Burnham Beeches

Welcome to our Saturday Series event at Burnham

We are pleased, thanks to the City of London at Burnham, to be able to offer high quality orienteering in the drier part (much drier) of the year when our impact on the environment will be less than a wet winter Sunday in March

Numbers are limited to 150.

Sep 7 – The event is now full. If you now cannot attend please let entries@herts-orienteering.club know and a space can be made available, first come first served.
Or if you can’t get in here you can enter our neighbouring club TVOC’s event on another fine area, Wendover Woods.

Sep 7 – These are now Final Details. You can print them – to paper or PDF – using the blue ‘Print this page’ button at the bottom. Any subsequent updates will be identified here and shown in red below.

DIRECTIONS Please approach the event from the junction of the A355 and Beeches Road in Farnham Common. SU960851 and SL2 3PX. What 3 words –  https://w3w.co/work.desks.dunes

Don’t follow sat nav to Burnham Beeches as it will take you down a long windy lane.

It will be O signed but you can also follow the brown tourist Burnham Beeches signs from Farnham.  Signs will then lead you to parking on Lords Mayor’s Drive

PARKING Parking is in the public parking on Lord Mayor’s Drive (SL2 3PS, SU 957851). Make sure you get a parking ticket from the machine or use the RingGo app (£3.00 for cars all day)
Please park tightly as directed by our marshals.We have been given permission to park in the 2-3 larger public parking bays towards the far (cafe) end of Lords Mayors Drive, but don’t want to overspill more than agreed, as the car parks are widely used by others visiting Burnham.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Slough station and then X74 or 103 bus from Wellington St to Farnham Common
Beaconsfield station and 103 bus to Farnham CommonThen walk a short distance to the event following the O signs
TERRAIN Burnham Beeches is probably our best area for orienteering. It’s an area of ancient deciduous, predominantly beech, woodland with areas of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve. Complex contour features and complex vegetation.

Runnability is good apart from some areas of thicker woodland and holly thickets.

Many thanks to the Corporation of London for allowing us to run on this challenging area.

Please see note from Burnham Beeches email footers:

The ancient trees of Burnham Beeches need complex, highly skilled and costly work every year to protect them for future generations.

You can make a donation to help raise £12, 000 for their management by clicking on the button below:

MAP 1:10,000 with 5m contours and courses overprinted. For map of a previous event see here. Note that this event only uses the southern third of that map, below the E-W fence.

Map fully revised in Feb 2023. Minor updates have been made for this event. This does not include updating for “summer vegetation”. There are some unmapped areas of bracken but none large or thick enough to significantly impede progress.

OUT OF BOUNDS AREAS Any legitimate fence crossing points will be marked on the map; otherwise keep out of all roped, taped or fenced off areas, even if they are not shown as OOB on the map.

Areas that are marked out of bounds (purple hatching) may be either:

  • Sink holes, risk of serious injury. Do not enter these areas.
  • Ancient monuments or protected marsh. Our use of the area is conditional on us not entering them.

Burnham is also home to a large number of ancient trees, which are ecologically significant. They are not specifically marked on the map, but are generally obvious e.g. old pollards. Please avoid any damage to these trees.

Course Straight line Distance / Climb Difficulty
White 1.3 km / 15m Easy – all along paths. Control flags when you need to decide whether to turn.
Yellow 2.0 km / 20m Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams to controls nearby. Some turns with no control flags.
Orange 2.8 km / 50m Moderate – start cutting across country using rough bearings, some controls farther away from line features.
Light Green 4.1 km / 85m Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature.
Short Blue 6.3 km /105m As hard as we can make it on the area without being sneaky.

You will run farther than the straight line distances above and the terrain can be rough.

ENTRY & FEES There is no entry on the day as, sorry, we have reached the agreed limit of 150
STARTS Start is less than 5 mins walk from enquires and will be marked with tape.  Start times 10:00 to 11:30

Finish is even closer than the start.  Courses close at 12:45

The Short Blue course is full (12 starters every 15 minutes) and Light Green is not far off. Please try to start in your requested start block and be tolerant if a queue builds up.

TIMING SportIdent punching will be used. SIAC will be enabled but all must punch Start and Finish.

You must download – preferably before going to your car.

FACILITIES Enquiries / download will be next to the Beeches Eco café. 

Selling full range of refreshments, and quite large food menu

Public toilets in separate block next to the café, so please respect other users

DOGS Burnham is an area for dog walking (small sample indicates mostly cockapoos or similar)In general, Dogs permitted under the conditions detailed in the Corporation of London’s dog walking leaflet. The start is in an area where dogs must be permanently on leads, at the car park and finish they should be under control and an officer may require you to put them on leads. The direct café area is forbidden to all but assistance dogs, but there is a dog walkers café compound.

It is forecast to be very hot, so please bring plenty of fluids. The cafe has ice cream and drinks.
Do not be tempted to wear shorts (unless on White or Yellow course), full leg cover is still necessary.

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.

Observe the Out of Bounds restrictions noted above.  The sink holes are dangerous.

Please be considerate of other forest users who may include cyclists and horse riders.

Burnham has very large black ant nests, they are not knolls though look like them.

Burnham has some large environmentally friendly grazing cows although courses have been planned to avoid their main grazing areas. If you meet one, pass wide and slow.

You must go back to the event centre to download by course closure time, even if you do not finish your course. Car keys may be left at the event centre, advised if you are travelling alone.

You should abide by the British orienteering Covid-19 Code of Conduct. In particular:

  • You should not come if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are required to isolate, are awaiting the results of a non-routine COVID-19 test or are serving a quarantine period after travel. You’ll get a full refund.
  • Before, during and after your run, maintain appropriate distance from other runners and other park users.
  • Hand sanitiser is available – please use it.
RESULTS Interim results will be published direct to the club website every few minutes during the event, subject to mobile signal.

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

Planner Alex Fielding
Organiser Neil Gostick
Controlling Mike Bennett
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 83250.

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.

Your personal data is used for results and insurance, see our privacy policy.

If you have to cancel for a COVID-related reason, write to entries@herts-orienteering.club and we will give a full refund. If we have to cancel the event we will offer a choice of a full refund or a voucher for use at a future HH event. That choice will be sent to the email address used for the original entry. If you do not reply by the deadline, the default is a voucher.