Lakeland Orienteering Club

Kendal Serpentine WoodsWed 6 Sept

Park Series 4

Local level event

What does this mean?

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.

Terrain type: Parkland





Sprint Series after 4 events

Novice Series after 4 events


Many thanks for joining us tonight on one of the hottest evenings yet for the final Park Series event in Serpentine Woods, Kendal. We hope you enjoyed the courses.

Sadly, control 20 on the Sprint B course was removed between it being placed and the first runners going out. Even though Matt put a replacement box out, we have agreed to remove the legs either side of this control - apologies to all those affected early on.

The entire series has been a great success, thanks to all the LOC volunteers involved. For tonight thanks to Matt for planning, supported by Rebecca and Chris with control placing, Dick for controlling, Kath and Chris for first aid cover, the control collectors and the SI Team of Mike, Andrew and Jerry.

Last updated: Thu 07 September, 2023


The final of four events in South Lakes parks. Two sprint races at each event plus a novice course for newcomers and younger juniors.

Location Info

Near: Kendal
Lat,Lng: 54.32799,-2.75742
Postcode: LA9 4PG

The pins on the maps show the location of the parking, the start may be some distance away

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Directions / Parking

Please park in the town centre car parks on or suitable roads. Most Westmorland and Furness Council car parks in Kendal are free from 18:00, including at Booths which is the nearest. The on-street parking near the woods is limited to 1 hour until 18:00.

Walk to event registration at Kendal Golf Club. There will be a bag drop area.

No parking at the golf club.


Registration / Download at the golf club

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Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

Serpentine Woods is situated on Kendal Fell and has a good path network and includes a small open area

The sprint courses will also go out to Kettlewell Crag across a rougher open area. There are some very high crags. Courses are planned to avoid climbing them or approaching the tops.

Beware of golf balls, and do not stray onto the fairways or greens. If you intend to retire at the Kettlewell Crag area do not cross the golf course to return, except down the marked track if necessary.

Download after your first course, then clear and start on the second.

Full leg cover is strongly recommended. It is spiky and stingy in places especially on the sprint courses. Fell or orienteering shoes recommended for the sprint courses. Shoes with decent grip recommended for the novice course.

The area is exposed and if the weather is bad you may be required to carry a hooded waterproof jacket, and potentially hat, gloves and waterproof trousers. You should bring these to the event and notices will be displayed at the start. An announcement will also be made on the LOC facebook page.

You must carry a whistle.

Course Information

2x sprint races with estimated winning time 12 minutes at each event, and a novice course aimed at newcomers and younger children.

All areas a traffic free and under 16s may run the sprint courses.

Sprint A 2.3 km 85 m climb 18 controls

1:4000 A4 map

Sprint B 2.1 km 100 m climb 22 controls

1:4000 A5 map

Novice 1.2 km 40 m climb 15 controls

1:2500 A4 map

5 m contours.

The map follows the sprint standard.

Drawn by Martin Bagness in 2018 and updated in 2023.

The map will be printed on waterproof paper.

Loose descriptions will be available.

How to choose a course

Entry Details

Entries are open online via SI Entries here, online entry will close at 23:59 on Sun 3rd September, some entry on the day will also be available.

Entry Fees:

£6 M/W21+
£4 M/W20- and full-time students
Entries free for LOC junior members, £4 for non-LOC juniors

If entering on the day, the correct change would be much appreciated please.
A family group intending to go round this course together should just enter once. Please fill in the box for details of others in your group. You will just use one SI Card (dibber) between you but you can buy extra maps using the “extras” on SI Entries for £1.

Registration and Start times

Starts 17.30 until 18.30 Courses close at 19:00.

Registration will offer entry on the day (EOD) opening at 17:00, and SI cards (dibbers) will be available for those who do not have them.

Please start early if you think you will take over 30 minutes per course.


Toilets at Kendal Golf Club.

Dog restrictions

The area is popular with dog walkers. Keep dogs on leads.

Contacts / Officials

Planner Matt Rooke

Controller Dick Towler

Series Matt Rooke

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