Stanborough – event cancelled

Newcomers welcome! Look out for our greeters who will be wearing high-viz jackets and they will give you all the help you need to get going…

This event is part of Welwyn Garden City’s centenary celebrations.

Sorry, this event has been cancelled in line with the Government response to Covid-19 and British orienteering’s guidance.

TERRAIN Open parkland with small areas of woodland. Large uncrossable water features.
PARKING Stanborough Park South Car Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City. Nearest postcode AL6 8XF. OS Grid Ref. TL227110.

Vehicle access is only available travelling South West on Stanborough Road. From Hatfield and A1(M), continue 700m NE on A6129 to the Gosling Sports Centre roundabout and loop back to the car park entrance. Height Restriction 2.1m.

Car park charge £3.50 for 3 hours  (£1.50 all day with a ResidentPass).  The car park now operates with a new automatic number plate recognition system.

Registration is a short walk E across the river from the N end of the car park, past the cafe.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Stanborough Park is 1.5 miles from the train station, following Parkway and Stanborough Road.
Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Straight line Distance Difficulty
White 1.0-2.0 km Easy – all along paths, control flags whenever you need to decide to turn.
Yellow 2.0-3.0 km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams. Some turns with no control flags.
Orange 2.5-3.5 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features.
Light Green 3.0-4.5 km Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature.
Short Blue 4.5-6.0 km As hard as we can make it on the area.

You may enter any course and will automatically be entered in the club’s Saturday League unless you ask not to.

STARTS Register from 10:00 to 11:15 or visit to reserve map/dibber and skip the form-filling queue.
Starts from 10:15 – 11:30. Courses close at 12:45.
FEES Non-members: Adults £6, Juniors £3
BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2
HH juniors free; adults accompanying juniors are also free but will need to pay £1 if they need an extra map.
Card payment is available, subject to mobile phone signal.
PUNCHING Sportident punching will be used.
Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30
MAP 1:7500 pre-marked maps for all courses on waterproof paper. For a previous event on the area see RouteGadget
FACILITIES Toilets and a cafe are located near Registration.
DOGS Keep on lead and clear up behind you.
SAFETY Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety. A full risk assessment will have been carried out.

Only cross Stanborough Road at the underpass marked on the map.  Take care as the path is not very wide and headroom is under 6′ at one end.

Take care near lakes, the water is deep.

RESULTS There will be a local WiFi network near download accessible from any smart-phone or tablet providing the following:

  • Live Results and splits updated every few minutes.
  • Live SplitsBrowser also updated every few minutes. Very few events provide this!

Go to network hhresults. There is no password.

Full results will be published on and Routegadget; we aim to do so on the day of the event.

Planner Matthew Dixon
Controlling Mike Bennett
The small print

Event registered with British Orienteering, no 76856.

Orienteering is a great sport for youngsters. If you bring children, please help us to keep to our safeguarding policy and British Orienteering’s photography policy.

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If you enjoyed this event, why not join the club and British Orienteering. There are plenty of good reasons for joining.