Devon Orienteering


SWOA League Event 1, Devon League Event 2 and Kerno Forest League Event 2: Nr Tavistock

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Whitchurch Common and Pew Tor

Sun 13 Oct 2019

Info updated: 15th Oct
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Moorland






Organiser's Comments: The event today at Whitchurch Common went very well and despite a wet start the technical courses were undertaken by a good number of orienteers. There were a real mix of newcomers and regular runners to complete a range of challenging courses planned by Mike Wimpenny and controlled by Katy Dyer from BOK.  Another good show for Devon Orienteering Club resulting from our strong team efforts. Well done to everyone who participated and helped in putting on the event.  Tim Gent

Pre Event Information

This is a South West league (Galoppen) event and is taking place on Dartmoor.  All ages and abilities are welcome . For details see here: Whitchurch Common and Pew Tor. Further planner's notes, including safety information and course lengths are available here (1st October 2019).

The weather is looking wet up to and including the event so please wear full leg cover and wear/carry a waterproof top. Whistles are compulsory. It will be cold so please bring adequate clothing to allow for this including after the run. 

There will be horses, Dartmoor ponies, cattle and other Moor users about so please keep dogs under control and don’t scare the wild animals. A cycle event passes along the road so we need to squeeze all cars into the large car park to avoid parking on the road.

At course closure at 2.30pm I would really appreciate help collecting controls so please offer assistance at the registration tent. 

First aid will be available at registration.

Please note the prize giving ceremony for the SWOA League 2018/19 will take place at this event outside the Registration tent at 1.00pm.


Nearest town: Tavistock

Directions / Parking

From Tavistock take the Princetown B3357 road, go past Moorshop to the top of Pork Hill and then into the Pork Hill car park on your right. 

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00 - 12.30

Starts 10.30 - 13.00

Courses close 14.30 at which point controls will be collected in

Course Information

A full range of colour coded courses will be available; 

White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Very Short Green, Short Green,

Green, Blue & Brown.

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

Entry fees Seniors £10, Juniors £3, Dibber hire £1

Second Run: £1

The seniors entry fee includes a £2 donation to Dartmoor National Park, as DNP requests.  

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Tim Gent, DEVON (

Planner: Mike Wimpenny, DEVON

Controller: Katy Dyer, BOK

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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