Devon Orienteering


Burrator, Norsworthy Bridge

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Devon League Event 4:

Sun 26th Jan 2014

Info updated: 21st Oct
Type of event: Local-(D)
Type of terrain: Moorland, Forest


26.1.14 Burrator Results

(Please ignore the Brown 2 and Blue 2 Results -these were the alternative courses prepared by the Planner, if required.)

Organiser's Comments: One of the consequences of the access restrictions that Dartmoor National Park place upon our club is that we do tend to hold our events on Dartmoor in the winter months when the weather is likely to add to the already challenging nature of the terrain.  This season’s event at Norsworthy Bridge at the eastern end of Burrator was destined to explore the boundaries of whether an event is safe or not.  On the scheduled date, 5th January, the event was cancelled due to forecasts of rain and high winds.  On the rearranged date, 26th January, rain was again predicted but the winds were forecast to be at a safer level and Matt Atkins had prepared alternative courses to ensure that river crossings would be at Norsworthy Bridge if needed. The forecasts were uncannily accurate with early heavy rain giving way to sporadic drizzle and heavier showers, with even the odd dry period. Since the stream was not running as high as feared it was decided to stick with the original courses.  54 hardy souls took part in the orienteering and all returned safely, most with glowing comments on the courses.  My thanks are due to our helpers on the day, many of whom spent up to 3 hours braving the elements:  Ann Hughes, Roger and Jill Green, Alan Simpson, Ella Bowles, Vivienne and Nicholas Maxwell, Sean Rowe, Tom Snow, Ben Chesters, Steve Perrelle and the boys from Torquay Boys' Grammar School who collected the controls. Finally a big thank you to Matt Atkins (planner) and Andy Reynolds (controller up to 24th Jan) for providing interesting and challenging courses.

Pre Event Information

This is the re-arranged event from 5th January 2014 due to previous weather conditions forcing postponement.

Details Burrator (Norsworthy Bridge)

Flier Burrator (Norsworthy Bridge)

Please bring a cagoule and whistle.  Whilst it is always advisable to carry a whistle, in the event of adverse conditions cagoule and whistle may be made mandatory.

Take care when crossing streams and use the crossing points to negotiate the leats.

Please take care leaving the parking area and crossing Norsworthy Bridge as this is on a public road.

Please respect other users of the area, particularly riders.

Competitors may encounter cattle and wild ponies, please take care not to alarm them.

Remember to download, even if you do not complete your course.

Toilets: The public toilets at Burrator Lodge will be open. For the toilets, park just after the road junction at the Burrator dam and walk along the road to the Lodge.  There are also public toilets at Yelverton - access from A386 just south of roundabout. showing toilets, parking for toilets and assembly area

Dogs: On lead - sheep in area


Nearest town: Yelverton

Directions / Parking

Directions will be signed from the B3212 at Dousland (SX537689).

Please follow the road signs along the west side of the reservoir to Norsworthy Bridge.

Toilets: The public toilets at Burrator Lodge will be open. For the toilets, park just after the road junction at the Burrator dam and walk along the road to the Lodge.  There are also public toilets at Yelverton - access from A386 just south of roundabout.

Event Parking: Parking will be at Norsworthy Bridge parking area and on the road side to the south. 

Starts and finishes about 5 minutes walk (signed). 

Registration & Start Times

Registration     10.00 – 12.30

Starts              10.30 – 12.45

Courses Close 14.30

Course Information

There are 8 courses to choose from, from 2km -9km.

The courses available are: White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue, Brown. (See final details for individual course length and height).

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

All courses are Entry On Day.  

Fees: Seniors £7, Juniors £2, Families (with Juniors) £2

The event will use SI: Dibber hire  £1

Contacts / Officials

Organiser:     Graham Dugdale  01626 852944 or 07503331356

Planner:         Matt Atkins

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns to our national governing organisation, British Orienteering, please email .

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