Devon Orienteering


Five Tors: Devon Moorland League Event 2

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Sun 21st Jan 2018

Info updated: 11th Jan
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland

Pre Event Information

Join us the second of the Devon Winter League events of the 2017-18 season. The Five Tors area offers fast, open moorland orienteering, with spectacular views across the western fringes of Dartmoor down to Tavistock, Plymouth and beyond. 


Nearest town: Tavistock

Directions / Parking

The event will be based at the car park on the B3357 below Cox Tor  (SX532750). Take the B3357 Tavistock to Princetown road. From Tavistock travel 5km east, towards Princetwown, and the large car park is situated at the top of the hill on the right. From the Princetown (easterly)  direction the car park is on the left 1km past the Dartmoor Inn at Merrivale.

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00 – 12.00
Starts 10.30 – 12.30
Course closes 14.30 at which point the controls will start to be collected in.

Due to the exposed nature of the area we will not have a toilet situated at this event. The nearest public toilets are in Princetown, Tavistock and Yelverton.

Course Information

There will be a full range of courses from WHITE to BROWN so this event is suitable for most ages and levels of experience. Be prepared for cold temperatures as the area is rather exposed and it is January. A whistle must be carried by all competitors and in bad weather a cagoule may be mandatory. Even if not mandatory a windproof top may be essential !  Dogs must be under control at all times.  

Course lengths
Brown    8.4 km      325 m
Blue       6.8 km       240 m
Green    5.6 km      215 m
Sht Gr   4.7 km      170 m
Lt Gr     4.5 km      135 m
Orange 3.4 km      85  m
Yellow  2.2 km      60 m
White   1.6 km      40 m

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 £8, Juniors £2, Dibber hire £1
Punch type: SI

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Steve Perrelle ()
Planner:     Tim Gent
Controller   Nicholas Maxwell

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.

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