Killerton National TrustSun 14 May

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Devon League 6

Local 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: Parkland & Woodland

Last updated: Wed 17 May, 2023


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Organiser's comments

Thank you to everyone who helped at the Killerton event. You made our job as organisers on the day, very easy. The cattle were the only issue. The Highland cattle in the Registration area meant a long walk to the start for some people, but it was a pleasant walk I hope. The cattle seemed to take an interest in us and provided entertainment especially when they rubbed themselves against a sign which then fell over (see photos). The cattle on the brown course affected some peoples entrance to a control but I think this was settled to everyones satisfaction and did not affect the result. The good weather allowed everyone to have tea, biscuits (almost the cows as well, nearly! -see photo-AR) and a chat afterwards. We would also like to thank the National Trust at Killerton for allowing us to use the grounds and for being so helpful in the lead up to the event and on the day.

Dawn Williamson and Paul Bloch

Planner's comments

Killerton is a challenging area to plan, both for longer courses, and for some of the less technical courses (that's perhaps often a planners complaint). It was difficult to get courses of the right length and difficulty, without involving several climbs up the steep hill. In addition, the undergrowth has taken off in the last couple of weeks, making some control sites harder to find than originally.

I think some found some of the controls on the Orange course difficult. I was struggling to find suitable sites to use that weren't just path junctions, which would have made it just a longer Yellow. My apologies if they were a little hard, but well done if you got round - you could probably progress to a Light Green course.

Thanks to Tom for stepping in late on as a Controller, and for his comments and help (especially in defending a control from cattle)!

Thanks to Dawn, Paul, and all their team of helpers for making the event possible, and those who offered to collect controls.

Andy Reynolds

Controller's comments

Just to add my thanks for everyone's excellent work in making the event a success, despite the mischievous intentions of the cattle!

Its always a pleasure to hear positive feedback at download, even from competitors who had got lost; orienteers are a tough crowd to please, so well done!

Killerton NT is a great area for orienteers to gain map confidence (you're seldom lost for long) but credit to Andy for providing the more experienced orienteers with a challenge as well - not easy given the fences, walls, ha-ha's and out of bounds areas!

Look forward to seeing everyone at Knightshayes NT in a few week's time!

Tom McMurtrie


National Trust

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Location Info

Near: Broadclyst
Lat,Lng: 50.79138,-3.45359
Postcode: EX5 3LE
What3Words: ///swept.fool.contoured

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Directions / Parking

From M5 southbound: leave at J28, go through Cullompton on B3181, follow brown tourism signs for Killerton on B3181 heading towards Broadclyst. Killerton is signposted on your right just after Budlake. Cross the M5, take the next left and the entrance to the orienteering is 200 metres past the main entrance to Killerton House.

From M5 northbound: exit J29. Keep right onto Honiton road/A3015, take 4th exit at the roundabout and follow signs for B3181 Pinhoe/Broadclyst. Killerton is signposted on brown tourism signs. Go through Pinhoe, then Broadclyst on B3181. Killerton is shortly after leaving the village of Broadclyst - turning on the left. Cross the M5, take the next left and the entrance to the orienteering is 200 metres past the main entrance to Killerton House.

It will be signposted from the B3081 south of Budlake and north of Broadclyst.

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

Open parkland with wooded areas some of which are on a steep slope. There are areas of protected habitats which will be marked as OOB. There are some highland cattle on the Estate which are used for conservation grazing. Although they can have large horns and are not dangerous, they should not be approached.

The route to the start and from the finish will be taped to keep competitors alongside the hedge and away from the cattle. Competitors are asked to follow the tape and stay close to the hedges and fences.
This is an excellent area for those new to orienteering running the novice courses.

Course Information

Course details:

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-entry is via Racesignup Here

It will be open until 23.59 on Friday 12 May or until all maps are allocated. There will be a limited number of spare maps for entry on the day, but competitors run the risk of being unable to compete in their preferred course if maps run out.

Entry Details: Standard entry fees apply:

£10 standard adult

£3 juniors and students

SI card (dibber) hire will be available for £1.00.

Punching will be using SI. SIAC will be enabled.

Registration and Start times

Starts from 1030 -1300hrs. Courses will close at 1430hrs. If you are a slower runner, please choose an early start to ensure that you finish and download by 14.30hrs. Controls will be collected from 1430hrs.

There will be 2 starts.
• Start for brown and blue courses is adjacent to the parking
• Start for white, yellow, orange, light green, short green, green courses is approx. 800m from registration and parking. Red and white tapes will take you around the side of the field to avoid the cows. Please follow the marked route. If there are no cows in the field, we will mark a shorter route across the field instead of the route around the edge of the field.

There is 1 finish about 200m from registration. Please follow marked tapes around the edge of the field from the finish to download.


There will be a portaloo in the parking area

Contacts / Officials

Organisers: Dawn Williamson and Paul Bloch

Planner: Andy Reynolds

Controller: Tom McMurtrie

Nearest A&E Hospital

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

Full body cover is advised as there are brambles and nettles around some of the controls
Use designated crossing points. All competitors to use designated crossing points and leave all gates closed (cattle in grounds)
No crossing of wire fences, stone walls or Ha Has (google it if you don’t know what Ha Has are). Any infringement is likely to result in the Club being unable to stage future events – so just don’t!
On-going forestry work. The courses try to avoid the worst areas, but inevitably competitors will come across areas of ongoing forestry work – please don’t be surprised by it.
Other users of the area: Participants are asked to respect other users of the area, cyclists, dog walkers, families, walkers.
Cows: If you see cows on the route please do not run directly at them. They are used to people but it is best to avoid mothers and calves.