Ashridge South


This is the first HH Saturday Series event to be at British Orienteering’s ‘level C’. So as well as being great for beginners and youngsters from under 10s upwards, experienced orienteers can run a Blue course, with an expected winning time under an hour.

Not all of our Saturday Series events will be at level C, it depends on the terrain and infrastructure available. The next is at Mardley Heath on 11 April.


Terrain Ashridge is a fine area of runnable deciduous woodland. It is gently undulating, with a steep scarp slope and some areas of contour detail. The going is fast, apart from a few limited areas of denser woodland and around individual fallen trees.HH thank the National Trust for the use of this area.
Parking Hard standing and firm roadside on the drive leading to the Bridgewater Monument. Follow signs to the Bridgewater Monument, off the B4506 5km north of Berkhamsted. Nearest postcode HP4 1LU. GR SP979128
Public Transport Tring station is ~3km away, Berkhamsted ~6km. There is one convenient bus from near Berkhamsted station at 0950.At a previous Ashridge event Ed Catmur arrived right on last start time, having jogged up from Berkhamsted station. He won the Brown, so clearly taking public transport improves your chance of winning.
Courses Yellow ~ 2.3km (Junior Beginners)
Orange ~ 3.0km (Junior Intermediates & Adult Beginners)
Light Green ~ 3.3km (Adult Intermediates & above)
Blue ~ 6.0km (Experienced Orienteers)
All course lengths provisional.
Starts Register from 09:45 to 11:30 or visit to reserve map/dibber.Starts from 10:00 – 12:00.  Courses close at 13:00, so don’t start the Blue at 11:59 if you might take more than an hour.
Fees Non-HH members: Adults £5, Juniors £2
HH members: Adults £3, Group Juniors £1, Individual Juniors £FREE.
Adults accompanying juniors are free.
Punching Sportident punching will be used.
Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30
Map 1:10000 with courses pre-printed on waterproof paper. Start 150m, finish 50m from event centre.For a map of a previous event see This event uses the SW quadrant of that map.Maps for yellow and orange courses will be issued at registration, for light green and blue courses will be available on the start line.
Facilities NT cafe (good home made cakes!) and toilets ~400m from event centre
Dogs Dogs allowed on leads in parking area.
Safety IMG_1165No courses cross roads or the entrance drive.

Ashridge is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and has a large population of deer. Please act considerately to both.

Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety.

Officials Planner     Richard Freeman
Organiser  Mike Bennett, mike.bennett [at]
Controller  Susan Marsden

A printable version of the above details is available.