Summer Series at Whinless Downs

Sun 18 Jun 2017

Type of event: Local, Score

Info updated: Fri 23 Jun


Event Report

A good mix of regular orienteers and locals from Dover gave a friendly atmosphere on a very sunny day. It was good to welcome Richard Matthews from LOST club in Australia and also to see Bernard Wilson who produced the first map of the area many years ago.

Thanks to White Cliffs Countryside Parnership and Ranger Paul Sampson for supporting the event.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Dover

Directions / Parking

Park in Elms Vale Recreation ground if space (it is quite small) otherwise park in Elms Vale road alongside the playing fields.

From mid-Kent direction take M20 then A20 towards Dover. Appoximately 3.5 miles beyond Folkestone exit A20 (and left at roundabout) onto B2011 (signed Hougham and Dover). This road takes you into Dover, at mini-roundabout take first exit (Elms Vale Road) and reach the recreation ground on right after 0.5 miles.

From Canterbury or Thanet direction approach Dover on A2 Jubillee way, follow A20 around the front and turn right at second traffic lights. Then left at roundabout, past station to mini-roundabout. Turn right and reach recreation ground on right after a further 0.5 miles.

Public Transport options

Dover Priors station 1km.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10.30

Mass start at 11.00

Course Information

Two courses, full explanation at registration and briefing, if you want advice just ask!:

A - for beginners - a simple score course, use the orienteering map to find as many marker flags as possible within 45 minutes but don't be late back!

B - for experienced orienteers and those wanting more of a challenge - 60 minutes to find the same marker flags but with bonus points for taking any of them in sequential order (e.g. 44 followed by 45 earns 1 bonus point).

Explanation of Score courses

You don't have to visit all the controls! There is usually a time limit, instead of a set course. Points are scored for visiting controls, and deducted for finishing over the time limit. You decide which controls to visit, and in which sequence. Sometimes controls have different points values. You will need to carry a watch or phone, so you know how long you have been out.

Entry Details

Entry on the day. Just come to the registration tent and fill in a form. £4 per entry. Saxons/BOF juniors £2.

Small groups sharing a map and timer count as a single entry.

Terrain Description

Part-wooded hillside opening onto fine chalk downland. Good views of Dover castle, port and the Western Heights fortifications.


Facilities in Dover town centre (approx 1.5 km). Toilets available in sports pavillion on request.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs welcome but on lead please in the registration area.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/planner: Simon Blanchflower

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.


Before travelling to any orienteering event please make sure you are aware of and following government lockdown rules. To enable us to maintain social distancing requirements, we will not be offering coaching to beginners at the start. If you havent tried orienteering before and need guidance please contact our head coach in the first instance.

To ensure that we comply with Government and British Orienteering 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. 

On event day turn up for your allocated start slot

Always respect others & social distance even when orienteering

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 ensure you are drip and spittle free before downloading.

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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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