Devon Orienteering


Devon League Event 4: Haytor

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Sun 17 Feb 2019

Info updated: 20th Feb
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Moorland






Planner's report

The weather at Haytor in February can either be balmy and springlike, or alternatively very wintry.  My philosophy in planning this event was to give you all a good run, even if the weather was poor.  As it happened, the low cloud that was with us all saturday lifted just before we kicked off on sunday morning, such that you were able to enjoy the fast, open terrain.  By using the top car park (and campervans for registration) we could start over to the west near Saddle tor, giving a different set of route choices for all runners. Only the Brown course went down the hill towards Leighon, and it sounds like you enjoyed the climb back up on the long leg! Winning times were a little short on the Brown, otherwise were ok.  Thanks for all the positive comments about the courses - it was great to see so many enthusiastic runners of all ages chatting about their runs over a drink and a slice of cake afterwards.  
Thanks to Tom as controller for sound advice throughout the planning for the event, and diligently checking my control placement.  Jon & Lorraine were efficient organisers, and all the helpers contributed to a very enjoyable day.

Rob Parkinson 

Pre Event Information

Choose a course from Yellow to Brown, depending on your orienteering skills and how far you want to run. Details of course distance are given below.  The moorland around Haytor can be very exposed in February, so come prepared!  


Nearest town: Bovey Tracey

Directions / Parking

Parking for most competitors will be in the Top Cark Park at Haytor (SX759767).  Please park as directed by the marshalls.  This is a Pay and Display car park (£2 if staying more than 3 hours), so you are encouraged to car share!  Overflow parking will be at the Coach car park, 700m down the hill past the Visitor Centre (SX765772).

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00–12.00

Starts 10.30–12.30

Courses close 14.30, at which point we will start to collect in the controls.

All competitors must carry a whistle, and in the event of poor weather a cagoule may be required.  The National Park ask that dogs do not accompany you on your run. Toilets are situated next to the Visitor Centre at the Lower car park. The Lower car park is 600 m from the Upper car park, so you might want to use the facilities on your way to the Upper Car Park.

Registration is in the Upper car park, where there is a manned road crossing. The start and the finish are both to the north of the main road.  Please only cross the road at the manned crossing.

Course Information

Course lengths and climb (subject to final controlling)

                    km    m
Yellow           2.1   20
Orange         2.6    30
Light green   3.0    45
Short green  3.5    60
Green           4.4  105
Blue              6.6  125
Brown           8.7  285

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 on the day, entry fees: Seniors £10, Juniors £3, Dibber hire £1. Punch type: SI
If you wish to complete the event registration form in advance, you can download a copy here.

Contacts / Officials

Organisers: Jon & Lorraine Croome ()

Planner: Rob Parkinson

Controller: Tom Lillicrap

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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