SEE 5 - Kirkstone Inn

Part of the LOC 2021 Summer Evening Series

Wed 30 Jun 2021

Entries for this event will be by pre-entry only for the Long and Short courses using SIEntries based on 15 minute time blocks - see 'Registration & Start Times' section. Entries have now closed on SIEntries here

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Wed 30 Jun


Event Report

Thanks to Alan for planning a good event on challenging area, and the weather was excellent. The results and splits are as attached, also the Routegadget. 

Please send any comments or queries about the results to .

Pre Event Info

Entries for the Orange course will use Entry on the day (EOD) but the details of this are described in the 'Registration & Start Times' section.

Splits printouts will be provided at Download but there will be NO results on display at the event. The results will be presented on the LOC website ASAP afterwards as usual.

The Start list including times will be included after the pre-entry closes in the 'Registration & Start Times' section.

As usual the controls including the Finish will be SiAC enabled.

Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Remember that we must operate under the BOF and Government guidelines in terms of Coronavirus (COVID 19) so please consider the following before entering and note that it is important that everyone observes the restrictions.

Fitness to Attend

Competitors must not attend the event if any of the following apply and will be asked to sign to that effect as part of entry process:

They or someone in their household have displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days
They or someone in their household has been tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days
The test and trace service has asked them to self-isolate at the present time
A medical professional has advised or asked them to self-isolate in the past 14 days

Social Distancing

We insist that everyone follows the Government and BOF’s Covid guidelines but trust everyone will be using their common sense to ensure that all competitors are as safe as possible. This includes the parking field, the Start, Finish and Download.  

To prevent transmission of the virus hand sanitiser must be used where provided, particularly before Registration, map pickup (at the Start) and Download.

We respectfully ask you to arrive shortly before you need to go your start  for your start time, and to leave the event shortly after you have finished and downloaded. 

Anyone coming will be expected to adhere to social distancing measures at all times, only travelling to the event with members of their own household or bubble, keeping 2 metres apart whilst attending and using hand sanitiser/washing their hands as appropriate, particularly at the Start and Download.


Nearest town: Ambleside/Patterdale/Troutbeck

Directions / Parking

Parking will be opposite the Kirkstone Inn at NY 401 080 at the summit of Kirkstone Pass. Please park in the far end of the car park.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be by pre-entry only using SIEntries based on 15 minute time blocks for the Long and Short courses. Entries are now closed on SIEntries here and close on the 27th June. The final start list is posted here in PDF form.

Start times for the Long and Short courses will be available from 16.45 until 18.30.

Registration for the Orange course, which is particularly aimed at families, juniors and novice runners, will be by entry on the day (EOD), opening at 16.45, and SI cards (dibbers) and compasses will be available for those who do not have one. However, these competitors must register by e-mail to Carol McNeill by e-mail <> in order to book an entry and we request that novice runners should start by 17.45 at the latest. Entries on the Orange course must go to the separate Orange Registration Point.

Some competitors may be asked to stay until 19.30 when courses close in case someone fails to return on time.

Course Information

3 courses will be offered, details TBC:

Course Distance (km) Climb (m) Controls
Long 3.9 * 285 20
Short 2.7 125 15
Orange 1.8 90 12

* Distance and climb are based on the direct line control to control. Alternative route choices could alter the distance/climb to approximately 4.3km/240m.

The starts and finish will be on St Raven's Edge at a vertical height of 120m above the Kirkstone Pass Inn.

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
  • Juniors/Students:   £3

Terrain Description

Kirkstone is an upland fell area offering orienteering in fell conditions. Much of the terrain is highly technical with many "black" features (crags, extensive boulderfields, etc). The mapped area consists of St Raven’s Edge, the head of Woundale to its east, and a section of the ridge east of Woundale, shown as Hart Crag on the OS map.

There is one footpath that climbs from Kirkstone Pass to the top of St Raven’s Edge (steep and scrambly towards the top) then follows the edge north and eastwards round the head of Woundale, following the line of a wall, partly ruined. Other than this there are few line features.

All courses reach heights of over 590m at St Raven’s Edge, and the long technical at Hart Crag, creating the risk of having to navigate in cloud in poor weather.

The starts and finish will be on St Raven's Edge at a vertical height of 120m above the Kirkstone Pass Inn.



Whistles are compulsory. 

Since this is a Lakeland fell area please remember that you need to wear or carry appropriate clothing. Full lower leg cover may be required, and cagoules may be compulsory on the day if the weather is inclement.


There will be no traders or food stalls.


There are no toilets in the car park. In emergency it may be possible to use those at the Kirkstone Pass Inn.

First aid and medical

First aid equipment will be available at the finish but please DIY if at all possible to avoid unnecessary contact.

Companions will be asked to take injured people to hospital if needed. 

Nearest local hospitals are:

Furness General Hospital, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 4LF. Phone: 01229 870870. Open 24 hours.
Westmorland General Hospital, Burton Road, Kendal LA9 7RG has an urgent treatment centre, which operates from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Phone: 01539 715577.

Although the courses are above bracken level, it is strongly recommended to check for ticks after competing.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/organiser: Alan Heppenstall

Safety controller: John Nash

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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