KOL 4 Tunbridge Wells Common

Sat 17 Dec 2022

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Thu 29 Dec


Event Report

Photo courtesy Richard Bostock

Pre Event Info

1:4,000 scale map with 2m contours. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

Controls will be SIAC enabled.

Control Descriptions will be printed on the maps and will be available in the start lane. Text descriptions for Yellow, Orange and Score. Pictorial descriptions for Green and Blue.

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

All courses closes at 2:00pm, when the controls will be collected.

If you are able to help collect controls in afterwards, please do volunteer. Email organiser for discount code.


Clothing: tracksuit/jogging bottoms or orienteering trousers. Wearing of shorts on the course is not permitted – see Terrain Description. A cagoule may be required in inclement weather


Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells

Directions / Parking

There is a parking area on Fir Tree Road, it is free to use, however parking is restricted to four hours. If the parking area is full, there is additonal space available along FIr Tree Road and Major York's Road.

Additional parking is also available in The Upper Pantiles Car Park in Major York’s Road it offers 170 spaces 24/7. The Sat Nav postcode is TN2 5TP. To park here you need to book online or via mobile.  The cost is £1.40 per hour. It is 300 – 400m to walk from there.

Public Transport options

Tunbridge Wells station is a 10 to 15 minute walk from assembly.

Registration & Start Times

Start times will be from 11:00 to 12:30. 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 1.6km, 15 controls, 35m elevation.

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 2.5km, 16 controls, 50m elevation.

Green - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers requiring a shorter run than the blue course. Approx distance 4.3km, 24 controls 120m elevation.

Blue - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers. Approx distance 5.4km, 28 controls, 145m elevation.

Score - No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit. Find as many of the 21 controls as possible in one hour. 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 only. This will be via http://www.racesignup.co.uk

Senior (member/non-member): £5/£8

Junior/Student (member/non-member) £3/£5

Group (member/non-member): £8/£13

Basic non-SIAC dibber (electronic timing device) available for hire free of charge. SIAC dibbers available for hire for £1.50.

Terrain Description

A delightful common located in central Tunbridge Wells, with plenty of paths and walkways, both surfaced and unsurfaced and a mixture of open land and woodland.


There are toilets near the start/finish north of the cricket pitch as well as a coffee van by the car park.

A key drop will be available at the download tent.

Dogs allowed?

Dog are welcome and the friends of the common are asking owners to be responsible and keep them within sight and away from other visitors.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: Peter Lilja

Controller (for coursee checking): Richard Field

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.

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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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