Tunbridge Wells Common KOL

Kent Orienteering League

Sat 6 Feb 2016

Kent Orienteering League round 6

Type of event: Local, Course, Schools
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sat 6 Feb


Pre Event Info

Courses: yellow, orange, light green and blue. Registration: 10:30 to 12:00 Start times: 11:00 to 12:30 Fees: Adults/family groups £6 British orienteering members £5 Juniors £2 Dibber hire £1


Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells

Directions / Parking

Location of parking: Fir Tree Road, Tunbridge Wells. Form the A26 south of Tunbridge Wells town centre, turn onto Major York's Road at the mini roundabout. Fir Tree Road is the first road on the right.

If possible, please use roadside parking on Fir Tree Road or Major York's Road, leaving space in the car park for those travelling with juniors.


Nearest station is Tunbridge Wells. Walk south from the station for 0.6 km, turn right onto Major York's Road and then right onto Fir Tree Road. Walking time is approximately 15 minutes.

Public Transport options

Nearest station is Tunbridge Wells. Walk south from the station for 0.6 km, turn right onto Major York's Road and then right onto Fir Tree Road. Walking time is approximately 15 minutes.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10:30 to 12:00

Start times from 11:00 to 12:30

Courses close 14:00

Course Information

Four courses:

Short blue    5.2 km, 90 m climb

Light green  3.0 km, 55 m climb

Orange        1.9 km, 30 m climb

Yellow          1.2 km, 20 m climb


Map 1:5000. 5m contours.

Short blue and light green courses will have two timed out road crossings. Take as long as necessary to safely cross Major York's road. Short blue also crosses a number of other minor roads. Yellow and orange do not have any road crossings.

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 on the day only. Please let the organiser know if you are planning to run, especially if you are bringing a large group. This will ensure we have enough maps printed for everyone taking part.

Adults/Family groups £6

British Orienteering members £5

Juniors £2

Dibber hire £1

Terrain Description

Tunbridge Wells Common is a mix of woodland of various runnability, open areas and regenerating heathland. The area slopes gently from north to south

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: Alan Hickling

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 coaching@saxons-oc.org at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saxons.oc and ask questions there. It may be possible to arrange for somoene to meet you before your start.

For full BO Covid guidance click here

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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