KNC 17: Tudeley Wood

Thu 20 Jan 2022

Planner Peter Martin comments....

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

Info updated: Thu 27 Jan


Event Report

Planner Peter Martin comments: Since the last map update there have been many changes on the ground - coppicing, fencing, clearing and bramble growth. In the event of a good turnout but lone travelling due to Covid, the RSPB car park seemed too small. Good distance for faster runners, accessible controls for others, minimising road running and avoiding an obvious circuit all seemed important. I thought having the Start in a cleared area would bring home the reality of an outdated map and the offsite parking could work. When I had to withdraw just before the event it was a great relief that Mark was able to take over although unfortunately missing out on a run himself.


Our thanks go to the RSPB for allowing us to orienteer in the Woods again, and to Karen and Graham (D) for helping to clear the site afterwards.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tonbridge

Directions / Parking

Note: not the RSPB car park used at previous KNCs.

Linear parking along the old Pembury Road at Castle Hill, which is situated between Tonbridge and Pembury. It is a No Through road that runs parallel to and immediately west of the A21 dual carriageway.

From the A21 northbound, take the turn off signed to Capel, Kent College, Old Church, Pembury Walks then, after 250m take the first Left (signed No Entry Except for Access). After the S-bend park on the left-hand (west) side.

From the A21 southbound, take the turn off signed to Capel, Kent College, Old Church, Pembury Walks then, after 250m take the first Right using underpass then immediately turn Right (signed No Entry Except for Access). After the S-bend park on the left-hand (west) side.

Nearest postcode: TN11 0QF  (must be approached from the south, as described above)

Grid Ref:                   TQ 61255 43411 

What3Words:          ///venue.gifted.villa  

Railway stations: Tonbridge 4k, High Brooms 4k

Registration & Start Times

Registration: Pre-entry only via  by midnight Wed 19 January 2022.

This will require details for safety purposes and a declaration about Covid-19.

No Registration on the night.

From the parking set off south following red/white tapes (on short stakes). These take you through the underpass below the A21 then along Half Moon Lane (aka Dislingbury Rd) for 50m. Then follow tapes along a footpath to the Start. Total distance 500m. The Finish will be adjacent to the Start with Download close by.

Please take care crossing these minor roads.

Start period 7.30pm – 7.45pm.

Please read the Start briefing displayed (event safety & event details)

Punching start (consider social distancing)

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 22 controls numbered 90 – 111; visit as many as you can in any order.

Note: some controls are very close to the edge of the map so:

1. They can easily be overlooked

2. If you overshoot you might run off the map.

10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Course closes at 8.55pm.

1:7,500 scale map with 5m contours. The map has not been updated and some coppicing clearance and regrowth will be noticed on the ground including around the Start.

Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

Controls will be SIAC enabled. Separate/loose control descriptions will not be provided.

After your run please Download as normal, considering social distancing. Timing printouts will be provided and the results will be available on the website.

If you are able to help collect controls in afterwards, please do volunteer.

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.

Some sort of torch is essential plus a small backup/reserve. Carrying a whistle is mandatory (as a casualty, blow six short blasts, wait 1 min, repeat). A cagoule may be required in inclement weather. 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

Mixed forest. Plenty of slopes, streams and contours in the northern part - muddy in places. The southern part is flatter.


The nearest toilets are approx 2k away at supermarkets off Longfield Road (Asda TN2 3EY and Aldi TN2 3EW)

Apres-O & prizegiving: not on this occasion.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Peter Martin

Organiser & on the day: Mark Glaisher 07895 087298 knc"at"

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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.

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