SEE 6 - Sizergh Castle

Part of 2018 SEE series

Wed 4 Jul 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.

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.

There will also be SAFETY controls after the FINISH which must be punched by all runners - this is necessary to enable us to confirm that all runners have returned from the course.

Type of event: Local

Info updated: Wed 4 Jul


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Levens / Sizergh Castle

Directions / Parking

Sizergh Castle entrance at SD501873

Parking will be at the Sizergh Castle NT car park.  This is a pay and display car park for non-NT members, fees £2 for 1 hour, £4 for 2 hours, £6 for 4 hours.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.00.

Runners using their own SI cards are requested to bring them to registration to streamline the registration process and optimise the information accuracy for the results.

Starts will be from 17.30 - 18.30.

Both courses will have a punching start and there will not be a mass start, runners should not start within 30 seconds of another runner.

Course Information

  • Long Technical - 5.3km/140m
  • Short Technical - 3.8km/100m
  • Yellow - 2.3km/50m

The Short course will be a cutoff version of the long course with a unique control in the cutoff leg.

The start will be 200m and the finish 400m from parking

Courses will close at 20.00, please return to download immediately after finishing even if you retire.

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 - £4 with an additional £2 for non-BOF members
Junior & Students - £2

Hire SI cards will be available, no hire fee but £30 cost if lost.

Terrain Description

Open grassland, enclosed fields  and woodland.  The technical courses use the wood on the western side of the Levens to Brigsteer road.  Please take care when crossing this road.  The road, apart from the crossing point, is OOB.  The Yellow course does not cross this road.

There are many walls which must only be crossed using marked crossing points.

Please close all gates.

The long/short courses will encounter slopes with loose stone and some ‘prickly’ vegetation.  Some paths have become indistinct due to seasonal vegetation.


The NT café and toilets close at 5pm.

This is an exposed area of the Lake District. All runners must dress appropriately and may be required to carry or wear a waterproof caguole.

Full leg cover must be worn on the long/short courses.  Shorts may be worn on the yellow course.

A whistle must be carried.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs will be allowed on a lead due to the presence of cattle and sheep.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: John Pullin

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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