Devon Orienteering


Devon League Event 3: Ashclyst Forest

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& QO Forest League 3

Sun 24 Nov 2019

Info updated: 25th Nov
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland


Results: Ashclyst 24.11.19 

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Planner's Report: Last March, once most of the controls had been put out on the Saturday and Sunday, it looked like each of the courses made good use of the varied woodland and tracks which make up Ashclyst Forest. Early spring is probably the best time to use this particular area, when bracken and brambles have died back over winter.  High winds meant the event could not go ahead. However, we did not want to lose the work which had already been put in, and the associated map printing, and therefore we re-arranged for November.

Since then, of course, there has been recent thinning, felling and forestry work in various forest blocks, combined with a fair amount of rain. As a result, the going was slow in places, reflected in the course times, most notably on the more technical courses. 

The majority of people seemed to really enjoy the technical and physical challenge; some less so, particularly if the mud or thicker vegetation got the better of them. All in all, it was great to see so many people taking part, especially from QO; this event comprising part of both Devon and QO leagues. 

My thanks in particular to Matt Atkins, for Controlling the event, intervening and advising where necessary, and having visited the forest more times than he might have intended!  

Many thanks also to The National Trust for allowing us to use the car park and forest for the event; their staff could not have been more helpful and supportive. Bryan Smith


More photographs can be seen at the foot of the page. In the meantime, many thanks to all of the officials and helpers for the time and effort they put into the event, the second time round for a few, following high winds in March forcing a postoponement.  

It was great to see such a good turn-out, despite the warnings about having to cope with the tracks, mud and brashings resulting from recent forestry workings! 

This photograph shows four competitors who between them ran the White, Yellow and Orange courses; well done to you all!

Pre Event Information

We hope you can join us for the 3rd Devon League event of the season at Ashclyst Forest (National Trust), near Exeter. This event is also the first of our annual joint league events with QO. As usual, all ages, all abilities, all welcome!

Please note: This event was first planned for 3rd March 2019 as a Regional event but was cancelled at short notice due to high winds.

The event will therefore use maps and courses originally intended for the March event. 

In the meantime, contractors working on behalf of The National Trust have been engaged in some thinning activity within parts of the forest. This work has not yet been completed. Whilst there will be no forestry work taking place on the day of the event this has resulted in the creation of some new extraction lanes in the affected parts of the forest. This may affect runnability on a part of some courses. 

Please therefore see the map corrections which may affect your course, which cannot be shown on the recycled maps and courses from March 2019: Ashclyst Map Corrections

There has also been some very limited windblow since the previous event. 

As a result of the above, the event will now be a Local event, but, in essence, the same quality and variety of courses will be on offer. 

Map corrections will also be available for view at Registration and at the Start. 

For those who have a SIAC (contactless) dibber, you should be able to use it at this event, but please remember to dib at the start and finish. Traditional dibbers work normally. 

Toilets: Although we usually provide a toilet we have bean asked by the landowner not to have one at this location because of the possible risk of pollution. As such, please be prepared for this. The nearest toilets can be found in Broadclyst village  and the car park at Killerton (National Trust).


Nearest town: Budlake, nr Exeter

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in the Forest car park and will be signed from the B3181 at Budlake, east of Exeter (SS 985 001).  

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00 – 12.00
Starts 10.30 – 12.30
Courses closes 14.30, at which point we will start to collect the controls in.

Course Information

A full range of coulour coded courses will be provided: White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue, Brown.

Course details, subject to final controlling: 

Course Length Climb No of Controls
White 1.5 km 40m 10
Yellow 2.1 km 55m 10
Orange 2.6 km 65m 12
Light Green 3.2 km 80m 12
Short Green 2.8 km 120m 11
Green 3.7 km 115m 14
Blue 5.6 km 185m  17
Brown 7.7 km 210 m 24

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: Seniors £10, Juniors (& Light Green and below Seniors) £3, Dibber hire £1
Punch type: SI

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Steve Perrelle ()

Planner: Bryan Smith

Controller: 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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