Holne Moor: Devon League Event 1
Sun 23rd Oct 2016
Info updated: 25th Oct
Type of event: District-(C)
Type of terrain: Moorland
Feedback from competitors at the finish suggested that most enjoyed their tour of Holne Moor, at whatever level. Young families were not daunted by the excessive amount of gorse or confused by the multiple extra paths on the Yellow. As a first-time planner of colour-coded courses, I’m aware of shortcomings on the technical difficulty front; reading and understanding the BOF guidelines is one thing, putting them into practice quite another. The Blue course was too easy, but enjoyed by faster runners and could possibly have benefitted from a few more controls. Certainly better use could have been made of the technical Ringleshutes Mine area. The map could also do with updating - a few paths and pits were altered, but changes in vegetation boundaries, extra paths, boulders and earth banks, dry ditches that were running with water…where to stop with alterations?
Thanks to all who helped with the event - how did we manage before Torquay Boys took up orienteering?
Pre Event Information
This is the first Devon League event of the season. It is also a British Orienteering Ranking event.
In bad weather a whistle and cagoule may be required.
Dogs must be under control at all times.
Nearest town: Holne
- Grid Ref: SX 694702
- Postcode: TQ13 7SS
- Latitude: 50.51667
- Longitude: -3.84339
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
Grid Reference: SX 694702
Parking will be in a grass field. Leave the A38 at the Ashburton turning (Peartree Garage) following the signs for Two Bridges. Follow signs from the Holne turning ( SX721705). Please bring £1 for the car parking.
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
There will be a full range of courses from YELLOW to BROWN so this event is suitable for all ages and levels of experience.
The longer courses experience the challenge of the major gullies and pits in the remains of the Ringleshute tin mine.
There are numerous leats. The major ones marked as full blue lines on the map use the stream symbol in the pictorial descriptions, and generally contain running water. The minor leats marked as dashed blue lines on the map use the ditch symbol. These are mostly dry at this time of year.
The black crosses on the map are vertical stone boundary posts, which might come in handy as a navigational aid on a misty day. Black circles on the map are hut circles which are generally insignificant on the ground.
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 fees: Seniors £8, Juniors £2, Dibber hire £1
Punch type: SI
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Steve Perrelle
Planner: Ella Bowles
Safety and Risk
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