Blean Woods ranking Sunday league event

Sun 14 Feb 2016

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sun 14 Feb


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Faversham

Directions / Parking

Parking is in the grounds of Mount Ephraim House (only 10 minutes from the M2). When travelling from the west along the M2 this is best approached by continuing past the end of the M2 (J7) onto the A299 and taking the first left, marked by a brown sign to Farming World. Turn left again to cross over the A299 and then turn right at the T junction to continue into Staplestreet. Before reaching the Three Horseshoes pub turn left (signposted Hernhill Church / Whitstable). After 500m turn right into the grounds of Mount Ephraim. Parking will be 250m on the right.

Grid Ref:


Closest post code

ME13 9JX

Registration & Start Times

On the day :10:00 to 12:00hrs (please email in advance so we get map numbers)


10:30 to 12:30hrs

Courses close at :


Course Information

Electronic punching (SportIdent) will be used.

Six courses will be available following BOF guidelines :

Brown 6.6 km technically difficult for the fit and experienced

Blue 5.1 km technically difficult but shorter

Green 4 km technical but less physical

Light Green 3 km less technical for intermediates

Orange 2.8 km for progression, basic use of compass and some route choice

Yellow 1.9 km basic for beginners and children

Courses subject to confirmation from the controller

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


Seniors: £9 (BOF members £7)

Juniors £3 

Helper discount £2

Dibber hire £1

Terrain Description

1:7 500 map with contours 5m.  Updated 2016

Blean Wood is a small area of deciduous woodland with some open runnable areas containing a steep-sided valley and stream, making it one of Saxon’s favourite areas.


Unfortunately the Mount Ephraim gardens are closed and so there is not the usual facilities of tea room and toilets.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Nicholas Betts

Planner: Graham Thomas

Controller: Doug Deeks

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.

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