Devon Orienteering


Five Tors: Devon Moorland League Event 2

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Sun 21 Jan 2018

Info updated: 30th Jan
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland


Five Tors Results, event reports below


Planner's report

The windy and foggy weather gave a harder event to a runnable area. After all the work that goes into planning an event I was so pleased to see so many people turning out to have a go at a great moorland venue . This was fairly typical January weather in an exposed venue so I hope everyone had a testing and interesting event . My thanks go to my controller Nicholas Maxwell for giving me the guidance to set up such an event. Good luck to the next planner Tom McMurtrie at the February event on Hound Tor . I hope as many people turn out as possible. Don't be put off by the forecast, just take warm clothes and give it a go . See you in February. 
Tim Gent 


Organiser's report

The day before the Five Tors event the forecast was for rain all day. Not something to look forward to but the one thing I have learned is not to take the forecast too literally as sometimes it is not as accurate as all would hope.It was great to see that there are hardy souls down this way as although numbers were down, plenty turned up, including some welcome stalwarts from Kerno, QO and NGOC to make the place buzz. As , for the rain, to my surprise that stayed away until after the courses closed but the mist that did persist in many ways improved the challenge of navigating around a very runnable part of Dartmoor. Numerous stories about compasses being slightly off ! and rocks emerging from the mist were heard but all in all a successful event. Wouldn't have minded a nice sunny winters day though to be honest.

Many thanks to all who prepared and then helped run the event on the day. Without them of course nothing would have happened.  If you want some more exercise don't forget the night event next Saturday and then it's off to Hound Tor in February.
Steve Perrelle

Controller's report

This weekend was a reminder yet again of how different the weather on Dartmoor can be and checking a weather forecast for Tavistock may not give accurate information.   Saturday was more ferocious than Sunday with strong winds and heavy rain and even some mist to confuse but 10 miles away at home no rain at all.  Special thanks to Tim in getting all the technical controls out in these challenging conditions.  I am so pleased so many of you braved the  adverse conditions to enjoy Tim's courses and especial congratulations to all the juniors who went round on the so called white and yellow courses.  Shame the advertised views were not visible on the day.
Nicholas Maxwell

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. If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns to our national governing organisation, British Orienteering, please email .

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