Devon Orienteering


Devon & Cornwall Night League 2: Haldon Forest Park

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Sat 5 Jan 2019

Info updated: 06th Jan
Type of event: Night
Type of terrain: Woodland


Results: Haldon Night Event 

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This is the first night event we have run at Haldon for many years ( if at all)   and it proved to be a good and popular venue. Hopefully all those who made the trip enjoyed their runs.

I have to admit we were caught out by the numbers who attended. We managed to get everyone out on the course of their choice and thanks to three people for their patience and the returning runners who passed on their maps.  For Devon night events 61 people is probably the highest attendance ever and it’s given us a few things to think about.

The majority of competitors were fairly (or very) experienced which was the group I was aiming at. Haldon forest is a great venue with a good path network but it is both a big forest and a dark one where a powerful torch is an absolute must.

My thanks to Alan Simpson for running the SI and Tom Lillicrap and Ben Stevens for filling in at the start , registration and more.

Steve Perrelle

Organiser, planner  & chief dish washer

Pre Event Information

Our next night event is taking place at Haldon Forest Park so if you are used to running in the light why not have a go at Night Orienteering.

Haldon has a good path network and comparatively sheltered area might be the perfect place to introduce you to something a bit different. Some people swear by night events …. others swear at them… but come what may they can be fun and certainly challenging.  It's not suitable for absolute beginners as they have enough issues finding their way around in the daylight.

As always on these events there is an Orange course which keeps you on or close to paths at all times or you can try a Jade or Green course which are more technical and generally longer options. Having said that at night it often pays to use your line features as guides even on the technical courses as some certainty as to where you are is nice!

What’s the most important bit of kit you need?   That’s a head torch, and the more powerful the better. The more light you can send out the easier it becomes. Whistles are compulsory and you should carry two torches just in case one dies on you! Cagoules are advisable but dress for the weather as always.    


Nearest town: Exeter

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 1700 in the main car park.

Start: 1730 -1830

Courses close: 1930

Course Information

Orange   2.8 km    Climb 90m    12 Controls
Jade       2.9 km    Climb 80m    10 controls
Green     4.0 km    Climb 105m  13 controls

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 fees: £5 for Adults and Groups and £3 for Juniors.  

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