Mutters MoorSun 28 Jan

Devon League 5

Regional 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: Heathland & Forest

Last updated: Mon 29 January, 2024





Organiser's report

A few words to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who juggled their run to help. The folk on the car parking for their calm approach with the orienteering traffic and general public who also use the car park. Not always easy when we use a public carpark. Some don't like their quiet Sunday routine disrupted by a load of orienteers. Luckily we were able to use the field opposite as well. The weather had been kind. No rain.

Thanks to the SI team and start team .A great job.
For once the weather was not too cold for hanging around. Especially as its supposed to be winter.!
Thanks also to James for being on foot spray duty .This had to be in place because land owners requesting clean shoes in forest area.
Many thanks to Jamie ,planner and John, controller. Everyone seem to enjoy the courses . Unfortunately the Brown and Blue had to have a control taken out due to last minute tree planting.!! So this made the course a bit shorter. One runner said it was nice to have a shorter brown for a change. Jamie made a great job in a tough rough area. Especially the longer courses.
Thanks to Barbara, assistant organiser and daughter Harriet for doing the computer stuff ! Not really my field but I'm learning. Harriet was brilliant.
And finally thanks to all the competitors for coming. It makes it all worthwhile when we have a good number turn up. I also enjoyed the day

Robin Carter

Planner's report

I hope you enjoyed your run around Mutters Moor. It's a challenging area to plan on, and even harder area to run on, so I am impressed that you all came and did battle with the heath and forest. A particular mention for anyone on Orange - in retrospect, #2 was probably a bit hard so well done for getting round the course.

Many thanks to John Pearce for updating the map and assisting with the planning - his comments vastly improved the courses - and John Cook for controlling. It was great to work with both of them. Thanks also to Martin Yeo for showing me how to use the SI kit.

The northern section on blue and brown was a little less interesting than originally planned following the last minute loss of a control site due to forestry works. On the plus side there may be some new terrain to explore next time you run here! Finally, thanks to all the DEVON volunteers who helped put on the event and collect controls.

Jamie Parkinson

Thanks to Robin for organising the event and to Jamie for planning the courses.


Colour coded event with areas of open heathland and forest, with steep sided valleys that provide a challenge for longer courses but also contains a good path network for beginners.

Please note important notice at the bottom about cleaning shoes prior to coming in order to prevent the spread of tree diseases 

Location Info

Near: Sidmouth
Lat,Lng: 50.67764,-3.26157
OS Grid Ref: SY109872
Postcode: EX10 0NW
What3Words: ///Teams.wiring.cable

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Directions / Parking

Parking is at Mutters Moor free, public car park. When approaching from Sidmouth, drive up Peak Hill and the car park is at the top, on the right hand side. The car park will be sign posted. The entrance to the car park has a height bar so please beware if you have a tall vehicle. There will be overflow parking in adjacent field for 4x4 and larger vehicles, weather permitting.

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

Designed for mixed running abilities. Longer courses will have steep slopes and intricate vegetation as well as open stretches that make for some faster running. Beginners will enjoy the network of paths running both over the moorland and throughout the forest.

Course Information

The event is SIAC enabled

Road crossing on the Blue and Brown courses is signed

Brown 7km 145m
Blue6.3km 140m
Green 4.9km 95m
Short Green 3.9km 55m
Light Green 3.4 km45m
Orange2.4 km40m
Yellow2.3 km25m
White1.6 km15m

200m to the start from registration

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-entry via

Sign up to Mutters Moor

Pre-Entry closed

On the day entry, courses and additional map charge £1 – whilst maps are available. Can be entered at registration within the car park

Registration and Start times

Registration opens: 10.00-12.15

Start times : 10.30-12.30

Course closes: 14.30


Portaloo in car park, nearest public convenience is at the triangle bus stop in Sidmouth town

Dog restrictions

No dogs on courses. Dogs only allowed on leads in the car park and assembly area

Contacts / Officials

Organiser on the day: Robin Carter

Assistant (for queries prior to the event): email hidden; JavaScript is required

Planner : Jamie Parkinson

Controller : John Cook

Nearest A&E Hospital

Royal Devon and Exeter hospital (Wonford) – 11.3 miles away
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Safety Notes

Road crossing and cliff danger on blue and brown courses

Golf course

Full leg cover

No whistle no go

In the event of wet/stormy weather, suitable protection e.g cagoules must be worn


A thank you to Clinton Devon Estates and Tillhill forestry for permission to use the land.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The forestry landowner has requested that we take measures to prevent the spread of tree diseases. Please can all competitors ensure their shoes are clean and dry before attending the event. A disinfectant spray will be available at the event for those that need it.