NWOA Galoppen - Black Beck & Dockney Parrock

Part of the 2018 NWOA Galoppen series

Sun 11 Feb 2018

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Fell, Heathland, Woodland

Info updated: Mon 12 Feb


Event Report

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


Nearest town: Bouth

Directions / Parking

Car parking is very limited for the event and the main parking is at Old Hall farm.
Cars will be directed from Haverthwaite crossroads - full cars/minibuses (a 'full' car is driver and 3 passengers) can proceed to Old Hall Farm grid ref 325855, but all other cars will park up on old A590 road. It is then the individual orienteer's responsibility to organise themselves a lift or fill up their own car. Once the car is full then they will be directed to Old Hall Farm.

If you do not have a full car you will be directed from A590 to the old road near Haverthwaite where you can either find 3 passengers or hitch a ride with someone else. On arrival at the assembly area (Old Hall Farm) there is a large tent for bags and changing so it is not expected that you will have to take back the same people who came with you if that does not suit. However you will be expected to give a ride to 3 people in order to return them to their vehicles on the old road.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation in this regard, the 'rules' will be applied.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be between 10.00 and 12.00.

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and improve  the information accuracy for the results. Note that the allocation of BO Ranking points also requires the BO number to be provided.

Start times will be from 10.30 - 12.30, with a 10 minute walk to the start on a flat public footpath. The finish is a few minutes from the assembly area.

Course Information

The usual Galoppen courses will be provided:

Courses                        Length (km            Climb (m)  Controls          Map Scale
Brown 8.9 380 28 1:10000
Blue 6.0 230 20 1:10000
Green 5.0 210 17 1:7500
Short Green 3.4 150 16 1:7500
Light Green 3.3 140 13 1:7500
Orange 2.5 80 11 1:7500
Yellow 1.8 60 11 1:7500
White 1.4 50 10 1:7500

There will not be a string course. 

All maps will be laser printed on waterproof paper, but not tear proof.  There will be no legend on the maps - loose copies of the legend may be available at registration if required.

Control Descriptions will be on the front of the map for all courses. They will be in written format for White and Yellow courses, but pictorial for all other courses. Loose control descriptions will be available.

It is a 10min walk to the start on a flat public footpath. The finish is a few minutes from the assembly area.

There will be ONE start  but TWO start triangles, one for White/Yellow and another one for ALL other courses.

For courses other than white and yellow the start triangle is on a wall corner, where there will be a double stile to cross at this point. However,there will be a punching start to allow runners to stagger their starts and to avoid queuing at stiles.

All runners MUST punch (physical punch) the Safety control positioned after the finish - this is our primary way to confirm whether a runner has finished in the event of an apparently missing runner. 

Courses will close at 14:30.  If you cannot complete your course by this time please retire as the nature of the area requires swift action in the event of a missing competitor and we will not delay contacting the Mountain Rescue.


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 on the day only

Seniors - £6 with an additional £2 for non-BOF members
Junior & Students - £2

SI card (not SIACs) hire - £1, note that there will be a £30 charge for lost SI cards.

Terrain Description

White and Yellow courses will only use Dockney Parrock, all other courses will use Dockney Parrock, and a moorland area which will involve crossing a minor road - please take care.

Only Green, Blue and Brown will visit Black Beck Woods which will involve crossing a number of fields. The crossing points through the fields will be clearly taped and in the main, will be gates which will be left partially open. Please leave gates as you find them and there is another minor road to be crossed - please take care.

The fields that link Black Beck offer fast open running and hence these courses are longer than BOF recommended guide lines.

Black Beck is typical runnable Lakeland wood with the usual rock and contour features. As it is a working forest there maybe some extra paths not indicted on the map and you may well come across wooden sculptures!

The moorland again offers fast running and is grazed by sheep with a number of fences, they MUST only be crossed at the marked crossing points. Please leave gates as you find them.

Dockney Parrock has rock and contour features with a network of paths and in general the forest is slow. There are a number of fenced enclosures which are uncrossable and windblown is best avoided!



Charlotte and Alex who own the farm are opening the cafe especially for our event so please consider partaking of their food. They are aware that we will have 300 (potentially) hungry orienteers so are planning food on that basis.  


Since this is a Lake District woodland area in winter all runners should dress appropriately and must carry a whistle and it may be compulsory to carry a cagoule and a whistle must be carried. 

Remember that you orienteer at your own risk.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are welcome in the car parking area provided they are under control and owners clear up any mess.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Cliff Etherden

Organiser: Judy Filmore

Controller: Anne Wilson

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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