Majestic Kings WoodSat 9 Mar

Kent Orienteering League #7

Local level event

Explanation of event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun App.

Terrain type: Woodland & Forest


Kings Wood Results


League table - Yellow

League table - Orange

League table - Green

League table - Blue

League table - Score

Schools League


A fabulous day of orienteering in Kings Wood! The sun was shining and the blue bells were starting to turn the forest floor green. Some great planning by Austin Howe produced some fast times, as well as a good challenge for our juniors and newcomers.

About 20 Saxons members also took part in an excellent coaching session where they had the opportunity to learn and practice new skills.

Last updated: Sun 10 March, 2024


Join us at Majestic Kingswood for round seven of the Kent Orienteering League. Kingswood boasts some of the best runnable woodland in the South East.

Kent Orienteering League

Kent Orienteering League events are organised by Saxons and DFOK and take place on Saturday mornings. A range of courses are available to suit all abilities including newcomers with no experience. League tables are published after each event.

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Location Info

Near: Ashford
Lat,Lng: 51.21696,0.88560
What3Words: learning.dollars.submitted

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Directions / Parking

Access to the parking area will be from the A251, Buck Street. Parking will be along forest tracks. Access will be via the wood yard (W3W: ///learning.dollars.submitted). Please follow marshals directions and keep your speed to 5mph max., watching out for other users (bikes, horses, dog walkers, orienteers). Exit will be via the same route. Use the turning circle along the forest track (past the Event Centre by the cones); do proceed with caution onto the A251 as residential hedging limits visibility.

Warning: there is an Orienteering Skills Session running prior to the KOL. Participants, many of whom are juniors, may be crossing the track along which you will be parking at a number of different places. Please stick to the 5MPH limit and give way.

Public Transport Options

Fast trains service both Ashford and Canterbury after which there are slower trains via Challock. It is about a 2km walk from the station. Alternatively, there is a good bus route that passes Kingswood from either Ashford or Canterbury. Arrival via bike is also an option. 

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

Kingswood is indeed majestic, and boasts some of the best runnable woodland in the South East. The terrain is sloping with a number of larger valley systems running North South. In addition to the stands of mature beech are other areas of chestnut coppice and non-deciduous stands. The area is criss-crossed with a number of forest tracks and some smaller paths. there are also plenty of earth features to keep orienteers on their toes.

Course Information

Five courses available:

Yellow - Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners. Distance 2.1 km, 55m climb.

Orange - Moderate, controls are on or near paths with more route choice. Good for progressing juniors and beginner adults who are reasonably confident reading a map. Distance 2.4km, 75m climb.

Green - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers requiring a shorter run than the blue course. Distance 4.4km, 120m climb.

Blue - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers. Distance 5.9km, 180m climb.

Score - No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit. Find as many of the 21 controls as possible in one hour. Good for adult beginners, those progressing from orange to green, and those that want to be back in a set time.

Score21 Controls60 minutes

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-entry only. This will be via

Senior (member/non-member): £7/£10

Junior/Student (member/non-member) £4/£6

Group (member/non-member): £10/£15

Basic non-SIAC dibber (electronic timing device) available for hire free of charge. SIAC dibbers available for hire for £1.50.

Entries close the day before the event.

Registration and Start times

Start times will be from 11:00 to 12:30. Courses close at 14:30.


None. Please go before you arrive. There are public toilets in Charing, Wye and Chilham.

Dog restrictions

Well-behaved dogs on a lead. Please give way to avoid tangling up other runners.

Contacts / Officials

Planner - Austin Howe

Organiser - Brendon Howe

Newcomer support and coaching

Nearest A&E Hospital

William Harvey Hospital A&E, Ashford TN24 0LZ, or Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury, Ethelbert Rd, CT1-3NG
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Safety Notes

Competitors should bring a whistle in case of an emergency. Novices and newcomers are encouraged to bring a mobile phone; organiser's contact details are on the map.