Night League event - Esthwaite Intake

Part of the North-West Night League

Sat 13 Jan 2018

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

Info updated: Sat 13 Jan


Pre Event Info

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, although if you are the first runner through a control you may need to physically punch it to switch it out of standby. However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.


Nearest town: Hawkshead

Directions / Parking

The event venue is about halfway between Hawkshead and from the Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre as on the Google Map available above.

Parking is on forest roads, east of the public road at GR SD 342 964. Nearest Post Code LA22 0QQ, just South of Moor Top, approximately 2km south of Hawkshead and 2km north of the Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre.

The parking fee is £1.50/car.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.30 - 18.30.

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 - 19.00 and runners must start at least 30 seconds apart. Any competitors in doubt about finishing by 20.00 should start before 18.30.

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

Course Information

The following courses will be offered:

  • Blue 4km          
  • Green 3.2km 
  • Orange 2.1km

The start is 700m along tracks and runners will pass the finish on the way (ca 600m) so there is the opportunity to leave clothing at the finish area. Distances are from the road corner (GR: SD346956 ) and so participants could have up to an additional 500m dependent on parking.

Courses will close at 20.00 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.

A whistle, a suitable lamp and a spare lamp or battery must be carried. 

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 £6
  • Juniors £3

Hire dibbers are available free and must be returned at download, but with a £30 charge if lost or damaged.

Terrain Description

The ground is very wet at the moment so can be slow going in place, do not attempt to cross anything indicated as forbidden on the map.

There are some pieces of barbed wire on the ground, especially around the final control of the night courses, please be careful.

There are some areas of clear felling which participants will cross as well as some areas of wind blow which have been avoided as much as possible.



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.

A suitable lamp and a spare lamp or battery must be carried

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Hollie Orr

Organiser: Judy / Steve Burge

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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