Devon Orienteering


Great Plantation

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Local (and Devon League) Event

Sun 10 Jul 2022

Info updated: 27th Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Forest

Pre Event Information

This is a local event (and Devon League event) hosted in the mixed woodland of the Great Plantation, which is home to roe deer, woodland birds and the rare pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

Flyer: Great Plantation 10.07.2022 v2

This event will use a recently updated map, produced by Mike Wimpenny. 

Thanks to Forestry England for permission to hold this event. 

Terrain:  Mixed woodland.

Facilities: There will be First Aid and a portable toilet at the start


Nearest town: Bovey Tracey

Directions / Parking

Car parking is at Blackpool Primary School car park.  The school postcode is TQ12 6JB but that is (slightly) different to the car park location.  what3words: lights.imported.scored.  The car park is sign posted from the 'main' road and is a short distance from the Drumbridges Roundabout on the A38 (Bovey Tracey/ Trago Mills junction). 

The walk from the car park to the start is mainly on pavements with some quite country roads.
Registration will be at the start.  

The start is located at what3words settle.passion.validated.  There is a 1.5km walk from the car park to the start so please leave sufficient time for this.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Start Times:

Start times: 10:30 to 12:30

Courses close: 14:00

Course Information

Course details: Great Plantation 10.7.22

The following colour coded courses are available (covering all but white): Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue and Brown.

All courses are 1:7500 map scale with 2.5m contours

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

Pre-entry via which will close a week before the event (closes on 3-July). Fees are £10 for seniors and £3 for juniors.

Entry on the Day subject to map availability.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Steve Edmonds

Organiser: Ian Thomas, 07769 690042,

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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