KOL 6 Trosley Country Park

Sat 4 Feb 2023

Saxons welcome you to the sixth 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.

Type of event: Local

Info updated: Mon 6 Feb


Event Report

We hope you enjoyed today's event at Trosley. With the nice weather for orienteering and a relatively dry forest. I tried to plan courses that gave all the courses the opportunity to take in the brilliant views over the Weald of Kent, though you may have been focussing too hard on the navigation to take in the scenery. I also tried to give the green and blue courses some diagonal legs across the area to give some route choice, but only sent the blue course down to the bottom of the hill. Blue course runners like a physical challenge.

A couple of people asked about buying their own dibbers. Yes please if you are going orienteering a few times a year. It really helps to reduce the admin before the event if you have your own dibber, even though it may take you a while to payback your investment. You can also choose your own number and colour if you buy your own. Buy from https://www.sportident.co.uk/equipment/shop/category.php?id=1 . You have the choice of SIAC (contactless dibbing) or SI-cards (non contactless). If you're a fast runner you will save loads of time with SIAC as you can keep running at each control. If you're not a fast runner you'll still save plenty of time at controls in depressions or in brambly locations as you won't need to stretch or do contortions to dib the control.

There are quite a few thank yous. Firstly to KCC for giving us permission to use the park. Secondly to the many Saxons helpers on the day and thirdly for Saxons members who helped before the event obtaining land permissions, setting up the entries and helping with course planning.

The next Kent Orienteering League event is at Lullingstone Park on Sat 4th March, another place of great views. Before then there are our excellent night events every Thursday. This time of year is also good for going further afield to 'regional' events in some fantastic scenery. The SEOA (south east orienteering association) website has a good list. at https://www.seoa.org.uk/events

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Vigo

Directions / Parking

Follow the brown tourist signs to Trosley Country Park. Waterlow Rd, Vigo Village, Gravesend DA13 0SG

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 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. Approx distance 3 km.

Green - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers requiring a shorter run than the blue course. Approx distance 4.5 km.

Blue - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers. Approx distance 6 km.

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.

These are straight line distances. Actual distances run on the colour courses will be 20-40% longer than this.

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. Enter as a group or an individual. Run, walk or jog at the speed you wish. You don't have to be a member of an orienteering club (though we would love you to join Saxons once you've done a few events - you can join online at the British Orienteering website.

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

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

Terrain Description

Mixed woodland and open areas on the scarp slope of the North Downs. The scarp slope will give you fantastic views over the weald of Kent. These slopes can be slippery, so if possible wear grippy trail or orienteering shoes and/or take your time. The blue course will go right to the bottom. The other courses will go down a bit of the slope. The woodland on the plateau is reasonably easy to get through as there are lots of paths.


Toilets and café are located close to the main car park. Parking is £2.70 payable using the pay by phone app by midnight on the day.

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. 

Important Event 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.

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 someone to meet you before your start.

Ticks and Lyme Disease: Ticks are common in areas where we go orienteering, more information about ticks.

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