Night Terrain - Tarn Hows

Part of 2016-17 LOC Winter Night Series

Wed 18 Jan 2017

The controls will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls. However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start and finsh 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: Wed 18 Jan


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Coniston

Directions / Parking

Parking in Tarn Hows National Trust pay & display car park. Free to NT members otherwise £4.50 for 2 hours.

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.

The start is 10 minutes brisk walk. Finish to download 200m. Runners under 16 at the Organiser's discretion and only with the Organiser's advance permission. 01229 583371

Open start times will be from 17.45 - 19.00. 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

Long: 3.4km 150m climb

Short:2.2km 80m climb



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

Terrain Description

Typical rocky Lakeland terrain. A mixture of open fell and mixed woodland. Hazards include a lake, areas of bracken, tree roots, fallen trees, loose stone and rocks, marshy ground, steep slopes and crags. Crags will not be taped but courses have been planned to avoid the worst hazards. The area is generally good runability but please exercise great caution whilst descending.


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 also a backup lamp.

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Simon Filmore 01229 583371

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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