Night Terrain 4 - Skelghyll Woods

Part of 2019/2020 Night Event Series

Wed 5 Feb 2020

The controls, including the finish, will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls.

If you are using contactless punching there is no need to touch the control boxes, and it has been noted that some runners hit them hard enough to knock them out of the ground and potentially damage the control box. Please don't do this because a failed control would disrupt the event results for all the competitors.

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

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.

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

Info updated: Sat 8 Feb


Event Report

Please send any queries or comments about the results to loc_si( AT )

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Ambleside

Directions / Parking

Please car share if possible with a view to minimising our impact on climate change and also to reduce the parking requirements.

Please car share if possible with a view to minimising our impact on climate change and also to reduce the parking requirements.

Registration & Download will be at The Lakeside Bar, YHA Ambleside. Parking available at the nearby Pay & Display car parks, or on roadside parking. Please note - there is NO event car parking available at the YHA.

Registration & Start Times

Registration is in the The Lakeside Bar, where of course there are toilets!

Why not stay after the event and join us for a drink and/or a meal in the pub?

Volunteers to collect controls will be welcome, which will enable an earlier drink in the pub to be had!

Registration will be from 17.30.

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 18.00 - 18.30 but runners who will find it difficult to start by 18.30 should contact the organiser. There is no mass start, and runners should start at least 30 seconds apart.

Some competitors may be asked to stay until 19.30 when courses close in case someone fails to return on time.

Course Information

There will be 2 courses on offer:

  • Long - 2.9km / 17 controls
  • Short - 2.2 / 10 controls

Courses will close at 19.30 and you must return to DOWNLOAD as soon as possible even if you retire to avoid the event team having to initiate a search at the end of the event.

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
  • Junior & Students: £2

Hire dibbers wil be available, free of charge but with a £30 charge if lost.

Terrain Description

Skelghyll Woods is a tough little technical woodland area, of mixed mature deciduous and coniferous trees on a steep hillside overlooking Ambleside. The map is 1:5,000 and drawn by Martin Bagness. Underfoot conditions make for physically challenging running. There are many large crags and the courses are planned to avoid these. Small crags, boulders and contour features predominate, and there are many marked paths along with some recent (unmarked) mountain bike trails. The courses avoid the need to use most of these paths!! A wall and fields surrounds the boundary of the woodland.



Competitors must carry a suitable lamp, a reserve torch, a mobile phone and a whistle.

In bad weather waterproof jackets must also be carried or worn, in which case this will be notified at registration. Waterproof overtrousers, a hat and gloves may also be made compulsory if the weather is more extreme. Competitors are encouraged to carry a mobile telephone so that they can summon assistance in the event of an incident.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Graham Patten

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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