Kent Orienteering League round 8 - Ightham

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Type of event: Local, Schools

Info updated: Tue 1 May


Pre Event Info

KOL 8 visits the fantastic area to the north of the A25, namely Oldbury Hill and surrounding woodland.

Parking at the National Trust car park off Styants Bottom Road for those with children or those less able to walk from the alternative car park. Main car parking will be in the layby by the Crown Point Inn with a taped route to assembly. Please take care crossing the A25.

Five courses available: yellow to blue with a score course suitable for newcomers.


Nearest town: Ightham

Directions / Parking

Event Centre, registration and start area will be located adjacent to the National Trust parking area at Oldbury Hill. This is located on Styants Bottom Road off the A25 at Ightham and is clearly signposted.

Parking in the NT car park is limited, so we ask that only those with children use this location and that all others park on the service road adjacent to the Crown Point Inn (Post Code TN15-0HB).

There will be a taped route from the Eastern end of the Crown Point service road to the registration area. The route will involve crossing the A25 and walking along Styants Bottom Road. The road crossing will not be manned – please take care!

Styants Road is quiet, but please still be aware of traffic danger.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10:30 to 12:00

Start times from 11:00 to 12:30

Courses close 14:00

Course Information

Five courses available:

Short blue         technical

Light green       moderate technical

Orange             beginner moderate

Yellow               beginner easy

Score                find as many controls as you can in one hour; suitable for all


Newcomers and Novices

Newcomers and novices are always very welcome at Saxons events. Please drop us a line if you have any questions or if you’d like some help to get started. The club has a number of qualified coaches and ‘old hands’ that are only too happy to help.

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. Please let the organiser know if you are planning to run, especially if you are bringing a large group. This will ensure we have enough maps printed for everyone taking part.

British Orienteering adult members and groups on Light Green and Blue courses £5

Non British Orienteering adults on Light Green and Blue courses £6

Adults on Orange and Yellow courses £2

Adults on Score course £5

Juniors £2

Dibber hire £1

Terrain Description

Oldbury Hill and the surrounding forest is a great mixture of runnable woodland, interesting fine contour detail, well mapped vegetation and a skeletal path network.


Courses and Road Crossings

Light Green and Score courses will involve an unmanned road crossing of Styants Bottom Road. Yellow and Orange courses do not involve road crossings.

Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Score courses all finish close to the registration area. A clothing dump area will be made available at Registration.

The Blue course involves a number of unmanned road crossings as well as a short section of road running in order to get to the Eastern section of woodland we are using. The Blue course will have a separate finish from the other courses.


There are no toilet facilities at the Event Centre. The Crown Point Inn have kindly offered the use of their facilities. Please be mindful of dirty shoes and clothing when entering the pub.

We hope to have refreshments available at the Event Centre (tea, coffee, squash, biscuits). Food will be available from 9am onwards in The Crown Point Inn.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/organiser: Brendon Howe

Planner/organiser: Alison Howe

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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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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