Betteshanger Country Park Summer Series event

Sun 23 Sep 2018

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland

Info updated: Sun 23 Sep


Event Report

Thanks to the adventurous people who braved the rain at Betteshanger today and enjoyed Dave's courses. Results are shown (I have adjusted the 45 min results to remove any controls visited after the 45 min cut-off - but I applaud your enthusiasm!)

Hope to see you again at future Saxons events.


Pre Event Info

A relaxed event for everyone from newcomers and families wanting to try an orienteering treasure hunt to experienced runners wanting some pre-season training. All welcome.

NOTE...if wet (as forecast) registration will be in the visitors centre - follow the signs.


Nearest town: Deal

Directions / Parking

Park is located mid-way between Deal and Sandwich on the A258.

Use post code CT14 0BF


Betteshanger parking is £3. There is a numberplate reading system on entry, you just need to pay at the machines before you leave.

Public Transport options

Nearest public transport Deal Station approx 5km.

Registration & Start Times

The registration tent will be signed from the visitor centre (approx 250m).

Registration 10.00-11.00

Coaching available from 10.15 -11.00

Instructions and safety briefing approx 11.15

Mass start of score event at 11.30

Course Information

45 and 60 minute 'score' courses. Visit as many of the controls (check points) as you can in the time allowed. 

45 min score - simple rules, visit as many controls as you wish, in any order, and be back to the finish within 45 mins.

60 min score - extra rules, controls are in two sets (numbers 40-49 and 50-59) choose one set to start and visit as many as you wish then you must visit the changeover contol (number 31) before moving on the the second set (cannot then return to the first set). Return to the finish within 60 mins, if late you accrue penalty points for eveny minute (or part) you are late back.

Full explanation at the pre-start briefing.

At this series of events we are offering free coaching before the event starts from 10.15-11.00. People wanting to take advantage of this should register close to 10.00 so they can get to the coaching point ready to start the session. Beginners and improvers welcome.

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 on the day only. If possible please let the organiser know if you are coming and if you want to take part in the coaching session so we can print sufficient maps.

Adults £5

Juniors £2

Dibber (timing chip) hire £1

If you want to go as a group just one adult needs to register (and add the other names to the form). Initially you get one map and one dibber but if there are spare maps the extra people can have them at no charge.

Coaching is free.

Terrain Description

The country park was once the spoil heap for Betteshanger Colliery, it has since been landscaped and replanted with open areas, woods, ponds and unimproved scrub. It is popular with both track and mountain cyclists.


Toilets and cafe in visitor centre.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs under control welcome.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Simon Blanchflower

Planner: Dave Pickup

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.

If you have pre-existing helath issues that you feel the organiser should know about please fill in this medical form.



Before travelling to any orienteering event please make sure you are aware of and following British Orienteering guidelines. 

To ensure that we comply with these 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. If you need help with the registration process please contact the event organiser.

On event day turn up for your allocated start slot

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 please get your breath back and recover before downloading.

Saxons volunteers are very happy to help beginners understand the courses, maps and timing equipment used at our events. To get advice please contact at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page and ask questions there. It may be possible to arrange for somoene to meet you before your start.

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.

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