An Enchanted Place Sunday series event

Sun 9 Feb 2020

Welcome to the home of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the Enchanted Place gang as we return to the Ashdown Forest for a Regional Sunday Series event.

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Heathland, Woodland

Info updated: Tue 7 Jan

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Forest Row

Directions / Parking

Main parking is at Gills Lap car park: Post code: TN22 3JD
What3Words: ///threading.fluffed.congested (entrance from B2026; there is another
entrance on Kidd’s Hill)
Location: Junction of B2026 Chuck Hatch Road and Kidd’s Hill

Overflow parking is at Four Counties car park: Post code: TN22 3JD
What3Words: ///renews.nearly.blackmail (northern entrance)

Location: B2026 High Road, 0.3 mile south of Gills Lap on W side of B2026.
Please follow the Marshall's intructions. A taped walking route away from the main road will take you to Gills Lap and assembly. Please note this route follows a short section of tarmac driveway then crosses Kidd’s Hill road at an unmarshalled crossing opposite Gills Lap car park.  Juniors should be accompanied by responsible adults.

Travel Directions & Parking:

By road:

From the north:
Via East Grinstead:

A22 south, turn left just north of Nutley onto Crowborough Road for 1.9 miles.
At junction with B2026, turn left (N) onto B2026. 
Follow B2026 1.9 miles to junction with Kidd’s Hill.
Entrance to Gills Lap car park is just past this junction on lefthand side of B2026

Via Tunbridge Wells:

A26 SW through Crowborough to junction with New Road. 
Turn right (W) onto New Road for 1 mile to junction with B2026. 
Turn right (N) onto B2026. 
Follow B2026 1.8 miles N to junction with Kidd’s Hill.
Entrance to Gills Lap car park is just past this junction on lefthand side of B2026.

From the south:

A26 or A22 north. 
At roundabout where they meet, take A22 Uckfield Bypass north.
At second roundabout take first exit, staying on A22 (now called Maresfield Bypass). 
At second roundabout take second exit (Straight Half Mile) then first left, B2026. 
Follow B2026 N for 4.2 miles to junction with Kidd’s Hill.
Entrance to Gills Lap car park is just past this junction on lefthand side of B2026.

Public Transport options

Nearest railway stations are Crowborough (6.6 miles), Uckfield (7.3 miles) or East Grinstead (7.6 miles) but no onwards bus service on a Sunday – cycle or take taxi instead.

Registration & Start Times

Main car parking will be at Gills Lap car park (TN22 3JD), junction of B2026 Chuck Hatch Road and Kidd’s Hill) with overflow parking at Four Counties car park (TN22 3JD, B2026 High Road).

Registration, Enquiries, loan dibber collection and Download will be on the open ground to the rear (NW) of Gills Lap car park (approx. 100m).

Registration will be open from 10.00-12.00 with starts 10.30-12.30

White and Yellow maps will be available for competitors at Registration.

Course closing time: is 14.30. Please proceed straight to Download after you finish. You must download at assembly, even if you abandon your race. This is a safety check to ensure that all competitors are back. If you have hired a dibber, please return it at download.

Existing Medical Conditions: Please leave details of any existing medical conditions at Registration before starting.  Pre-entered participants: please go via Registration first to do this, instead of going directly to the Start.

Details provided will be kept securely in a sealed, envelope with the participant’s name on the front.  At the end of the event, the details will be either handed back to the participant in person by the Download team or securely destroyed by the Organiser (and confirmed to the participant if requested).

Safety: There are other animals present in Ashdown Forest, such as cattle, feral horses/ponies and deer.  Wherever possible give them room and try to avoid startling them.
Bracken and similar vegetation are home to ticks whose bite can cause Lyme disease in rare cases in humans.  Please familiarise yourself with the symptoms and advice here:, check yourself after the event and see your GP if you think you have had a tick bite.

Course Information

Course Length Climb No. controls
Brown 8.5 k 330 m 23
Blue 6.2 k 220 m 23
Green 4.7 k 170 m 15
Light Green 3.9 k 140 m 11
Orange 3.1 k 95 m 10
Yellow 2.6 k 90 m 8
White 2.1 k 80 m 10
60 min Score     20

Distances shown are for the shortest possible actual routes

There will be a marshalled road crossing from Gills Lap car park across the B2026 into / back from the event area.
There are no road crossings on any course.

Planner’s Notes:

The courses are on the highest part of Ashdown Forest, up to 220m above sea level, and some parts of all the courses are on exposed heathland. Please be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather.
There is a stream valley running roughly South to North through the competition area. The stream runs fast after rainfall. White, Yellow and Orange courses will cross the stream using a bridge. All other competitors should choose their crossing points with care, taking into account the conditions on the day.
There are areas of gorse mapped as ‘forest: walk’ on the map (dark green). Most of the gorse is dense and it will rarely – if ever – be a good route choice to go through an area mapped as ‘forest: walk’.
There are numerous small, unmapped paths mostly created by wild animals (deer).

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

Registration is now live on Fabian 4.

and will close at midnight, Sunday 2nd February

Entry fees: £10 adults; £6 juniors. There will be a £2 surcharge for adults who are not members of an orienteering club.

Entries on the day (EOD) will be available for all courses, subject to the availability of maps. 

Entry fees: £12 adults; £8 juniors. There will be a £2 surcharge for adults who are not members of an orienteering club.

Group entry will be taken on the day only. Each member of a group will get a map. Cost for 2 adults and associated juniors £25. Please contact the organiser in advance to reserve maps.

Timing: the event will use SportIdent electronic timing. Control units will NOT be SIAC enabled – you will need to manually punch the Start, Finish and each control on your course.

Dibber Loan (recording device): dibbers can be reserved when pre-entering on Fabian4 or borrowed on the day. If you want to reserve a dibber when entering on Fabian4, please use the Special Request box on Step 3 of the online entry form to let us know. There is no charge for borrowing a dibber but there is a £30 charge for lost SI dibbers

Start times will not be pre-allocated. If you have registered with Fabian4 and don't need to borrow a dibber you can go straight to the start.

The Start is approx. 300m / c. 5 min walk from the Assembly area and the route will be taped.

There are no toilets at the Start.  Please use the temporary toilets in Gills Lap car park.

There will be a clothing dump situated close to Download at Gills Lap.  Use a suitable weatherproofed bag to protect your clothing.  All items are left at the owner’s risk.

Terrain Description

Open heathland and runnable woodland, part of Ashdown forrest, and previously used for the CompassSport Cup round in 2019. This time the courses will all be east of the B2026; only the longer courses went into this area at the CompassSport Cup round.

Map:  1:10,000 scale, 5m contours, 300m between Magnetic North lines, A4 Printed on waterproof paper. Map produced by Peel Land Surveys, Spring 2018. Map bags will not be used. Brown will have double sided maps.

Control Descriptions: These will be printed on the maps with loose descriptions available in the Start lanes. Senior courses will have pictorial descriptions.  Score, White, Yellow and Orange will have dual text and pictorial descriptions.

Out of bounds: Normal OOB rules and map markings apply.  There is one OOB area for a grazing field enclosed by an electric fence.

Clothing & footwear: Full body cover is required and studded or spiked shoes are advised.  Kagoules may be compulsory in the event of bad weather.  Competitors will be advised on the day.

Shadowing: Parents wishing to shadow their children must have completed their run first if they wish to be competitive on their course.


There will be 2 portable toilets in the main car park at Gills Lap.

Saxons will be providing tea and coffee from the registration shelter, or bring your own water and refreshments.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are permitted in the parking and assembly areas on a lead.  No dogs on the courses please.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Graham Denney

Planner: Richard Field

Controller: Ian Marsden

Important Information

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.

Ticks and Lyme Disease: Ticks are common in areas where we go orienteering, more information about ticks.

Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.

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Data Protection: Your personal information provided for this event or obtained from registration databases will be used to process your entry, publish results, check for missing runners and trace missing SI cards.