Scotney Castle Estate ranking Sunday league event

By kind permission of the National Trust

Sun 24 Apr 2016

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

Info updated: Sun 24 Apr


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells

Directions / Parking

Lamberhurst, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8JN. Follow brown National Trust signs to Scotney Castle off the A21.

Parking at Scotney Castle overflow car park on RHS 400m after entering the estate. Parking fee £3 or free if National Trust member.  Note: when you leave, the exit is at the bottom of the car park. Nearest Station: Frant (7 miles)

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10am - 11.45am for hire dibber collection and entry on the day.

Start times: 10:30 – 12:00 (courses close at 2:00pm).

1Km walk from Registration to the Start.  Pre-entries with their own dibber may go direct to the Start. Start times will not be allocated - turn up and go.                                                

Course Information

Colour coded courses: Yellow (2.3Km, 65m climb), Orange (3.2Km 80m), Light Green (3.5Km 95m), Green (4.5Km 135m), Blue (5.8Km 165m) and Brown (7.9Km 210m - in two parts, printed back-to-back).

1:7,500 scale map with 5m contours, updated 2016. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper. On the map: Black X = Man made object/Hide.   Blue X = Water trough  Green O = Distinctive tree.   NOTE: The Legend is not printed on the map. Copies of the standard Legend will be available at Registration and the Start.      

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

Enter via Fabian4  until midnight Thursday 21st April.

Seniors £7 (non British Orienteering members +£2),   Juniors £3 (Saxons Juniors will be refunded £1)

SI dibber hire £1. Seniors on yellow /orange £3 (non BOF +£2)

Entry on the day +£2, subject to map availability. (Large groups please contact Organiser)

Terrain Description

A mixture of good runnable woodland, open parkland and water features with a network of paths and plenty of contour and point features. All managed by the National Trust. The area is used by dog walkers - if you encounter dogs, please give them a wide berth.


Please make use of the National Trust shop and tearoom by the main house. Toilets are adjacent to Visitor Entrance to the House (700m from Registration). The route to the Start passes within 200m of the toilets.

Make the most of your visit - The House and Old Castle are open until 5pm.

Dogs allowed?

The National Trust welcomes dogs on the Estate if kept on short leads. Note that the open parkland is a working farm, with livestock in some fields.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Mark Glaisher 01634 366933

Planner: Mel Taylor

Controller: Mike Solomon (SAX)

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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