Devon Orienteering


Maprun: Golden Dagger, Dartmoor

From Sunday 4th October 2020

Our next maprun is aimed at experienced Orienteers in one of the best areas on the Moor. It is not suitable for novices due to the very technical nature of the area. If you don’t believe me download the map and see for yourself !  This is real Orienteering….but without a flag to help.

The Maprun will be available from Sunday 4th October to Saturday 17th October.

For more details see below. 

Course information:

This is a 90 minute Score course using an up to date map which reflects what you will actually find on the ground. The smaller thinner bracken is dying off well and the thicker areas which are marked can be kept away from quite easily.

If you are fast and very confident you might get round in less than 90 minutes. However, we have given the extra time to allow those who are “having fun” working out which gully they should be in the extra time to enjoy it. You choose how long you are out there of course.

The map extract provides an illustration; it is technical! Note that the map is at a scale of 1:7500.

Although I am no doubt teaching you to suck eggs….

  • If it looks difficult it probably is so slow down when unsure and if in doubt simplify
  • When in the tricky stuff have a plan.. running in the general direction is unlikely to be successful.


We recommend you use the small car parks to the North East of the Warren House Inn Pub on the B3212. The start and finish is at Bennett’s Cross  SX 677810 . Please park considerately if busy. 

Essential information:

  • If you haven't tried MapRun before more details can be found on the website here:  Devon Orienteering Club Maprun
  • The map can be printed off using the following link: Maprun Golden Dagger  
  • The course on MaprunF has a pin for access which is: 5372

  • There is a phone signal etc at the car park but it is sensible to download your course onto your phone using the Maprun F app before you arrive..  Do not think about running the course without a paper map… you will not be successful !

As with all our MapRun courses you are free to run these courses whenever you like, as many times as you like.  MapRun produces a set of results so you are able to compare your time and route with others.

It really is a great area… and a real challenge. All we need now is some good weather to go with it and possibly coffee or lunch at the pub afterwards!  Steve P. 

General safety guidance for all individual Mapruns:  

  • Individual Mapruns are run at your own risk 
  • Each runner should make their own assessment of risks in the Maprun area, including terrain and weather, and how those risks are best managed 
  • Be aware of risks associated with traffic, cyclists and pedestrians, and act sensibly 
  • Under 16’s should be accompanied or appropriately supervised, particularly where there are risks associated with traffic. (NB. The above Golden dagger course is not suitable for novices.)
  • Current social distancing guidance and other measures to limit risks associated with coronavirus should be followed. 
  • In more remote areas, visit the venue with at least one other "buddy" who knows the area you are in, when you leave for your run and when you are expected back. Alternatively let someone know your plans and alert them when you are back. Carry a whistle as well as your phone. 


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