Summer event at Haysden country park

Sat 23 Jul 2022

Type of event: Local

Info updated: Sat 23 Jul


Event Report

Well done to everyone who competed at Haysden, Saxons members who helped on the day and of course to Dave Kingdon for organising and planning. Planning was constrained by the flood management works, and by a gin festival in Tonbridge, nonetheless courses managed to get almost to the castle.

A particular well done to new Saxons member Richard Leahy for winning the Trail Challenge course, ahead of several fast and experienced orienteers, and to Stephen and Rachel Mitchell on the score course, also ahead of experienced orienteers.

The next Saxons event is on Saturday 27th August at Brockhill Park, Hythe.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tonbridge

Directions / Parking

Parking at Haysden Country Park central car park; Postcode TN11 9BB. Access from Lower Haysden Lane, parking charge £1.40 up to 4 hrs. £4 over 4 hours. Height barrier 2m. What3Words ///pretty.sits.proper. 

Public Transport options

Tonbridge station is a pleasant 1.5km walk through the park.

Registration & Start Times

Starts 11am - 12.30.

Course Information

Two courses. Firstly a 'trail challenge' course of approximately 10 km where you must visit all controls in order. The controls will be easy to find and there will be route choice between the controls (taking advantage of the many natural and man made barriers to give you different options). Secondly a 60 minute score course, find as many controls as possible in the time limit. 

Both courses are suitable for people with no or limited orienteering experience, with the score course a better option for those that prefer a shorter course.

Please note that, in accordance with British Orienteering rules, as the 'Trail Challenge' runs along and crosses public roads in part of the course, under 16s are only able to compete with an accompanying adult.

Hot Weather: In the event of very warm weather (ie 30 degrees plus), the trail challenge course will be shortened. The score course has no set distance, so can be taken at a slower pace in hot weather.

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

Entry in advance on RaceSignUp:

Run on your own or in a group. Orienteering club members receive a discount. Non members welcome. 

Individual (club member/non-member)
    Senior: £5.00/£7.00
    Junior: £3.00
Group (2-5 people e.g. family running Score course together)
    Entry Fee: £10.00

Terrain Description

Haysden is an area of many barriers: lakes, rivers, railways, locks, bridges, fences, paths. This gives a great route choice challenge between controls. There is some woodland and grassland, though at this time of year most controls will be on or near paths. 

You can get a sense of the terrain by looking at a map and courses from a previous event on 'Routegadget' see


Cafe and toilets near car park. As this is a small orienteering event we will not be supplying water so please bring your own. If it's very hot, the cafe may run out or there could be a queue for drinks and ice cream!

Dogs allowed?

Allowed (on a lead).

Contacts / Officials

planner: David Kingdon

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.

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