Chilham Castle and Kings Wood event - Cancelled

National event

Sun 29 Mar 2020

Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Tue 17 Mar


Results will be available soon.

Pre Event Info


17 March COVID 19 update: Following the change in Government advice yesterday and the evolving situation, Saxons Orienteering have taken the difficult decision to cancel this event.  We want to thank everyone who had entered already, and we will be arranging for refunds via Fabian4 (less a small amount to cover already committed costs).

We will be looking at the calendar to see when we might be able to reschedule these events and hope we will see you all then.



Nearest town: Canterbury

Directions / Parking

Parking will be at Chilham Castle Estate off the A252. Nearest postcode: CT4 8DB

Public Transport options

Public transport option: Chilham 1.5km, (High Speed line to Ashford - Chilham is 2 stops from Ashford, or 2 stops from Canterbury West)

Registration & Start Times

Pre entry is now open on Fabian 4.  Pre-entries close at midnight on Sunday 22 March.  Limited EOD subject to map availability.  There will be a £2 discount for adults and £1 discount for juniors entering both the events of the Kent Orienteering Weekend

Orienteering Club Member Entry fees: 

Adults £15

Juniors £6

Groups (max 5 per group) £13

There will be a surcharge of £2 for adults and £5 for groups who are not a member of an orienteering club.

Entry on the day will be as above plus £2 surcharge.

Registration will be from 10.00-12.00

Starts will be from 10.30-12.30.

Course Information

Full range of SEL courses:

Black (M21)

Brown (M35 M40)

Short Brown (M18 M20 M45 M50 W21)

Blue (M16 M55 M60 W35 W40)

Short Blue (M65 W18 W20 W45 W50)

Green (M70 W16 W55 W60)

Short Green (M75 W65 W70)

Very Short Green (M80 M85+ W75 W80 W85+)

Light Green (M14 W14)

Orange (M12 W12)

Yellow (M10 W10)

Score Course:

A 1 hour or 2 hour Score Course also available (Novices, Groups)

Pre-entry is encouraged to ensure sufficient maps are available. See attached Fabian4 entry notes for help with group entry.

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 open on Fabian 4. Pre-entries close at midnight on Sunday 22 March.  Limited EOD subject to map availability.  There will be a £2 discount for adults and £1 discount for juniors entering both the events of the Kent Orienteering Weekend

SIAC electronic punching will be enabled on all courses. For those without a SIAC card these can be hired for £2.50 each, subject to availability, but 'normal' dibbers will also work; Non SIAC dibber hire will be free.

Terrain Description

Part of the Kent Downs AONB, Kings Wood is one of the best ancient woodlands in Kent with large sections of open runnable mature beech woodland, chestnut coppice and non-deciduous plantation. Extending over 573 hectares, Kings Wood has interesting contours with chalk pits, dene holes and flint quarries. Look out for fallow deer – a legacy from when Kings Wood was a royal hunting estate.  

New for 2020, the map has been extended into Chilham Castle Estate and also Stanners Wood.  Chilham Castle, built in 1616 on the site of a medieval castle, has extensive grounds originally designed by Capability Brown, and now home to a world class equestrian crosscountry venue.  The grounds offer a complete contrast to the ancient woodland, delivering an exciting and fast finish against an historic backdrop.

The map is 1:10,000 with 5m contour intervals.   


Toilet facilities at Assembly.  Tom’s Catering will be in attendance.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on leads at all times.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Alison Howe

Organiser: Brendon Howe

Planner: Simon Blanchflower

Controller: Andrew Evans

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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