Devon Orienteering


Five Tors

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Devon League Event No. 4

Sun 18 Jan 2015

Info updated: 02nd Feb
Type of event: Local-(D)
Type of terrain: Moorland


Results:  Results Five Tors


Route Gadget:

Organiser's Comments: Despite uncertainties about the weather and clashes with a SWOA junior coaching course and a Galoppen, over 90 competitors attended the Five Tors event and were rewarded with a fine, but cold winters day, resulting in many fast times.  Apologies to the early starters, who had to contend not only with “sleeping” controls, but also had to remove ice from the control boxes before dibbing.  With overnight rain followed by a fall in temperature, there were concerns that travelling to the event might prove to be a problem, however apart from a very icy car park there were no difficulties reported.  Thanks are due to all the helpers who stuck to their posts despite the chilling wind and to Su Porter and Mike Cullen for providing challenging courses despite having to avoid parts of the area for safety reasons. Graham Dugdale

Found : Burgundy ladies woollen hat.   (Contact Graham Dugdale 01626 852944)

Controller's Comments: The main challenge for me in this event was the weather. After a very stormy period, when being up on Dartmoor was not appealing and often dangerous, a weather window appeared at the right time. However it was accompanied by very uncertain forecasts which included threats of heavy snowfall. Fortunately the snow that did arrive did not block the approach roads, and gave some lovely scenery and running conditions on the moor.

Su did very well in providing as much technical challenge as the area allowed. She also avoided sending runners across too much rocky ground, which given the snow was a very good idea. The result was some very fast times. There were also many appreciative comments from the runners, though the snow helped. The organisation went very smoothly, and the helpers stuck it out in some very cold though sunny conditions. The car park is heavily used by the public, and we had a lot of enquiries about what we were doing while the event was on. Hopefully some of them will try it another time.  Mike Cullen

Pre Event Information

Thanks to Su Porter for the first photograph.

Event Flier: 18.1.15 Five Tors Flier

Weather warning:  There is a possibility of heavy snow early on Sunday morning.  Please check the Devon OC website before setting off.  In all circumstances it is likely to be cold so bring extra clothing. (Posted 22.35 16.1.15)

Update: No further news from the Controller so assume the event is on. (08.30 18.1.15)

No toilets will be provided.  Public toilets available at Tavistock or Princetown.

Help available for Newcomers.

Dogs must be under control at all times.


  Length km Ht m Description  
Yellow 1.7 35

On tracks and paths, Controls at most junctions.

No route choice.

Orange 2.4 70

On tracks and paths and other line features.

Controls further apart.

Some controls on point features not far from line features.

Some route choice.

Light Green 3.6 120

Controls not on paths and other line features but

usually not very far from an attack point on a line feature.

Route choice.

Green 4.3 150 Full technical difficulty but not too long.  
Blue 5.7 240

Full technical difficulty and longer.

Brown 7.2 280 Full technical difficulty, longer still and more climb.  

Advice to Competitors:

This is an open moorland course with a risk of very cold conditions, consider bringing extra clothing for your run and if waiting for others before and after.

Please bring a cagoule and whistle.  Whilst it is always advisable to carry a whistle, in the event of adverse conditions cagoule and whistle may be made mandatory.

Take care when on the rocky parts of the course, which can be slippery particularly in wet weather.

Please take care leaving the parking area and crossing the B3357 to the start. Whilst the B3357 is not a busy road many drivers exceed the 40mph recommended speed on Dartmoor. Use the crossing area marked.

Brown, Green and Light Green courses cross a minor road.  Take care when crossing.

Please respect other users of the area, particularly riders.

Competitors may encounter cattle and wild ponies, please take care not to alarm them.

Remember to download, even if you do not complete your course.

No toilets will be provided.  Public toilets are available in Tavistock and Princetown.

In the event of extreme weather check the Devon OC website before setting out.

Safety bearing (if lost); head south to the B3357.


Nearest town: Tavistock

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at Pork Hill carpark (SX 530751) on the south side of the B3357 Tavistock to Princetown road. 

There will be no direction signs other than at the car park.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10.00 – 12.30

Starts: 10.30 – 12.45

Course closes: 14.30

Course Information

6 courses (approx. 2km to 8km.) to choose from.

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

All courses are Entry On Day.  

Fees: Seniors  £8, Juniors £2, Families (with juniors) £2

The event will use SI:  Dibber hire  £1

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Graham Dugdale
Phone: 01626 852944

Planner: Su Porter

Controller: Mike Cullen

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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