Devon Orienteering


Parke, Bovey Tracey

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Sun 20 Mar 2022

Info updated: 22nd Mar
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland


Results 20.3.22Parke

See Officials' comments, below..... 


Substitute Organiser’s Comments:

Thank you to Jon Croome, who did the Organiser groundwork for this event, but contracted Covid a few days ago.

Steve did an excellent job of creating some interesting and challenging courses on a restricted area. Nesting dormice ruling out some legs.

Our proposed assembly area was vetoed on Friday due to sensitive grass. The serendipitous space by the barn (suggested by Lead Ranger Tom)  worked really well on the day.

Eleanor did amazingly taking on the registration and with the help of an injured Sarah Clough who volunteered to help while unable to run.

Richard Jackson was lead for the first time on SI with assistance from daughter Lottie, while Martin Yeo stepped in to assist on the day as L became fully employed with late entries .

Lorraine came off her sickbed and took over the running of the start ably assisted by Carol and John Pearce and Helen and Adrian Taylor, Carol in particular put in an extra long shift.

Roger and Jill Green provided great logistic support, as ever

I thought the event went really well on the day and the ranger manager on the day was effusive in her praise of the enthusiasm and general elan of the competitors in the woods.

Thanks Again  Wilf (off  the bench))

Planner's Comments : What a glorious day to go for a run in the "Parke"  and hopefully you enjoyed your time out.  We all know the limitations of the area exacerbated recently by more areas going OOB. However mapping work by Tom Lillicrap helped open up other areas which had not previously been explored by many and which proved to be surprisingly challenging. Yes, some a little hilly in places although I think we managed to keep courses out of the steepest and roughest bits.  My apologies for those on the Blue who got their feet wet on Control 1. That wet surface water wasn't there two months ago and even caught me out this morning when I was placing controls !!

Website Report:  Well done to all involved in today's event. The weather was certainly kind and Steve Perrelle made excellent use of the available options for the three courses on offer. It was good to see the size of the turn out for this local event. 

Thanks must go to The National Trust for allowing the club to use Parke. Thanks also to Steve Perrelle as Planner and to Wilf Taylor for his Risk Assessor role. Jon and Lorraine Croome were unfortunately sidelined late on by COVID; thanks to them for their preparatory organising role. Additional thanks then must go to Wilf and Eleanor Taylor for stepping in. to fill the gap. Thanks also to Tom Lillicrap for updating the map and to Rich Jakson for his lead role on timing. And finally, many thanks to all of the other helpers who are not named in this short note! Apologies if there are any significant omissions. 

Pre Event Information

Come along to orienteer in the attractive parkland setting at Parke. Courses are somewhat limited, compared to some areas - but still include a range from short and easy to long and technical. Pre-Entries:

Newcomers are very welcome – please do not hesitate to contact the organiser if you have any questions about the event.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to National Trust for allowing the club to hold this orienteering event and for parking on their land.

Terrain:  National Trust parkland as well as some recently re-mapped areas of woodland giving both a physical and technical challenge.

Map Notes: Most of the fields in the centre of the map are Out of Bounds. Using the usual purple hatching this produced a visually overpowering purple block so to get around this only the boundaries of the fields  are shown as out of bounds and these areas should of course not be crossed.

Facilities: Toilets, at Station Road Car Park, Bovey Tracey (Station Rd, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot TQ13 9AW) for those parking in that vicinity (see Parking). Toilets and cafe are available at the Parke centre - near to the Start/Finish and Registration areas.

Safety: All competitors run at own risk and must report to download before they leave the event area regardless of whether they complete the course or not.

Cagoules may be compulsory if the weather is poor. Running in shorts is not permitted. Devon OC operate a “No whistle, no go” policy.

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

Participants are reminded that orienteering can be a hazardous sport and all competitors take part at their own risk.

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 British Orienteering’s Code of Conduct. 

Covid 19: Prior to the event, if you display symptoms of COVID, or are otherwise feeling unwell then you are asked not to attend. Refunds will be given to those unable to attend for this reason. Hand sanitisers will be available; however, participants are encouraged to bring their own sanitiser.

The nearest Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is at Newton Abbot Community Hospital TQ12 2TS (open from 8am – 8pm 7 days a week). The nearest A&E unit is Torbay Hospital TQ2 7AA (emergency department open 24hrs).

Dogs: Competitors may take part on their course with a dog under suitable control, or on a lead, and must observe any information displayed by the National Trust on any gates. At other times, please follow National Trust guidance regarding dogs.

Other users of the area / cattle: Participants are asked to respect other users of the area (vehicles, walkers, cyclists, horse riders, wildlife etc). There may be also grazing cattle which should be given a wide berth to avoid startling them.


Nearest town: Bovey Tracey

Directions / Parking

The event is taking place at Parke, National Trust, near Bovey Tracey. The nearest town is Bovey Tracey.

Due to pressure from users, parking in the National Trust car park at Parke for this event is limited to essential volunteers (mainly those bringing equipment), families with young children/full cars and those less mobile, otherwise you are asked to park in the town as below.

The recommended place to park is the main public car park (Station Road - Station Rd, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot TQ13 9AW) - where there are toilets. Alternatively you may park sensibly in other on road parking areas. The walk to the event Registration area from town is approximately 1.3 km via the Mill Marsh Park footpath under the A382 (Monks Way) to the Registration area, which will be taped from under the main road on entry to the Parke National Trust site. The walk to the Start from Bovey Tracey is traffic free, once you have crossed the zebra crossing in Bovey Tracey. It is MOSTLY level, with 1 slightly steep descent. 

There will be a bag drop location adjacent to Registration so people can change in that area if needed.

The recommended approach to the event by vehicle is from the A38. Take the A382 north to Bovey Tracey. At the second roundabout, turn right onto the B3344 to find a parking place.

*** National Trust members are requested to scan their membership cards in the Parke car park. 

Registration & Start Times

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

Registration, Start and Finish are close to each other

Course Information

This is a local event with a three courses available: Blue, Green/Light Green and Orange/Yellow.

Start/Finish:  The start and finish are close to each other. Note both are no more than 200 m from the registration area. 

Course Details: These are subject to final controlling:

Blue: Long Full technical Difficulty

Light Green / Green Medium Distance: Full Technical Difficulty

Yellow/Orange Standard Novice: Route following line features

Course Length km Climb m Controls Scale

3.3 km

75 13 1:7500
Light Green /Green 4.4km 90 18 1:7500
Blue 6.8km 140 25 1:7500

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

Pre-entry is via Entries close at 1800hrs on 15th March 2022. Pre-entry is preferred for all courses. A FEW maps ara available for ** CASH ONLY ** Entry on the Day on all courses.

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 NOT be enabled.

Contacts / Officials

Organisers: Jon Croome    07913 390568 

Planner: Steve Perrelle

Risk Assessor: Wilf Taylor

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 .

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