Mountain Bike Orienteering -  Grizedale Forest

Sat 16 Oct 2021

This is a Mountain Bike Orienteering event with linear courses, planned and organised by Lakeland Orienteering Club as part of the BMBO series.

Entry will be by pre-entry which is now open using the BMBO entry system, more details are available in the 'Registration and Start Times' section.

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

Come and have a go! If you can ride a bike and navigate you can do MTBO! Contact Claire () for more information.

There is also a Lakes MBO score format event in Langdale on Sunday 17th October so maybe make a weekend of it! More details on BMBO website.

Covid considerations

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

Type of event: Other
Type of terrain: Forest

Info updated: Sat 25 Sep

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Satterthwaite

Directions / Parking

Parking will be on forest roads, turn off road to West opposite Bowkerstead Farm at GR SD336914.

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Registration & Start Times

Entries will only be taken by pre-entry which are now open using the BMBO entry system.

Entries will close on the 11th October.

Starts will be available between 10.30 and 12.30.

Course Information

The following courses will be offered (details TBC):

Course Distance (km) Controls
A (Long) 27.1 18
B (Medium) 17.6 15
C (Short) 10.9 12
D (Beginner) 7.5 12

Courses will close at 15.00.

The map was last used in 2016 and has been fully updated in 2021.

This is a linear (point-to-point) mountain bike orienteering event. Riders must visit the controls in sequence as quickly as they can! The distances are all straight line distances but you will have to stick to paths, tracks or roads so the optimal route may be around 30 - 40% longer than the straight lines. Climbs will be dependent on the rider’s route choice. 

Courses A (long), B (medium), C (short) will be full courses where challenges will include choosing the best route for your mountain bike skills and fitness (such as whether to climb a steep track or go round a longer distance on forest roads), navigating legs with a series of complex junctions and changes in direction, and some legs on technical mountain bike trails (NOT downhill trails!)

Course D (junior/beginner) will be the equivalent of an Orange/Yellow. It will have less navigation challenge with controls closer together and with less navigational decisions between them. The course will remain on forest roads and tracks which are easier to ride in terms of technical mountain bike skills and physical demands.

The event team will be very happy to talk to beginners and people who haven’t done MTBO before.

There will be a safety control after the Finish, please punch there as you go past as it is an important part of our safety strategy.

The parking will be on forest tracks so the Start will be 1.5 - 2.5km from parking, and return from the Finish will be between 0.5 - 1.5km from assembly.

The route to the Start will go past the Finish, so riders can leave extra clothing etc at finish on the way to start if they wish to do so.

Please remember to return to Download as soon as possible when you have finished your run.

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:

  • Senior BMBO member £10
  • Senior non-member (day rider) £12
  • Junior £6.

The age classes used will be based on the BMBO standard. 

People are encouraged to join BMBO - it is £8 annually for adults and free for juniors, and gives access and reduced entry fees to a wide range of mountain biking orienteering and other navigation events.

Juniors under 14 to be accompanied by a senior rider.

Terrain Description

Grizedale is a large area of mixed forest and woodland in the south Lakes. There is an extensive network of forest roads and tracks as well as other paths and specific mountain bike trails (some of which are one-directional riding). The area is undulating with some options of sustained and/or steep climbs especially on longer courses. The area will challenge route choice and navigational skills, as well as riding skills and fitness.


All riders take part at their own risk etc.

All riders must wear a BSI approved cycling helmet at all times during the event (including while warming up and riding to/from start/ finish).

They should all carry a whistle and a mobile phone.

Riders are encouraged to carry a pump and spare inner tube or puncture repair kit.

Since this is a Lakeland forest area please remember that you need to wear or carry appropriate clothing. If the weather is inclement, waterproof jackets may be required/advised on the day.

There are many public routes through the compeittion areas – please behave courteously.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/organiser: Claire Heppenstall 07908 336823

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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