The Enchanted Place (Ashdown Forest) National event and CSC round

Sun 17 Mar 2019

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

Info updated: Mon 11 Feb

Pre Event Info

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.


Nearest town: Upper Hartfield

Directions / Parking

The event centre will be at the southern end of the mapped area close to the junctions of the B2026 and Kidd’s Hill Road south of Hartfield (between Forest Row and Groombridge).

We have very limited car parking near assembly for this event. Car parking will be spread across 2 car parks. Please can all competitors help by sharing cars as much as possible. The furthest car park will be a 15 minute walk across the forest to assembly/registration with a manned road crossing.



The main competitor car park will be at Four Counties, High Road car park at OS Ref TQ469308 from which there will be a 600m taped walk across open land (away from the road), but with one minor road crossing, to the Assembly Area and a further 200m walk to the Start. The Finish will be adjacent to the Assembly Area. A clothing dump will be provided.

Registration & Start Times

Registration/enquiries/SI card hire pick-up will be at assembly adjacent to the Gills Lap car park.

EOD registration from 10.30-12.00

Start times for CS Cup and Trophy will be preallocated. If you miss your start time you may have a long wait before you can be slotted in.

Start times for colour coded EOD courses 11.00-12.30

Course Information

‘The Enchanted Place’ is the eastern part of Ashdown Forest; named by association with the fictional teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh; created by A.A. Milne, the British author and playwright; and the adventures Pooh and his friends had on this part of the forest. We hope you enjoy your ‘adventures’ here!

The area has been professionally resurveyed and redrawn by Dave Peel in Spring 2018. Minor planning updates early 2019. It is A3, 1:10,000 scale, 5 metre contours, ISOM2017, overprinted and waterproof.

This part of Ashdown Forest has lots (lots) of ‘lumps and bumps’. The mapper has, fortunately, not attempted to map everything, but to concentrate on the larger features and ‘use contours to show how land forms are not isolated features but are inter-connected, giving a clearer picture of the terrain’.


Compass Sport Cup/Trophy courses all subject to final controlling

No. C.S. class

Age class





1 Brown men Open 9.5 340 27
2 Short brown M20- M40+ 7.7 280 26
3 Blue women Women open 6.1 245 19
4 Blue men M50+ 6.2 250 18
5 Green women W20- W45+ 4.2 185 15



Green men

Junior men green



4.3 165 14
7 Short Green M70+ W60+ 3.5 145 11



Junior women /

Super vets short green


M80+ w70+

3.5 140 11
9A/9B Orange M14- W14- 2.3 90 10

Courses 1-4 have two road crossings (with controls close to each side), which will be timed out for up to two minutes on each occasion. These crossing points will not be manned. Please cross carefully. Courses 3 and 4 use the same
road crossing twice.


Other courses







11 Light green 3.5 100 12
12 Yellow 2.3 90 8
13 White 1.5 65 8

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

CSC (Cup and Trophy) entries are via club captains only.

Full details have been e-mailed to club captains. There will no Entry on the Day for these courses.

For non CSC competitors there will be Light Green, Yellow and White courses available which will be Entry on the Day only.

EOD fees will be:

Seniors £12.00 (£10.00 with BO discount)

Juniors £7.00 (£5.00 with BO discount)

SIAC electronic punching will be enabled on all courses. For those without a SIAC card these can be hired for £2.50 each, but 'normal' dibbers will also work; Non SIAC dibber hire £1.00

Terrain Description

The western part of the area is on a north facing downward slope and comprises a mixture of mainly beautiful runnable woodland and rough open heathland containing a variety of features. The larger eastern part is on an east facing slope down to a river valley with an upward slope to the east and south.
The open heathland consists of gorse, heather, some bracken, tussock grass and marshy bits. Generally, runnability may be reduced in places by the tussocks, heather, marshes and gorse. The marshes are generally very slow with large tussocks. The area has extensive gorse cover and large ‘thickets’ have been well mapped with the ‘fight’ vegetation screen. The Planner has attempted to keep courses largely in the woodland and use the best parts of the heathland, though the longest courses, especially, will encounter some of the more ‘challenging’ terrain.
In the woodland, hides appear and disappear regularly. These are not mapped, save for one built by the Planner which serves as a control feature (denoted on the map by a black x). If the period leading up to the event is particularly wet, some ground features such as pits and depressions may contain water and appear as wet pits/depressions/ponds.



A clothing dump will be provided in this area close to Registration

Portaloos will be situated in Gills Lap car park

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are allowed in the car park and on the event area, but must be kept on a lead at all times as the area is heavily used by horse riders.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: graham thomas

Planner: Dave Kingdon

Controller: Andrew Evans

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Insurance: If you have joined an orienteering club, or are competing in one of your first 3 events, then you are covered by our public liability insurance.

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