Update April 5th – Possible road closures so approach from Kings Langley: 

From information online, the closures appear to be on Tower Hill between Bovingdon and Chipperfield, on Bucks Hill between Chandler’s Cross and Chipperfield and on Plough Lane between Commonwood and Belsize.  The route to Chipperfield via Kings Langley is not affected, but depending on your exact route you may pass a “Road Closed Ahead” sign in Chipperfield.


Beginners First timers are very welcome. Look for our greeters in hi-vis jackets who will give you socially-distanced help.

You can go around individually, in pairs or in a larger family group. From an entries perspective,  pairs and groups are treated as a single runner – it’s one entry, you get one map, one timing chip (“dibber”)  and one finish time listed in the Results.  We charge per “entry” not per person and it’s easiest to enter in advance – see Entering for the first time for more info on how to do this.

If you’ve not orienteered before, we suggest most people start with the yellow course. Young juniors, say primary school age, and young family groups are better on white. People confident with a map and compass may start on orange.

Location Chipperfield, between Watford and Hemel Hempstead.
Parking Adjacent to the cricket field at Chipperfield TL045 015. There are a number of small car parks around Chipperfield Common. Marshals will direct you to an appropriate one or to on-street parking. Please share transport if possible.

Event centre at Blackwells Café, The Common, Chipperfield, WD4 9BS. No spiked or muddy shoes in the café.

Public Transport 4km from Kings Langley Station. Infrequent bus 352 from Hemel Hempstead or Watford.
Terrain Dense deciduous woodland crossed by footpaths and rides. Many thanks to Dacorum Borough Council for allowing us to run the event here.
Map 1:7500 pre-marked A4 maps on waterproof paper for all courses. For map of a previous event see here.

Control descriptions will be on the map.

Courses Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Straight line Distance Difficulty
White ~1.5 km Easy – all along paths. Control flags when you need to decide whether to turn.
Yellow ~2.0km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams.
Some turns with no control flags.
Orange ~3.0 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features.
Light Green ~4.0 km Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature.
Short Blue ~5.5 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.

Course Notes TBA
Entry & Fees Entry now open via SI Entries. You must enter on line.

Online entry will remain open until 11:15 on the day, while maps and start slots are available.

Entries up to midnight on Sunday 31 March:

  • BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2, HH juniors free.
  • Non-members: Adults £6, Juniors £3.
Entries in April:

  • BOF members: Adults £6, Juniors £4, HH juniors £2.
  • Non-members: Adults £8, Juniors £5.

Dibber hire £1. Charge for lost dibbers £30.

If you cancel more than 7 days before the event we will refund your fees less an amount for admin and transaction costs. There is no refund for cancellations less than 7 days in advance.

If we have to cancel the event we will try to reschedule it. We will transfer your entry to the rescheduled event unless you ask for a refund.
Starts When you enter, you can choose a 15 minute start block between 10:00 and 11:30.
The event centre is close to start and finish.
Courses close 12:45. Please choose a start block to allow yourself plenty of time to finish before then.
Timing Sportident punching will be used. SIAC will be enabled for those with ‘contactless’ dibbers, but you must punch start and finish.
Facilities Café selling a good range of hot and cold food and drinks. Toilets. No muddy or spiked shoes when moving around indoors please.
Dogs Keep under control 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.
Results Subject to us having a good phone signal, interim results will be published direct to the club website every few minutes during the event. There will be no printed results (apart from your own splits).

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

Planner David Heale
Organiser Tim Bywater-Lees
Controlling Hedley Calderbank
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 84488.

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