Saxons 50th Anniversary and National Event


Sun 27 Nov 2022

Final Details vF now available

Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Forest, Heathland

Info updated: Fri 2 Dec


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Wych cross

Directions / Parking

Assembly/event centre will be at the Hindleap Warren Outdoor Centre (RH18 5JH).  Parking will be on hardstanding within 250-450m of the event centre accessed by 2 different entrances.   

  • Competitors approaching from Wych Cross should plan to use the Conservators Parking accessed from Hindleap Lane close to the Wych Cross traffic lights - what3words///diplomat.gilding.dabbling. 
  • Competitors from the West should plan to use the Outdoor Education Centre entrance which is further to the west along Hindleap Lane - what3words///stunt.built.continued.

Public Transport options

East Grinstead, the nearest station from Hindleap Warren is about 15 minutes’ drive away. This is a mainline station served by Southern Rail with direct links to London Bridge and London Victoria. Taxis are available at the station, or input station postcode in racesignup car sharing scheme.

Registration & Start Times

Online advance registration only. Starts between 10.30-12.30pm.

Course Information

Full range of SE league colour coded courses will be available as well as a Free String Course. Details are subject to final controlling.

Course Distance (km) Climb (m) Controls
Black 9.9 390 32
Brown 8.3 315 31
Short Brown 7.1 245 22
Blue 5.9 195 22
Short Blue 4.6 165 19
Green 4.1 110 17
Short Green 3.2 115 14
Very Short Green 2.5 105 10
Light Green 3.0 115 13
Orange 2.7 100 10
Yellow 2.4 85 11
White 1.9 55 12
Score 1 hour   20

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

In advance on RaceSignUp

Early Entry (upto 13 Nov):

  • Senior (member/non-member): £12/£15
  • Junior/Student (member/non-member) £5/£7
  • Group (member/non-member): £10/£15
  • Novice Senior on White, Yellow, Orange or Score (member/non-member): £7/£10

Late Entry (after 13 Nov): As above plus £2

Terrain Description

Mixture of beautiful mature woodland and heathland typical for Ashdown forest.


Ashdown Forest, as many of you will know, is a very special place. It is managed by the Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest, an independent body. In recognition of the ecological importance of Ashdown Forest and to ensure its protection, it is designated as a European Natura 2000 site and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest under UK legislation. Ashdown Forest is also within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

The Conservators have duties laid down by statute which include the following:

  • To regulate and manage the forest as an amenity and place of resort
  • To conserve it as a quiet and natural area of outstanding beauty

The Conservators are keen to raise the public’s (and hence our) awareness of their legal duty and, within this, their aim of balancing the interests of all users of the forest. 

Please have particular regard therefore to the other users of the area, including all walkers, dog walkers and riders, all of whom are also seeking to enjoy their activities peacefully. Slow to a walk, keep especially quiet and keep a wide berth at any point where you meet horse riders. 


We have access to the London Youth Hindleap Warren Outdoor Centre with toilets, changing rooms and a few showers.  You must remove muddy or studded shoes before entering.

The local Scouts have also kindly agreed to provide catering and hots drinks to raise money for their troup.  Burgers, hot dogs, bacon roles, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks and cake/bicuits all available.  Your patronage would be much appreciated. Cash and card accepted.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are allowed in the car park area and assembly but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: David Kingdon

Organisers: Alison and Brendon Howe

Controller: Charlie Turner

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.

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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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