Lakeland Orienteering Club

Orrest Head , WindermereWed 24 Aug

Park Series Event 2/4

Local level event

What does this mean?

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.

Terrain type: Fell






Thank you all for joining us at Orrest Head tonight for the latest event in this Park Series. We hope you enjoyed the courses and views and the challenge of running around the area !

Many thanks as always to Kath the Planner, Jerry as Safety Controller Graham as Series Co-ordinator and the SI Team of Ali & Mike. Plus Charles for parking and all the volunteer control collectors !

Planners Comments:

When I was asked if I fancied trying planning this event, I wasn’t sure I had the skills or experience to do it. It’s been a steep learning curve with lots of hours studying the map and the ground and visiting every single knoll, crag, wall, path, boulder, tree etc in the area. I now have more understanding and appreciation of the work that goes into course planning.

Luckily Orrest Head is a beautiful area to spend time on with some very nice features. It also has lots of uncrossable walls to consider and there were inevitable climbs from the starts (sorry!).

After various drafts and redrafts of the routes, we got there in the end with courses that I hope were enjoyed.

Thanks to Graham for nurturing me through the planning process and protocol, Jerry for stepping in and helping to set up and everyone for the lovely support on the day of the event.

Last updated: Wed 31 August, 2022

Location Info

Near: Windermere
Lat,Lng: 54.38835,-2.91408
Postcode: LA23 1NH
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The pins on the maps show the location of the parking, the start may be some distance away

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Directions / Parking

Off A591 take A952 to Troutbeck- 400m on right

£1 parking fee

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

Full leg cover isn’t compulsory but lower leg cover recommended.

Fast open grassland with small blocks of woodland.

Significant climb. Walls that must not be climbed.

If the weather is bad you may be required to carry a hooded waterproof jacket, and potentially hat, gloves and waterproof trousers. You should bring these to the event and notices will be displayed in the car park and at the start.

You are advised to carry a whistle.

Course Information


A 2.1 km 110 m climb 12 controls

B 1.8 km 125 m climb 12controls

Yellow 1.5 km 45 m climb 10 controls

Scale 1:5000 and 5m contours.

Map last updated in year 2021.

The map will be size A4 and printed on waterproof paper.

Distance to start and climb: 400m

Distance from finish: 400m

Course closing time: 19:30 ... Kites will be collected from this time

How to choose a course

Entry Details

Pre-entries via SI Entries here.

£6 M/W21+

£4 M/W20- and full-time students

£1 Car Parking charge on arrival.

You can select to pay with LOC vouchers on SI Entries, just enter the code for this series

(request it via email from and hand vouchers in at SI on the night.

Very limited entry on the day for Sprint courses. £7 for seniors and £4 for juniors and students. Correct change please.

Entry on the day is possible for the Yellow but you can also pre-enter.

A family group intending to go round this course together should just enter once. Please fill in the box for details of others in your group.

You will just use one SI Card (dibber) between you but you can buy extra maps using the “extras” on SI Entries for £1.


  • Two children together: Pay £4 plus an optional extra £1
  • Adult and two children: Pay £6 plus an optional extra of £2

Registration and Start times

Starts 17.00 until 19.00

Registration for the Yellow course, which is particularly aimed at families, juniors and novice runners, pre-entry & entry on the day (EOD), opening at 16.45, and SI cards (dibbers) and compasses will be available for those who do not have them.



Dog restrictions

No dogs in area, livestock

Contacts / Officials

Series Graham Capper

Planner Kathryn Savage

Safety Graham Capper

Nearest A&E Hospital

Barrow A&E or Westmoreland Small Injuries Kendal
NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

Livestock have been grazing and may be in the area, check for ticks.

Patches of thistles & nettles, lower leg cover advised.


You must not climb any walls. Use the marked crossing points.

Courses are longer & more physical than the previous week.

There are 2 starts, close but separated by a wall and some storm damage.

The area is popular with walkers, please take care on footpaths and crossing points.

Please start your first run as early as possible.