KNC 11: Whinless Down & High Meadow

Thu 2 Dec 2021

Whinless Down & High Meadow worked well as a Night Cup.....

Type of event: Local, Night, Score
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland

Info updated: Sun 5 Dec


Event Report

Whinless Down & High Meadow worked well as a Night Cup venue. Although relatively small (the map was 1:4000 scale) the area packs a punch with a central ridge that's 60m / 200ft high. Our thanks go to Dover DC for permission to hold the event, and to Simon for the recently revised map and the course. Best scores were by Sean Cronin (180) and Sam Prior (110).


Pre Event Info

Map notes:

The map is 1:4000 with 5m contours. Because of the large scale it is two sided. Start and Finish are on side "A" which covers the SE portion of the area. Part "B" covers the NW of the area. There is considerable overlap, any controls in the overlap area will appear on both maps. Control descriptions will be on the map (side"B").


Safety bearing:

If on map "B" head west onto map "A". On map "A" head south (or south-west) to the playing field with road beyond.


Nearest town: Dover

Directions / Parking

Meet on Elms Vale Road, Dover, outside the Elms Vale Recreation Ground. The road is quite wide and there is only light traffic. Do not park in the recreation ground as it is locked at night.

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Travelling from the M20 continue on A20 through the Folkestone tunnels, after about 5k take the exit left towards Dover on B2011 (Folkestone Road, signed to West Hougham). As you enter the town turn sharp left at mini-roundabout onto Elms Vale road. Continue 1.25k to recreation ground (on right) and park on the road just after the park entrance.

From other directions take Folkestone road from the town centre past Dover Priory station and turn right at mini-roundabout onto Elms Vale road.

Public Transport options

Dover Priory is 2k away. Leave station onto Folkestone road turn right (west) for 750m to mini-roundabout and turn right onto Elms Vale Road, follow for 1.25k to recreation ground.

Registration & Start Times

Starts 7.30 to 7.45 pm.

Course Information

60 minute time limit score event.

20 controls in two sets (90s and 100s). Start with one set and when you have done enough change to the other set (change at any time, no changeover control) after which you cannot change back. 10 points per control.

There are also two bonus pairs (dumbells). If you choose to do 90&91 and/or 100&101 in sequence (either direction) you get a bonus of 20 points per dumbell.

Maximum score 240.

Explanation of Score courses

You don't have to visit all the controls! There is usually a time limit, instead of a set course. Points are scored for visiting controls, and deducted for finishing over the time limit. You decide which controls to visit, and in which sequence. Sometimes controls have different points values. You will need to carry a watch or phone, so you know how long you have been out.

Entry Details

Pre-entry only via

Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5, Non-members of BO £7.         

Juniors & students £3 (BO or non-BO).

Group: £10 (1 dibber; map for each participant) (BO or non-BO).   

Dibber loan (non SIAC): Free.

Spare light and whistle must be carried. If bad weather waterproof/windproof jacked needed.

Wearing High Visibility clothing is strongly advised. You will need to look after your car keys yourself (eg carry in zipped pocket or waist strap).

An Emergency contact number will be printed on the map. Carrying a mobile phone is strongly recommended. You can let us know if you are lost or late, and we can contact you if you have not returned.

Terrain Description

A mixture of open ground, woodland, scrub and meadow spread along a ridge. Significant climb (you start at the lowest point). In poor weather the ridge may be exposed. If wet the chalk hillside can be very slippery (some of the steepest paths have steps). The lower slopes near the playing fields were previously used as allotments and there is some scrap metal in the woods, take extra care off the paths.



Dogs allowed?

Welcome, on lead please near start and finish

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/planner: Simon Blanchflower

Important Event Information

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