Devon Orienteering


Devon & Cornwall Night League 4: Haldon Forest

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Sat 11 Jan 2020

Info updated: 05th Feb
Type of event: Local, Night
Type of terrain: Forest


Haldon Night event results

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 line features at all times . The Jade is a little more technical and then there is the Green course which will make you think !. 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: Haldon Forest Park, Exeter

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 1700 in the main car park.

Start: 1730 -1830

Courses close: 1930

Course Information

Orange   3.1 km    Climb 80m      11 Controls
Jade       3.3 km    Climb 105m    12 controls
Green     4.0 km    Climb 160m    11 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 £3 for Juniors.  

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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