Devon Orienteering


Mutter’s Moor, Near Sidmouth

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Entries now open!

Sun 15 Aug 2021

Info updated: 22nd Jul
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland, Forest

Pre Event Information

Mutters Moor 1 hour score event (rescheduled from January 2021). 

Click here for details: Mutters Moor Flyer

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Acknowledgements: Access is by kind permission of The Pebblebed Heaths Trust (Clinton Estates) and Tilhill Forestry.

Other users: Walkers, some with dogs, mountain bikers. Please be considerate to others. Terrain/Hazards:

Terrain: The competition area is partly moorland with some areas of undergrowth with a good path and trail network and in addition we have access to Tilhill Woods. There is significant seasonal vegetation.

Maps: A4 Portrait 1:10,000 scale. Contours at 5m intervals. Bagged maps.

Facilities: Portaloo in field for parking. First Aid available.

Safety: Every effort will be made to ensure the event is safe for competitors, volunteers and the public. We ask that at all times you adhere to the government’s guidance on social distancing and follow the British Orienteering’s Code of Conduct which can be found at:

Prior to the event, if you display symptoms of COVID-19, are required to self-isolate or are otherwise feeling unwell then you must not attend. Refunds will be given to those unable to attend for this reason.

There will be no car key or baggage drop.

All competitors MUST download even if they do not complete the course.

Runners must have covered legs. Whistles are compulsory. Cagoules may be made compulsory in adverse weather.

Participants to bring their own water and ensure adequate hydration pre and post event.

Hand sanitiser will be available; however, we encourage participants to bring their own. Please ensure hands are sanitised before and after the event.

The organiser and the land owner reserve the right to refuse entry to any participants who in their opinion may increase the risk to themselves or others of contracting COVID-19.

Photograph: Photograph is from our December 2018 event


Nearest town: Sidmouth

Directions / Parking

Mutters Moor is just off the coast road to the west side of Sidmouth. Parking will be in the field opposite the public car park at the top of Peak Hill – please bring £2 for the bucket.

Start and finish locations are across the road – there will be a marshal but please take care.

When travelling to and from the event, participants are advised to only travel within the same vehicle with others from the same household. 

Registration & Start Times

Punching: SI Card hire fee £1.00 per competitor. Lost card charge of £30.

“Hands free” will be enabled although hire cards will be traditional.

Pre-booked and bagged SI cards will be available in the assembly area. 

Start and finish are within 5 minutes of the event assembly area and competitors are requested to stay in the car park area until they need to move to the start.

Competitors with their own SI cards should proceed directly from the car park to the start, aiming to arrive not more than 5 minutes before the chosen start block.

Please observe social distancing requirements at all times. Only 6 people can be in the start area at any one time, and this includes the helpers. Once the start area has cleared, competitors should proceed forward to fill the space. It does not matter if this means that you end up starting before or after your allocated start block.

Download will be “self-service” by dibbing at the unmanned download station. 

Course Information

1 hour score event only.

Control sites have been planned to the limit of the area. There will be plenty of path running but accessing most of the controls will require 'Orange' standard or above. Scores will be 10 points per control, with a 10-point penalty per part minute past the hour. For those who succeed in visiting all controls (about 7.5km) the fastest time will be declared the winner. 

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

Strictly Pre-Entry ONLY – no entry on day.

Entries will be limited to a maximum of 120 individual runners or family groups

Individual Seniors £7.00 Family Groups £7.00 Juniors £ 3.00 Pre-entry available online via up to midnight 11th August.

Competitors directly select their 15min start block. This is to reduce congestion in the car park, assembly and start. Please do try to arrive at the start within your allocated times.

Times: Start Times 1030-1230 hrs in 15 minute start blocks. Courses will close 75 mins after last starter. 

Contacts / Officials

Organisers - Philippa Bushell / Alan Knight

Planners - Carol & John Pearce (Devon)

Results will be available on the Devon website. 

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. If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns to our national governing organisation, British Orienteering, please email .

Photography: Devon OC has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser.
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