Heartwood, Sandridge

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…

Location Heartwood Forest Car Park. The entrance to the car park is a short distance north of Sandridge on the B651 towards Wheathampstead. Entrance at OS Grid Ref. TL172110, nearest postcode AL4 9DQ.Many thanks to the Woodland Trust for allowing us to use the forest.
TERRAIN Mainly rough open land, with substantial areas planted with small trees. Isolated areas of ancient woodland.
PARKING In grassy field adjacent to the visitor car park.
Free parking.  No height restriction.
Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Approx. Distance Difficulty School Years*
White 1.1 km Easy – all along paths, control flags whenever you need to decide to turn. Up to Y4
Yellow 2.0 km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams. Some turns with no control flags. Y6
Orange 3.5 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features. Y7-8
Light Green 4.2 km Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature. Y11-13
Short Blue 5.9 km As hard as we can make it on the area. n/a

*These are the recommended courses for people in these school years who enter the Youth League, however some will be invited to ‘run up’.

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

STARTS Register from 09:45 to 11:15 or visit http://sat.maptypes.org to reserve map/dibber.
Starts from 10:00 – 11:30. Courses close at 12:30.
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 for an extra map.
PUNCHING Sportident punching will be used.
Dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30
MAP Scale 1:7,500, pre-marked for all courses on waterproof paper.

In Langley Wood, one of the areas of ancient woodland, you must keep to the paths to protect the local flora and fauna. The affected areas are marked on the map with the purple “out of bounds” lines and in some places they are roped off. Courses are planned so that following paths is the most sensible route.

For map of a previous event see Routegadget.

FACILITIES Squash will be provided at the Finish.There are no toilet facilities at the event centre. The nearest public toilets are adjacent to the public car park in Sandridge at TL168104, nearest postcode AL4 9DA.
DOGS Dogs permitted under control throughout the area. Please clear up any mess and deposit in a poo bin.
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.
Planner Ian Jones
Organiser Maggie Jones
Controlling Simon Errington