Night terrain - Cartmel Park

The first terrain event of 2016-17 LOC Winter Night Series

Wed 16 Nov 2016

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

Info updated: Wed 16 Nov


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Cartmel

Directions / Parking

Parking in the main car park on the west side of Cartmel village (approach through the village square). GR SD376787. Please note that this is Pay & Display until 1800.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.30.

Runners under 16 will not be allowed except at the discretion of the organiser.

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 is no mass start, and runners should start at least 30 seconds apart.

Some competitors may be asked to stay until 20.00 in case someone fails to return on time.

Course Information

A long (3.5km / 100m) and a short course (2.2km / 70m) will be offered. The short course will partly be a subset of the long course.



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

The area consists of three chunks of woodland, two of which cover ridges with some rock features. There is a fairly extensive path network, but in the area known as the Dolly Woods (the SE chunk) many of the paths are overgrown and hard to identify, even in daylight. Main paths are OK and easy to follow. Bracken and bramble cover is widespread, but courses are planned as far as possible to avoid the worst areas.

Please wear suitable clothing.


There are no toilets in the parking/assembly area.

Dogs allowed?

On lead only.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Alan Heppenstall 01539 534793

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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