KNC 5: Perry Wood

Thu 21 Oct 2021

Our thanks go to Swale BC for allowing us to use Perry....

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

Info updated: Fri 22 Oct


Event Report

Our thanks go to Swale BC for allowing us to use Perry Wood for this round of the Night Cup. Considering its small size, about 1km x 1km, there's quite a variety of brown features (contours, earthwalls etc.) and vegetation. It's a popular spot with walkers - the view from The Pulpit (tower by #96) is very good in daytime, and the quarries have been busy with mountain bikers in the summer. 

The event was well supported, with 37 taking part, and I hope you enjoyed it. It was pleasing to see a variety of strategies. My thanks go to Karen, Sarah, Dave, Graham and Nick for collecting controls.

The next round is an Uckfield Street O hosted by Southdowns on 28th October. Entries are open through racesignup.

Also on racesignup is the SE Middle Distance Championships at Kings Wood, Challock on 31st October. Courses suitable for all, on a nice area newly mapped for the National event held there in the spring.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Selling

Directions / Parking

Perry Wood can be accessed from the A28 Ashford to Canterbury Road or A252 Charing to Canterbury Road. Take signposted turnings from Shottenden or Chilham. Nearest Post Code ME13 9RN (300m away). what3words ///breeze.supreme.rested is more accurate

Please check your roadmap, computer or sat nav if you’ve not been here before as there are lots of wiggly roads and it’s easy to miss it due to the limited road signs. Parking will be in the main Perry Wood car park just off the crossroads.

NOTE - 2 x Road works!

1. If approaching from the North, Network Rail is working on the railway bridge in Crouch Lane adjacent to Selling station until November. Road closure is a possibility.

2. Selling Rd has SouthEast Water works (1.5km E of Selling) with a permit up until 22 October, and road closure is a possibility. This is not on the direct approach to Perry Wood however.

Nearest station: Selling 2.5km

Observing British Orienteering and Government guidelines:-

Please be respectful of other people’s wishes to observe social distancing from the time you arrive at the event until you leave.

To minimise the time for interaction with others please arrive in your O gear and depart still wearing it.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: Pre-entry only via by midnight Wed 20th October.

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

No Registration on the night.

The route to the Start will be taped from the E corner of the car park, 100m to the Start.

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. 21 controls. Two series, 90-99 & 100-109 plus changeover control 111.

Start with one series (any order within the series, do as many as you wish) then visit 111 (mandatory) to switch to the other series. No changing back. 111 is a non-scoring control.

10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Max score 200 points. Controls will be collected from 8:55pm (course closing time).

1:7,500 scale map with 5m contours, revised March 2021. 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 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

Compact woodland with extensive path network and contours.

The quarries to the west are very popular with mountain bikers. There is a proliferation of tracks in this area.


Apres-O: not formally arranged, but the Rose & Crown pub (on the O map, 500m from car park) will be open, serving drinks & (almost certainly) food. Tel. 01227 752214

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Mark Glaisher 07895 087298 knc"at"

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.

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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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