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Devon & Cornwall Night League 4: Virtuous Lady

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Sat 02nd Mar 2019

Info updated: 20th Feb
Type of event: Local, Night
Type of terrain: Moorland, Woodland

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.    

Location

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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