the run of a few runners during the latter part of the event by an apparent call for help from an unknown person who seemed to be in the event area. Some may have longer than normal splits and a few actually abandoned their run to follow up on the call for help. After quite a lot of effort by those runners it fortunately transpired that it was a false alarm.

Thanks to those who tried to help.

Pre Event Info

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. However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start controls (manually) which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

There will also be SAFETY controls after the finish which must be punched by all runners - this is necessary to enable us to confirm that all runners have returned from the course.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.


Nearest town: Coniston, Cumbria

Directions / Parking

The Parking will be near Tilberthwaite Farm, the parking fee will be £1.50 per car.

The access will be from the Ambleside-Coniston Road (A593) at SD313996. When approaching from the Ambleside direction there is a very sharp right hand turn off the A593 onto the minor road to the parking area at this junction even for cars, it is even more difficult to negotiate on the return North towards Ambleside. 

Larger vehicles such as minibuses and campers are strongly advised to approach from the Coniston direction (South) as they will not be able to safely turn North without doing a three point turn on the busy A593.

Note that much of the minor road from the A593 to the Assembly is single track with passing places so please be courteous to other users.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 10.00 - 12.00

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and the information accuracy for the results.

Start times will be from 10.30 - 12.30, with a 30 minutes steep uphill walk to the start from Registration and Assembly and back from the finish.

Courses will close at 15.00


Course Information

The usual courses will be provided - yellow to brown. There will not be a string course or a white course.

All courses besides brown and blue will use 1:7500 maps, brown and blue will be 1:10000.

The route to the start will take about 30 minutes up a steep path (probably 20 minutes for an M21). The same path is used to descend after the finish. On either side of the path there are occasional steep (dangerous) drops. There is a steep ravine on the right and a steep quarry on the left (going up).  Young children must be accompanied by adults. Care must be taken on the short steep difficult section half way up the path which elderly competitors may find difficult when descending and would be dangerous for unaccompanied young children.

The start is close to the finish so clothing can be left at the finish.

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

An excellent area of high level Lakeland terrain with a large amount of rock features and areas of fast running and some marsh.


There will be toilets in the Assembly area.

UVHS Juniors will be providing food for the event, raising money for their overseas Orienteering trips.

Compas Point will be attending. 


Since this is a Lake District area of high level mountain terrain all runners should dress appropriately and they must carry a whistle. It may also be compulsory to carry a cagoule.

There will be a check for whistles and caguoles if mandated, and competitors will be turned back without them.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Dogs allowed?

Given that there are sheep in the fields adjacent to the Assembly area, dogs will only be allowed in the Assembly field if kept on a lead.

Contacts / Officials

Planner : Cliff Etherden

Controller: Heather Heppenstall

Organisers: Paul Williams/Helen Livesey

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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