Devon Orienteering


Hound Tor: Devon Moorland League Event 3

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Sun 25th Feb 2018

Info updated: 24th Feb
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Moorland

Pre Event Information

The weather is looking cold but dry for this, the third of the Devon Winter League events of the 2017-18 season. A warm jacket/windproof and extra clothing are recommended, in view of the predicted strong cold easterly wind. Runners are asked to take care as there are some icy patches on the paths, but the running is generally fast as the bracken is down. The area has some fine views from the higher points, interesting tors and a good mix of terrain covering the softer ground of Becka Brook on the longer courses.


Nearest town: Widecombe

Directions / Parking

The event will be based at the car park at the end of the minor road system which branches north from the B3387 Haytor to Widecombe Road. Turn onto the minor road (signed Hound Tor 1.5 miles) and then after 250m turn right and stay on this road for 1 km. The car park is situated on the left just after a junction Moretonhampstead. This location is 300m North West of Hound Tor.

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00 – 12.00
Starts 10.30 – 12.30
Courses close at 14.30, at which point the controls will start to be collected in.
Portable toilets will be available at the start. All competitors should carry a whistle. One can be purchased from Registration for £1. Cagoules will be compulsory if the weather is inclement.

Course Information

There will be a range of courses from YELLOW to BROWN. It has not been possible to include a WHITE course. Map scales 1:10,000 for seniors, and 1:7,500 for junior courses

Course Lengths and climb
Brown  7.8km  370m
Blue  6.4km  225m
Green  4.2km  125m
Short Green  3.7km  90m
Light Green  3.3km  75m
Orange  2.9km  85m
Yellow  2.3km  75m

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

Adults £8, Juniors £3.
Dibber hire £1

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.

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