Devon Orienteering


River Dart Country Park, Ashburton

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Devon League Event 5

Sun 02nd Mar 2014

Info updated: 21st Oct
Type of event: District-(C)
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland


Results River Dart Country Park 2.3.14


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Planner's Comments: Planning of this event was more difficult than on previous occasions because of additional access restrictions. A significant part of the woodland area in the Country Park was unavailable because of woodland management work. In addition the access between the Country Park and Hembury Woods was restricted to the gate at the bottom. This meant that there was more climb than recommended by the guidelines on the technical courses, and that it was difficult to keep the longer courses away from the paths. Despite this, most comments were reasonably favourable.

The decision to hold a night event using the same controls on the previous evening meant that a lot of labour was saved. I would like to thank Steve Edmonds, the organiser of that event, for putting out most of the controls and making things very relaxed for me on the day. I would like to thank the Torbay scouts and others who helped collect controls in the heavy rain on Sunday afternoon. I would also like to thank Bryan Smith for suggesting a number of useful improvements to the courses and control sites. It was gratifying to have such a large turnout despite the indifferent weather in the morning, at least the afternoon deluge did not start till everyone had finished. (Mike Cullen: Planner)

Organiser's Comments: I was pleased to see well over 100 runners there today which reflects the good position of this venue. Sorry I couldn't produce the wall to wall sunshine we experienced on Saturday  but at least you were all back from your runs before the rain came thundering down. My thanks to the TBGS boys who didn't let the "dampness" put them off collecting the controls in record time and all the helpers who contributed so much to the successful running of the event. (Steve Perrelle: Organiser)

Controller's Comments: It was pleasing that the more limited area within which Mike was able to plan -plus the requirement to use the gate on the southern boundary of the estate - still provided suitably challenging and enjoyable courses, evidenced by competitors' positive responses at the end of their run and in the download area. This was the case across all seven courses. Winning times were about right. The opportunity to use 1:5000 maps for White, Yellow and Orange courses enabled the large number of competitors on these courses to engage well with the map, a good number of whom enjoyed a second run. As far as organisation was concerned, Steve's team did a good job as usual; it is great to see so many of the tasks on the day being carried out by younger members of the club. As the heavier rain approached the job of "counting them all out and counting them all back again" became more urgent, particularly regarding one or two less experienced competitors, but before too long, I was pleased to say, the number of starters tallied with the number of finishers. (Bryan Smith: Controller)

Pre Event Information

As with all Devon League events this is suited to all levels of experience and ability with courses to suit everyone. Orienteering is primarily a running event but you go very much at your own pace. If you have not tried the sport before there will be helpers and coaches available at registration to advise you.

Flyer with details: River Dart Flyer March 2014

This is the 5th Devon League event of the 2013/14 season. It is also a British Orienteering ranking event. Everyone welcome!

Terrain: Parkland plus Hembury woods. Needless to say it could be heavy underfoot bearing in mind the weather we have experienced.  Please bring suitable clothing for adverse weather. Cagoules and Whistles may be made compulsory and checked. 

Map: A4,1:10000, waterproof. 

Facilities: Toilets and café adjoining registration.  They do a good coffee as well as snacks and meals.  


Nearest town: Ashburton

Directions / Parking

The event is taking place in the grounds of the River Dart Country Park and the adjoining Hembury Woods.  

Grid Reference: SX735698

Post Code: TQ13 7TS

Follow the brown Tourist signs to the park from the Peartree cross junction on the A38 (Two Bridges junction).

Use upper levels of car park as directed on the day please.

You will need to pay the car park fee of £3 for 3 hours so car sharing would be a good idea.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10.00 to 12.30  

Starts: 10.30 to 12.30 (Courses close at 14.30) 

Course Information

This is a Level C Event with White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Green, Blue and Brown Courses. 

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

We use an electronic recording system (SI) and if you do not have your own “dibber” they can be hired at the event.

Entry Fee: £7 adults, £2.00 juniors. SI Card Hire: £1; Lost card  £30;   2nd runs £1

If any school or youth groups are planning to come along it would be helpful if they could let the organiser know in advance with potential numbers so we can make sure we have plenty of maps.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Steve Perelle

Phone: 01803 401805

Planner: Mike Cullen

Controller: Bryan Smith

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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