NWOA Galoppen - Black Beck Woods

Part of the 2018 NWOA Galoppen series

Sun 11 Feb 2018

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.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Wed 22 Nov

Pre Event Info


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 can proceed to Old Hall Farm grid ref 325855 and all other cars will park up on old A590 road.

It is then 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.

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 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 <time> minutes (about <distance>) walk to the start from Registration and Assembly and back from the finish.

Course Information

The usual Galoppen courses will be provided:

Courses                       Length             Climb              Controls          Map Scale

  • Brown
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Short Green
  • Very Short Green
  • Light Green
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • White

<String Course - TBC>

All maps will be laser printed on waterproof, 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.

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. If you become badly lost, head <safety bearing>.


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

Details to follow



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?

Details to follow

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Cliff Etherden

Organiser: Judy Filmore

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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