Devon Orienteering


Haytor (Devon League Event 1 and SW League)

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South West Galoppen Event

Sun 8 Nov 2015

Info updated: 14th Nov
Type of event: District-(C)
Type of terrain: Moorland


Results 8.11.15 Haytor

(14.11.15 -Updated to reflect non-competitive 2nd runs)




No photographs today -too wet and misty! Comments from Organiser, Planner and Controller to follow. If you have any comments about today's courses please let us know on our Facebook page!

Organiser's Comments: I wish to thank Moorlands Hotel , allowing us the use of their hardstanding car park for the day, and Dartmoor National Park allowing us their coach park overflow car park and use of their toilets on the day.  Devon volunteers on the day were magnificent, standing exposed to the horizontal murky moistness that Dartmoor can provide, and also taking extra responsibilities such as holding the tent upright.  Roger Green was tremendous in making a seamless emergency transfer of SI team and equipment from the ineffective shelter to the back of his van .

I also wish to thank all competitors who turned up on the day, especially those who helped save the tents when the wind demonstrated its supremacy. Wilf Taylor


1 pair of black INOV O shoes with dobs.

1 pair of black Decathlon Creation O trousers, (now cleaned).

Both left in car park.

Planner's Comments: I hope you agree that Haytor offers good variety, appropriate technical challenge, good opportunity- mostly -to move quickly over the terrain and plenty of route choice. Certainly most people seemed to enjoy their run, despite, or perhaps because of, the conditions. 

I was keen to ensure that the early controls would not be visible from the Start. I need not have worried! That said, given the wind, rain and poor visibility I was particularly impressed by the winning times on each of the courses. I was also keen that at least the longer courses visited the less frequented area to the south of the road.

I would particularly like to thank Andy Rimes and Rosie Wych of QO for their Part 1 and Part 11 roles as Controller. Andy provided good advice regarding suitable control locations and Rosie braved the elements to confirm everything was in the right place and ensure everyone was back safely. I would also very much like to thank the large team of control collectors and end-of-the-day helpers who made packing up so much easier. Bryan Smith

Controller's Comments: Andy Rimes was - on paper - the controller of the Devon Galoppen. However he must have got wind of the weather forecast because he was otherwise occupied on the day working on the French Riviera! He and Bryan had worked hard to produce courses which made good use of a great orienteering area. It fell to me just to check that all the controls were in the agreed locations. There were no complaints so I hope that we were right.  The weather certainly tested the competitors and the Devon team. Both were remarkably cheerful and resilient. Rosie Wych QO

Pre Event Information

This event is part of the south west Galoppen, a league involving one event held by each of the south west orienteering clubs. It is also

Haytor Galoppen and DEVON League Flyer

The terrain is typical of Dartmoor; a mixture of open, runnable moorland, interspersed with the remains of quarrying, tin-working and more complex rock features especially around a number of the tors. Courses tend to avoid dense areas of gorse and bracken.

Haytor provides exposed terrain, frequently with low cloud, wind and rain. A whistle must be carried and a cagoule or similar may be compulsory in the event of poor weather.

Toilets are available adjacent to the Haytor Visitor Centre. (However, competitors should not park in the visitor centre car park.)

Dogs allowed but must be under control at all times.

Before or after the event you may wish to visit Ullacombe Farm. It is a family run farm on Haytor Road, near Bovey Tracey. "We sell an array of delicious food in our farm shop as well as having a beautiful cafe for visitors to enjoy a lovely breakfast, lunch or cream tea!"


Nearest town: Bovey Tracey

Directions / Parking

Approach on B3387 from Bovey Tracey. Signed from SX805782.
Main car parking on hard standing at Moorlands Hotel - SX767772 (TQ13 9XT).
Car parking for young families further up B3387 at Dartmoor National Park Coach Park - SX766772.
Overflow carpark further up hill, not hard standing - SX764770.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: From 10.00 -12.30

Start times: 11.05 until 13.00 (to recognise Remembrance Sunday)

Courses close at 15.00

Course Information

Courses: Brown, Blue, Green, Short Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow, White.

Map scales: Brown, Blue and Green maps will be 1:10000; all others will be 1:5000.

There is a manned road crossing to the Start and from the Finish. Brown, Blue and Green courses also include two unmanned road crossings; take care.

Start is approx. 600m from the furthest of the three car parks in use for the event, gently uphill.

Course Length Climb No. of controls
White 1.3km 10m 11
Yellow 1.8km 35m 11
Orange 2.9km 40m 13
Light Green 3.1km 75m 12
Short Green 3.0km 70m 13
Green 4.1km 105m 12
Blue 5.9km 160m 17
Brown 8.3km 195m 25

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 on the day

£8.00 for seniors (over 21) + £2.00 for Seniors who are not members of British Orienteering.
£3.00 for juniors
£1.00 per car donation to Dartmoor National Park.

Punch type: SI
Hire fee: £1.00

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Wilf Taylor

Phone: 01626 859365

Planner: Bryan Smith

Controller: Andy Rimes (QO)

Safety and Risk

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