Park Race 3 - Brockhole and Cragwood

This event is rescheduled from October 13th 2018

Sun 9 Dec 2018

Type of event: Local, Sprint
Type of terrain: Parkland

Info updated: Sun 9 Dec


Event Report

Please send any comments or queries about the results to me (Dave Walton) at .

Note that it is the responsibility of the runners to check the accuracy of the data we have used in the results, e.g. club, age class, and that our source for those with their own SI cards is the Sportident SI card registration database.

Pre Event Info

This series of 3 events offers an introduction to orienteering for newcomers but also high speed racing for the experienced. A two part race, each of about 2.5km, for senior runners and a 'Mini' race aimed at younger children age 12 and under.

There are 3 events in the park series and the best 2 results will count to the overall series results with prize giving at this event. For the sprint overall result both courses must be run with the total time being used for the standings at each event.

Prizes for the Mini winners M/W12-, and junior M/W16-, veteran M/W50+ and Open M/W on the sprint. There might be a super vet category for a single sprint course if sufficient interest.

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.

If you are using contactless punching there is no need to touch the control boxes, and it has been noted that some runners hit them hard enough to knock them out of the ground and potentially damage the control box. Please don't do this because a failed control would disrupt the event results for all the competitors.

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.


Nearest town: Ambleside

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in the the main Brockhole car park which is normally pay and display but parking charges have been suspended for December so competitors will benefit from free parking.

Brockhole is signed on the A591 north of Windermere.

Do not take your car into Cragwood which is the entrance just south of Brockhole. 

Registration and start will be signed from the bottom (South end) of the car park with a walk of 150m.

Public Transport Options

The 555 bus passes Brockhole, or you could arrive by boat (Windermere Lake Cruises). Nearest railway station is Windermere and the get the 555 bus.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be open from 10:00.

Starts will be between 10:30 and 11:30.

Courses will close 12:30.

Course Information

  • 2 short sprint courses (A and B) - each 2.3km

  • 1 Mini sprint course - 0.9km

Runners either can do one of the sprint courses (either A or B) or both A and B. If doing both sprint courses you will punch a transition control when finishing the first, and another transition when you start the second. Do not clear your SI Card between courses. This will be explained in detail on this website in advance and at registration.

The map is 1:2500 ISSOM. This is a new map combining both areas and was produced by Martin Bagness in 2018.

Please be familiar with sprint specification symbols, particularly features that are forbidden to cross. There will be no legend on the map but copies will be at registration. Future use of the areas depends on competitors obeying these rules.

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 - £5.00
  • Juniors - £2.50
  • Family £12 (individual entries for two adults and two children under 18 from the same family)

If running both sprint courses you need an SI card that can take 50 punches. If you have a v5 or v8 card, or none at all, you will be able to borrow a high capacity one.

Pay once and run any two courses.

SI cards are available for hire, no cost but £40 replacement cost if lost. 

Terrain Description

Brockhole is a country park with formal gardens,  meadows, a wooded hill, and lakeshore.

Cragwood Country House Hotel is adjacent to Brockhole. It has not been used for a public orienteering event before. It features grasssed slopes, gardens and a woodland down to the lake. This wood has ornate rock gardens and some large crags!

Brockhole is open to the public and other activities will be taking place. Be careful on blind corners 

Cragwood is only open to hotel guests. Please be courteous to any you encounter in the grounds.


Brockhole is the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre. It has a cafe, gift shop, adventure playground, crazy golf, tree top trails and more. Visit their website for details.

Toilets will be available.

There is no access to Cragwood except when on your course, or as a hotel guest!

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are permitted in Brockhole only, on leads only.  They are not permitted in Cragwood therefore they must not accompany you on your course.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Mark Simmonds

Series coordinator: Matt Rooke

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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