Knole Park KOL

World Orienteering Day event

Sat 18 May 2019

Type of event: Local, Schools
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland

Info updated: Thu 23 May


Event Report

How was it?

This is a Participant Satisfaction Survey sampled event and we'd like to hear how you found the experience.

We would really appreciate it if you could spare 5 -8 minutes to share your thoughts by completing the following survey:

Pre Event Info

This is one of the events that will be included in a British Orienteering Participant Satisfaction Survey. Participants will be invited to share their views and comments by completing a short questionnaire  after the event that should take no more than 8mins to complete.


Nearest town: Sevenoaks

Directions / Parking

Parking will be on St Julian Road and Fawke Wood Road - see map. Space will be limited, so please share transport if possible. Assembly will be just inside the Park through the gate at the junction of these two roads.

Please park carefully, allowing other traffic to pass. If it is not possible to park at this location, there are two further pedestrian gates into the park 400 and 700 metres SW along St Julian Road. Park, enter Knole through one of the gates and head north-east along Chestnut Walk to assembly. You will be in the competition area, so please keep to the main path.

There is also a small car park at One Tree Hill at the eastern end of Fawke Wood Road. This is a 10 to 15 minute walk from assembly.

Public Transport options

Sevenoaks is the closest station but is 4km from assembly, either walking through the Park or cycling on the roads around it.

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:

Yellow. Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners. Approximately 2 km

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. Approximately 3km.

Light Green: Harder. Controls away from paths giving more challenging navigation. For those with some experience. Approximately 4km.

Short Blue. As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers. Approximately 6km.

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

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.

Adults: £5 (members of an orienteering club) £7 (non members)

Juniors: £3 (members of an orienteering club) £5 (non members)

Groups: £10 (club members and non members), includes 1 dibber hire.

This price includes loan of electronic timing equipment (aka dibber) if required, and a waterproof map per competitor (yours to keep after the event). Dibbers are expensive and a £35 charge will be due if the dibber is lost.

Juniors are registered separately, compete in a group containing at least one adult, or be ‘shadowed’. Shadowing is explained below.

Juniors and Shadowing:

Whilst many juniors will initially complete a course as part of a group, some juniors may want to progress to be able to run on their own. We understand that many parents/guardians will want to ensure their child’s safety by completing the course with them, or following a short distance behind. We call this ‘shadowing’ and there is more information here. Parents shadowing juniors will be given an extra map at no charge. The entry fee will be the junior entry fee. Alternatively, juniors are also welcome to compete in twos or threes, and will be entered individually.

Terrain Description

Knole is a beautiful open deer park surrounding the historic National Trust Knole House, with areas of largely runnable woodland and a good ride/path network. There are many knolls in the area. Only the most significant ones have been mapped. Rootstocks, which often have the appearance of small knolls, are not mapped.

1:10,000 map with contours 5m.


There are toilets in Sevenoaks town centre or at Knole House (2km walk from assembly).

Dogs allowed?

Dogs must be kept on a lead in the park.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/ Planner: Alan Hickling

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.

For full BO Covid guidance click here

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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