Eridge Sunday event

Final details published 5 Jan

Sun 12 Jan 2020

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

Info updated: Wed 15 Jan


Pre Event Info

Please Note that a requirement of our access to Eridge for orienteering is that every participant MUST sign to say that they have read the insurance indemnity conditions of the Estate. This form will be available for signing in the pre-start area. The details are shown here


a) Subject to sub-clause (b) below, the Estate is not liable for:

i) The death of, or injury to, participants at the orienteering event;

ii) Any damage to any property of participants at the event; or

iii) incurred by participants in the exercise of the rights granted by the Licence (‘Agreement for Orienteering Event: Nevill Estate Co Ltd & Saxons OC’); or

iv) Any loss or damage suffered by participants at the event as a result of any cause beyond the Estate’s control that prevents Saxons from using the Site and the Parking Area


b) Nothing in sub-clause (a) shall limit or exclude the Estate’s liability for:

i) Death or personal injury or damage to property caused by negligence on the part of the Estate, of their employees or agents.

ii) Any matter in respect of which it would be unlawful for the Estate to exclude or restrict liability.


Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells

Directions / Parking

Event will be signed from the A267 south of Frant. Driving south on the A267 there is an 'island' in the road just before the entance to the park. Take care turning right onto the estate. If you miss it take the next left turn and retrace your steps

Parking will be off an estate road within the parkland with great views.

Please note there is a planned closure of the A21 which may affect your travel plans. See details here 

Registration & Start Times

Entry on the day registration from 10-12

Starts from 10.30-12.30

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


The Start is approx. 750 m  downhill from the parking area.

Returning from the Finish

Light Green, Green, Blue & Brown: The route from this Finish goes through a tall kissing gate in the deer fence. Competitors on the Blue and Brown course will have to use this same gate to get onto the Deer Park during their race – please give them priority!

Yellow, Orange & 60 minute Score:The route from this Finish will be taped.

Clothing dump

The route back from both finishes passes close to the Start. There will be an un-manned clothing dump near the start; bring your own bag.

Course closing time

Courses close at 14.30


You should have clothing suitable for walking/running around a wood, especially if it is wet and cold.  Full cover leg protection is required. Carrying of whistles for emergency use is recommended.

 Ticks may be present in the competition area; Check over your whole body after competing and again over the next few days, removing any ticks without delay.  If bites develop a rash or become inflamed, obtain medical advice.  

Please be careful crossing streams/ditches, steep slopes, etc.  While we have carried out a full risk assessment of the competition area, and put in place any mitigation of found risks, please be aware that you take part at your own risk.  Parents are responsible for their children and advice is available on request, about what courses may be suitable.

If you have travelled to the event alone, please leave at Registration your Vehicle registration and ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact details.

 If you have existing medical conditions you are invited to download and complete the standard British Orienteering form (officials_handbook_safety_firstaid_medical form_280514.doc).  Place it in a sealed envelope with your name on the outside and leave it at Registration.  Envelopes will only be opened if required for a medical emergency and unopened envelopes will be destroyed immediately after the event.

Course Information

 Course details 

Course Length Climb

Number of


Yellow 2.5 k 85 m 8
Orange 3.0 k 100 m 9
Light Green 3.2 k 145 m 11
Green 4.7 k 155 m 14
Blue 7.0 k 250 m 18
Brown 9.2 k 350 m 25
Score (60 minutes)     18

Controls will not be SIAC enabled.


Detail of Map & Course info

Scale 1:10,000  5m contour interval.

Produced by Peel Land Surveys Spring 2017 with revision December 2019 (mainly felling / vegetation changes and OOB) by Mark Glaisher.

Map specification ISOM 2000.

There is no Legend on the map (separate legends will be available at Registration and the Start).

Special features on the map:-

X   (black cross) Horse jump

O  (green open circle) Distinctive tree


There is a high deer fence around the open parkland. The Deer Fence is marked with red overprint and is Not to be Crossed except at marked crossing points.

There are a number of areas with an Out of Bounds screen, and these are Not to be Crossed or entered.

Not all small paths are mapped.


The area used for this event is the southern part of the Eridge Estate map.

Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Green courses are entirely in woodland.

Blue, Brown and 60 min Score also visit the parkland (the Deer Park) via mandatory crossing points in the deer fence. One crossing point is a cattle grid on an Estate road – please be aware that there might be an occasional vehicle on this road.

There are two Finishes:-

F1: Yellow, Orange and 60min Score.

F2: Light Green, Green, Blue & Brown.

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

Pre-entry is now closed.

Entry on the day registration fees are:

Adults £14 plus £2 surcharge for non-British Orientering members

Juniors £7 (no surcharge)

Group entries £20

Dibber (recording device) loan free. 

Terrain Description

The Eridge Estate is reputedly the oldest enclosed Deer Park in England.

The Estate has open parkland and ancient runnable technical woodland. Plenty of contour detail. The area has previously been used for National and SE League events and the Harvester Relays.

The woodland is hilly (100m height difference across the map) and features crags and many valleys and streams. It is actively managed so there is the evidence of forestry work. No works will be taking place on the day, but there are log piles and brashing stacks that should be avoided. Some areas of recent felling have brashings strewn about, making for slow progress – these are shown on the map as rough open with an undergrowth-walk screen.

The mature woodland is predominantly deciduous trees, with the occasional needle-leaved tree (conifer, pine and yew) amongst them.

The prolonged wet weather recently means that the paths are muddy, the slopes slippery and crossing marshes is slow going. Some features shown as dry on the map may be water-filled.

Some paths cross streams via a wooden ‘bridge’ similar to a railway sleeper. These have a very slippery surface. Also please be aware that there are the remains of abandoned fences (posts, wire and steel frames) in places, which can pose a trip hazard.

Safety bearing from the woodland is north to meet the deer fence.

The Parkland is also well contoured. It is mainly open land with short grass, but with the recent weather, can be boggy. There will be deer in the parkland.


Portable toilets will be on site near Registration

Dogs allowed?

No dogs please even in cars. This is a deer park and this dog restriction is part of our agreement for access to the area

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Jean Fitzgerald

Planner: Sarah Howes

Planner: Mark Glaisher

Controller: David Dawson

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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