Night Terrain - Guards Wood

Part of 2015-16 LOC Winter season

Wed 3 Feb 2016

Type of event: Local, Night
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sun 14 Feb


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Coniston

Directions / Parking

Roadside of Shepherd’s Bridge Lane at SD 304978; please park tidily.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.30 - 18.15.

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

Open start times will be from 17.45 - 18.30.

There will be an optional Mass Start at 18.30 for those who prefer that format.

Course Information

Convoluted phi loops etc.

 - Long course - 4.1km

 - Short course – 3.3km



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

All runners must carry a suitable lamp and should also carry a backup lamp.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

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: £4 with an additional £2 for non-BOF runners
Junior & Students: £2

Terrain Description

Guards Wood is a small, typical steep wooded south lakes area, generally runnable with a few rock features; low crags and some boulders. The boundary of the area is clear being surrounded by walls and fields.

Don't cross any fences; these guard the dangerous quarry crags.

There are a few new unmapped windblown individual trees that can be avoided by looking ahead.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/planner: Derek Allison

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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