Haldon ForestSat 30 Dec

Christmas Novelty Event

Social level event

What does this mean?

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun6 App.

Terrain type: Woodland & Forest

Last updated: Sun 03 December, 2023


Devon Orienteering Club Christmas Novelty social event that is open to novices and experienced orienteers alike. 

Event will take the form of a 1 hour score course.

Seasonal social event with mince pies and mulled (and non-mulled) drinks available post-race. Flyer here

Location Info

Near: Kennford
Lat,Lng: 50.65137,-3.58247
OS Grid Ref: SX884849
Postcode: EX6 7XR
What3Words: chuck.kicks.ruffling

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Directions / Parking

Parking in the Haldon Forest Park car park, Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter or see : Haldon Forest park activities website.

Note that parking fees apply.

Please see Forest England's Haldon Forest website for details.

Note the parking machines do NOT accept cash.

Map / Terrain

Map: Scale 1:10,000 Updated spring 2019 by Erik Peckett. Map size for A4.

Terrain: Haldon Forest Park is a mixed woodland and managed forest estate that slopes away to the west-south-west. The forests (a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees) are crossed by a number of gravelled forest roads and tracks and with numerous smaller trails bisecting the forest. There are also numerous formal and informal mountain bike trails and the former should be avoided for running. Numerous small gullies and channels cross parts of the forest but for the most part the forest is relatively open and runnable.

Course Information

60 minute odds and evens score event – you decide whether to collect odd or even numbered controls first, then during the 60 minutes you decide when best to switch to collect the opposite (you can only switch once). In total there are 27 controls. All controls are worth 20 points with the exception of 4 controls being worth 30 points and a single control being worth 40 points. If you are over the 60 minute time limit then for each minute over you will be deducted 10 points.

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Via RaceSignup. Deadline for entries: 23:59 on Sunday 17th December.

Due to being unable to use the free car parking area the club have reduced the entry fees as detailed below.

Pre entry fee:
Senior: £7
Senior chip hire: £1
Junior/Student: £3
Junior/Student Chip hire: £1⁶
(Juniors are under 21 on 31st December 2023)


Entry on the Day fee (only limited maps will be available – it is recommended to email hidden; JavaScript is required the organiser to check availability)

Senior: £9
Senior chip hire: £1
Junior/Student: £5
Junior/Student Chip hire: £1

Punching will be SI. SIAC enabled.

Registration and Start times

Registration open from 10:00 to 10:45 located in the wooden shelter next to GoApe (signed from the main car park (approx. 4-5 mins walk) or use What3Words: voter.poems.instincts

Start times 10:30 to 11:00. Courses close: 12:30. Punching starts at any time in start window (10:30 to 11:00).

Download tent will be next to finish in GoApe covered shelter. The way to the Start will be clearly signposted from the tent.


Toilets and café close to main car park see Forest Park website for details: here

Dog restrictions

Dogs on Leads please

Contacts / Officials

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Nearest A&E Hospital

Royal Devon and Exeter, Barrack Road, Exeter. EX2 5DW
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Safety Notes

Please be aware that Haldon forest Park is used for a wide range of activities – including in the upper parts of the first by many families out walking. Both formal and informal mountain bike trails also exist and runners should be aware of cyclists on these and on the main forest tracks. The main mountain bike trails (marked on the maps in purple) should be avoided.

Given the hilltop location of Haldon and the high tree cover strong wind conditions can be an issue – and if the forecast is very bad the viability of the event will need to be considered.

All runners must be aware that Orienteering can be hazardous, and they compete at own risk.


Devon Orienteering Club thanks Haldon Forest Park for permission to hold this event.