Escot Park (Christmas Novelty Event)
Sun 27th Dec 2015
Info updated: 28th Dec
Type of event: Local-(D), Social
Type of terrain: Parkland
Organiser and Planner’s Comments
I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane to the pin punch era. It was a pleasure to read some of the punch marks and some were very faint and covered in mud. I have not seen such dirty maps for a long time. Some of you must have inadvertently dropped them in the mud and stamped on them.
The controls were not difficult to find and the area was not very big, owing to have to allow for shooting and farming activities. Grazing arrangements changed in the last two weeks since the control sites were tagged and this lead to an electric fence being left on surrounding a load of sheep which had appeared from nowhere.
Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves although there were complaints from some elitist runners who had difficulty in tracking down the wandering trees. Trees are very timid and usually run away if they see something fast running towards them. A quieter and gentle approach is more successful.
We must thank Alan Bruford of the Wildwood Trust for providing the food and drink and his co-operation in arranging the access. Also thanks to Tom and Harry McMurtrie for helping us at Registration and also to Tim Gent and Robin Carter and James Jackson (who only live up the road from Escot and know it like the backs of their hands) for collecting the controls.
Roger and Jill Green
Lost property: A Silva Compass was found and handed in to us. If you think you have lost one please let us know with some distinguishing features which would identify the compass.
Pre Event Information
After the festivities, it’s time for a breath of fresh air and a run around and to exercise the grey cells at the Christmas Novelty Event. For a trip down memory lane, traditional pin punches will be used. This event is a One Hour Score Event. For details see:
There will be 30 controls of 10 points value each and ten of these will have interesting puzzles to solve as well, for an extra 10 points each. Penalty points will be given for late return over 1 hour at 10 points per minute or part thereof.
You will have to punch in the relevant squares around the edge of the back of the map. Please bring a pen or pencil so you can write your answers on the back of a waterproof map. You will also need to write your Name, Age class and club on the back of the map which will be collected on your return to the Finish and scrutinised. Maps will be available for collection later. Spare maps will also be available.
Mince Pies and Mulled Wine or Punch will be provided by the Wild Wood Trust. Other food and drink for youngsters will be available.
Dogs under control at all times
Nearest town: Ottery St Mary
- Grid Ref: SY 081 980
- Latitude: 50.77162
- Longitude: -3.30145
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
Directions: Leave A30 at Pattesons Cross, Follow signs to Fairmile and Brown Tourist ‘Escot’ signs to the park.
OS Grid Reference: SY 081 980 Postcode: EX11 1LU
Geographical: 50.77409 N, 3.29236 W
Parking in Escot Country Park.
Registration & Start Times
Registration from 10.15am; Mass Start 11.00am
One hour Score event.
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 Fees: £8 Seniors, £2 Juniors
Punch type: SI Hire fee: £1.00
Contacts / Officials
For any queries please contact:
Organiser: Jill Green:
Planner: Roger Green:
Telephone: 01392 278512
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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