KOL 3 - Trosley Country Park

Sat 13 Nov 2021

Saxons welcome you to the third Kent Orienteering League event at Trosley Country Park. There are fantastic views over the weald of Kent, some runnable forest, a steep slope to give some challenging route choice, plenty of paths to aid navigation, and a nice cafe with outdoor seating.

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

Info updated: Sat 7 Jan


Event Report


Please be aware, that whilst every effort was taken to maintain social distancing at the event, the young lady running the start and download has since tested positive for Covid.

Other members of the team are all negative for Covid.

She is asymptomatic and only found out as part of the monthly ONS Survey today.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: borough green

Directions / Parking

Follow the brown tourist signs to Trosley Country Park. Parking will be within the park, locaiton to be confirmed closer to the date.

Public Transport options

Train to Borough Green or Meopham. 3 mile cycle or the 308 bus from either station to the park entrance roughly every hour and a half.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be in advance via Race Signup only. 

Starts from 11:00am-12:30pm.  Courses close at 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. Approx distance 1.5 to 2.5 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. Approx distance 2 to 3 km.

Green - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers requiring a shorter run than the blue course. Approx distance 4 to 5 km.

Blue - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers. Approx distance 5.5 to 6.5 km.

Score - No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit. Find as many of the 21 controls as possible in one hour. 7 easy controls, 7 medium, and 7 hard. 10 points per control. A penalty of 5 points per minute or part minute over the time limit will be applied. Good for adult beginners, those progressing from orange to 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

Pre-entry through racesignup.co.uk only. 

Individual (member/non-member)
    Senior: £5.00/£8.00
    Junior: £3.00/£5.00
Group (2-5 people e.g. family running Score course together)
    Entry Fee: £8.00
    Non member supplement: £5.00

Juniors are under 21 on 31st December.

Terrain Description

Mixed woodland and open areas on the scarp slope of the North Downs.


Toilets and café are located close to the main car park. 

Dogs allowed?

Dogs allowed, but on a lead at the start/finish/registration area please as it could be busy. A relaxed dog that doesn't mind orienteers leaping out of bushes might be fine off lead on the course. 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: Neil Bricknell

Organiser/Planner: Ffion Bricknell

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 coaching@saxons-oc.org at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saxons.oc 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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