Devon Orienteering


Devon & Cornwall Night League 4: Virtuous Lady

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Sat 2 Mar 2019

Info updated: 06th Mar
Type of event: Local, Night
Type of terrain: Moorland, Woodland






Planner's comments

Thank you for turning up on a windy mizzly night, it was good to see such good numbers from near and far, scout 1sttimers and experienced.  Congratulations to those that had clear runs and apologies to those that struggled with the technicality, I hope you enjoyed the challenge and come back and try again.

Virtuous Lady was chosen as I could start from Bedford Bridge Car Park a reasonably sheltered spot if weather turned out to be foul, this turned out to be a good decision. Planning started after Christmas. The Green and Jade were planned to be technical but easier than a daylight course, with 1km difference in physical difficulty. Orange was planned using good line features and controls placed on obvious features. The valley running south under the cycle path viaduct and into the edge of the moorland was used for the start of all courses. The longer courses looped clockwise around onto the wooded slopes back to and following the river back to the finish. Comments from orienteers explained problems with making sense of the complicated path network on the moorland then becoming a bit more straight forward in the wooded areas.

It is always a bit worrying when there are a number of DNFs. Some of the runners had only completed one orienteering event, a night event at Mt Edgecombe and think over estimated their ability. They did say they enjoyed the experience. I am not sure why the experienced guys struggled I hope it was due to the cut off time and in future I will allow more time and not be controlled by the call of a nice warm pub!

Thanks, and much appreciation to those stalwarts of the club for their help. 
Nicholas Maxwell for access and course checking.
Roger Green for maps, risk assessment check/adjustment and printing.
Andy and Alison Reynolds running the SI and results. 
Alan Simpson for sorting supplying and collecting the SI equipment. 

Pre Event Information

Our next night event is taking place at Virtuous Lady from the Bedford Bridge car park, so if you are up for another night event or trying your first come along and add that extra challenge of orienteering in the dark.

Virtuous Lady has a good path network, both in the woods and on the open moors with a cycle path and viaduct (old railway) running through the area in use. It is a comparatively sheltered area and might be the perfect place to give night orienteering a go. Some people swear by night events …. others swear at them… but come what may they can be fun and certainly challenging.  It's not really suitable for absolute beginners as they have enough issues finding their way around in the daylight.

As always on these events there is an Orange course which keeps you on or close to paths at all times or you can try a Jade or Green course which are more technical and generally longer options. Having said that at night it often pays to use your line features as guides even on the technical courses as some certainty as to where you are is nice!

What’s the most important bit of kit you need?   That’s a head torch, and the more powerful the better. The more light you can send out the easier it becomes. Whistles are compulsory, and you should carry two torches just in case one dies.! Cagoules may be compulsory weather dependant, but dress for the weather as always.    


Nearest town: Horrabridge nr. Tavistock

Directions / Parking

Bedford Bridge Car Park off A386 Yelverton-Tavistock

Streetmap link

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 1730 in the main car park.

Start: 1730ish when dark -1830

Courses close: 1945

Course Information

Map Scale 1:5000

Orange   2.1 km    Climb 90m     8 Controls
Jade       3.1 km    Climb 110m  11 controls
Green     4.2 km    Climb 175m  15 controls

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: £5 for Adults and Groups and £3 for Juniors. £1 Dibber hire. 

Contacts / Officials

Steve Edmonds ()

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