Angley Wood Local Event

"Back To Orienteering" series event 2

Sun 16 May 2021

Welcome to Saxons second "Back To Orienteering" event at the Angley Wood, Cranbrook.  Parking at High Weald Academy (TN17 2PJ).   Event rescheduled from November 2020. 

Type of event: Local

Info updated: Mon 12 Apr

Pre Event Info


Entry in advance via RaceSignUp website only (link).

Entries close at midnight on Thursday 13 May. No entries on the day. You will be required to chose a 15 minute start slot as part of the advanced entry.  Please try to stick to your chosen start window to ensure appropriate social distancing can be maintained at the start.   

Control descriptions will not be available in the start lanes on the day but they will be on the maps and will be placed on this webpage on Friday 14 May for you to print if you want.

On Arrival 

Hire dibbers must be collected from the event centre on the sports field between the car park and Angley Woods - they will have been sanitised and will be in sealed envelopes. 

No key drop at the start, and no clothing dump. Distance from the car park to the start is about 200m.

At the Start

Please keep clear of the Start area until your start window opens.

When your start window opens, please use the hand sanitiser provided and join the start queues, observing distancing guidelines. Please wait to approach the start until later in your start window if more than 6 orienteers are waiting to start. 

There will be two start lanes: one for Blue course and Score and one for Light Green and Yellow courses. Starts will be clearly signed.

Accompanying adults who are not racing are asked to stay away from the Start, Finish and Download areas.  

The start will be a self-service affair as much as possible. Please ensure you clear your dibber on entering the start lane, and punch the Check box, (for safety check and also to enable SIAC dibbers). It is then a Punching start.

Controls will be SIAC contactless enabled so those with SIACs can swipe, others must “punch” the dibber as normal. Finish must be punched by all.

Please do not linger at controls, move away once you have punched. Try to maintain the 10/2 rule (stay 10m behind runners on path legs, 2m at controls).

After your run

The route from the Finish to the sports field will be taped. After your run please don't forget to download: use hand sanitiser provided and follow the instructions on the screen at the event tent. Please remember to return hired dibbers by placing them in the pink container provided.

There will be no print off at download, but live (preliminary) results will be available online directly here Any issues will be dealt with remotely via email after the event. Please email the organisers if you've an issue. 


Nearest town: Cranbrook

Directions / Parking

Parking at High Weald Academy, entrance from A229 in Cranbrook. No charge for parking

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Public Transport options

Nearest rail station is at Staplehurst, 6.5 miles north of Cranbrook. Bus 5 runs every two hours on Sundays.

Course Information

Four courses available:

Yellow. Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners.

Light green. Moderate, with more route choice. Good for progressing juniors and beginner adults who are reasonably confident reading a map.

Blue. As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers.

Score. No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit. Find as many of the 20 controls as possible in one hour. Good for adult beginners, those progressing from orange and those that want to be back in a set time.

Course Length - km Climb - m No. of Controls Start
Yellow 2.3 45    
Light Green 4.0 110    
Blue 5.5 140    
Score (1 hour)   20  

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 in advance via RaceSignUp website only (link). No entry on the day. Entries close Thursday 13th May at midnight. Once you have entered the event, don't forget to go to the checkout.  Entries will not be completed until payment has been made. You may make multiple entries, (eg other family members) before proceeding to the checkout.  

Due to the current Covid conditions, the event is not recommended to those who have not participated in an orienteering event before as we will be unable to provide the same level of support and assistance as normal.  

If you're unsure, or need any advice or assistance in the registration process, please contact the organisers. 

Adult British Orienteering Members: £5.  Adult non-members: £8

Junior British Orienteering Members: £3.  Junior non-members: £5

Group (2-5 participants in total): £10 (British Orienteering Members), £15 (non-members) 

Group (1 senior and 1 junior only): £8 (members), £13 (non members)

The prices above include the loan of electronic timing equipment (aka dibber) if required, and a waterproof map per competitor (yours to keep after the event). Dibbers are expensive and a £35 charge will be due if the dibber is lost.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, who is living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or who has been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace should not attend this event.

A full refund will be available to anyone who needs to withdraw their entry because they or a member of their household has COVID-19 symptoms, or because they have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Terrain Description

Mixed forest with a good path network, much of it delightful beech woodland. Some areas contain brambles, bracken or are recently felled.  Courses designed to avoid these areas.


Sorry but no toilets. Facilities in the town are currently closed.
No water station - please bring your own. Shops open in Cranbrook.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs welcome but must be on leads.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Ken Fox

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.


Before travelling to any orienteering event please make sure you are aware of and following government lockdown rules. To enable us to maintain social distancing requirements, we will not be offering coaching to beginners at the start. If you havent tried orienteering before and need guidance please contact our head coach in the first instance.

To ensure that we comply with Government and British Orienteering guidelines and make our events Covid secure and safe for participants and volunteers, all events will be pre-entry and pre-payment only.

During the on-line entry process, you will select your preferred start window from those available for your course. You must then make payment to reserve your start window. Please do not turn up at the event unless you have pre-entered. 

On event day turn up for your allocated start slot

Always respect others & social distance even when orienteering

Please move away from the map box after collecting your map.

At control sites do not touch the control, and move through quickly.

Do not congregate at the Finish.

At Download ensure you are drip and spittle free before downloading.

For full BO Covid guidance click here

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.

Privacy: when entering our events your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports. Read our privacy policy to see how we look after your personal data.

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.