Devon Orienteering


Devon League Event 3: Mutter’s Moor

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Sun 16th Dec 2018

Info updated: 18th Dec
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland






Great to see so many out today enjoying the blustery conditions!   Thanks as always to the event team - reports below. A cross section of those who braved the wind, rain and traffic hold-ups can be seen at the foot of the page. 

Planners' comments:

We are back home again after a lovely short break in Oxford (arranged before agreeing to plan the event), so our fulsome thanks to Tom (especially) and the rest of the team for taking over the planner's role once the maps had gone to print. The winning times were pretty well as hoped for, as we anticipated bad weather in mid-December. Thank goodness the event was relatively dry - though Saturday was, of course, horrible...

There were other limitations on the courses, most notably the forest clearances on the eastern slopes and the increasingly thick growth on the western slopes. Also Bulverton Hill to the north has become much less attractive, so we decided to leave the longer courses out of there and shorten them instead. The winning times indicate that was a good decision, even if some legs were less technical than ideal.

Regarding the shorter courses, it proved difficult to fit in a Short Green as well as a Green; instead we planned for a Green that was on the short side, plus a Light Green of similar length.We can confirm that 39 and 67 were in the right place - the former was just above a very clear 'hide'; the latter near the end of an extraction lane.

We want to thank Damian for his controlling - a meticulous attention to detail and much-appreciated constructive suggestions wherever he perceived a weakness. The courses were greatly improved as a result of his input.

John & Carol Pearce

Controller's comments:

"I'll be generous and describe the weather as being 'mostly dry', and where it wasn't, the rain was mostly not horizontal. The same couldn't be said about the Saturday, when we really did hang and check the majority of the controls, to enable you to get started on time. Controls get much more difficult to find when you can only see 30 metres in front of you. The paths were more like rivers, and it was good to see how much the area had dried since the day before. Really.

This was my first event as controller, and John and Carol did a great job with the course planning on what is a challenging area to get the best out of. Tom did great work hanging the controls and being planner-on-the-day, and Barbara ensured all the organisation went smoothly. The brown course might have been a little shorter than ideal, but with the constraints of the area and the risk of poor weather, we thought this acceptable. As the later finishers probably did too! We didn't, however, work out how to get a Short Green into this area, the more technical controls are either on a steep slope or are far from the start and finish.

I hope you all enjoyed your course, and I think the biggest problem I had as controller on the day was my shoe coming apart. Fortunately the "shoe-sale" tent came to the rescue. There were a couple of comments regarding the difficulty of controls 39 and 67, which were probably the most challenging of all the controls. I did go back out to check them during the event, and concluded that, although challenging, they were both correctly positioned, and both could be navigated to successfully from the nearby attack points if you took care.

Have a Happy Christmas, and maybe see you all at Haldon before the New Year.

Damian Wilson

Pre Event Information


Nearest town: Sidmouth

Directions / Parking

Mutters Moor Car park near Peak Hill on the minor road between Otterton and Sidmouth.

Registration & Start Times

Entry-on-Day. Registration from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. Starts 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. 
Courses close: 2.30 pm

Course Information

Colour coded courses: Brown, Blue, Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow and White. Courses available to suit all abilities, including novices. The terrain is a mixture of woodland, heath and open fields. 
Brown 6.6km 155m climb;
Blue 5.5km 140m;
Green 3.6km 95m;
Light Green 3.4km 80m;
Orange 2.6km 75m;
Yellow 2.5km 25m;
White 1.6km 15m.

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

Adults £10, Juniors £3, Family rates. SI available for hire £1. 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Barbara Keenan (07989 9899934, )
Planners: John & Carol Pearce

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