SEE 7 - Kirkstone Inn

The final event of the 2018 SEE series

Wed 18 Jul 2018


Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Fell

Info updated: Thu 19 Jul


Pre Event Info

Post Event Social

This will be the final event in the SEE series, and unusually parking will be just across the road from a pub! A great opportunity to round off the series with some social time!

I have discussed with the Kirkstone Pass Inn, and they can accommodate a group of up to 20 people, more if we take a chance on finding seating. Pre-ordering is not essential, but is preferred in order to speed up food preparation time: without it all dishes would be prepared individually to order, and could take a while if the Inn is busy.

Thanks to those members who have already said they would like to join in for a meal. If you are interested but have not yet been in touch, please let me (Alan Heppenstall) know by Friday 6th July. I will then circulate the menu and take food orders.

You are welcome to visit the Inn for a drink only without the meal - no need to prearrange, just turn up!

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.


Nearest town: Ambleside

Directions / Parking

Parking in the car park at Kirkstone Pass at LA22 9LQ.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be from 17.00 - 18.15 in the car park at top of Kirkstone Pass, (NY401081)

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. but it may be possible to start earlier if everything is ready.

Courses close at 20.00.

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 - 3.8km / 240m

  • Short - 2.8km / 145m (cut-off of long)

  • Score - 10 controls, 30 minutes

One technical course will be available with long and short versions. The short course has 2 cut-off legs, with a 'SHORT ONLY' control in the first cut-off, please make sure you punch it for the short course. The nature of the area does not allow a linear course at less than TD5.

For juniors or less experienced orienteers there will be a 30 minute score course. This remains on the ridge of St. Raven's Edge, therefore is less committing than the long/short. Although controls may be taken in any order, the most logical progression will start with three TD2 controls, increasing to TD3 and TD4. It will feel much harder if the cloud is down on the evening of the event!

It is recommended that only runners who are confident on TD5 courses should enter the long or short courses. For the score event, juniors who normally run at yellow standard should either go in pairs or be shadowed by an experienced adult.

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

The mapped area is comprised of typical fell terrain, much of it highly technical with many "black" features (crags, boulders, etc). There are few line features. Other than the lower part of Woundale, which courses do not visit, all the mapped area is above the height of Kirkstone Pass, i.e. 1500 feet / 450m. Courses will stay entirely above this height. There is a benefit to this - NO BRACKEN anywhere in the areas visited! On the downside, navigating could be highly challenging in bad weather / low cloud. The serious nature of the area is reflected in the course structure.


The nearest toilets are in Ambleside, those in the pub must only be used by customers.

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.

A whistle must be carried.

Dogs allowed?

None on event area (sheep and possibly lambs), and  on lead in the car park. 

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Alan Heppenstall 015395 34793 / 07795 693662

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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