Jack of Herts, Ashridge

Location Ashridge Estate, National Trust, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT (SatNav reference).

The entrance to Monument Drive and the Estate Visitor Centre is off the B4506 between Berkhamsted and Dagnall.

Terrain Ashridge is a fine area of gently undulating deciduous woodland with a steep scarp slope to the west containing some areas of contour detail. The going is generally very fast with some limited areas of denser woodland. There are a few small areas of brambles or denser vegetation that are not marked on the map, but these can generally be avoided.

The area is much used by walkers (many with dogs and/or buggies) and horse riders. Please be considerate to them to help ensure our continued access to this area.

We would like to thank the National Trust, and Ashridge Estate in particular, for access to this excellent forest.

Public Transport There are no direct public transport links to Ashridge Estate. Closest rail stations are Tring (3km) and Berkhamsted (6km)

Course Length Climb Men Women
Course Notes
Maps and control descriptions The map scale for this event is 1:10,000 with a 5 m contour interval for all courses. The area was resurveyed by Susan and Keith Marsden in spring 2018 and final updates added in January 2019. Some small seasonal animal tracks are not shown, nor are rootstocks, timber stacks, small fenced enclosures surrounding one or two trees, or branch hides. Thickets shown are generally (but not exclusively) rhododendron or holly.
String course
Entry & Fees  

  Pre-entry Late entry and EOD
Seniors (BOF)
Seniors ( non BOF)
Juniors (under 25)
Juniors (under 25 non BOF)
Punching Sportident dibber hire £1.00. Charge for lost dibbers £30.
Results There will be a local WiFi network in the Assembly area accessible from any smart-phone or tablet providing the following:

  • Start times of pre-entered competitors so you can check your start times, entered course, and the dibber number you entered with.
  • Live Results and splits updated every few minutes.
  • Live SplitsBrowser also updated every few minutes.

There will be no printed / posted results on the day but we hope to have a couple of tablets / PCs available near download for those without their own to check their results.

Full results will be published on www.herts-orienteering.club and Routegadget as soon as possible after the event.

Dogs Dogs are permitted in the assembly area on leashes but are not permitted to accompany runners on courses.
Safety Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety.

Climbing of fences is strictly forbidden.

All competitors travelling alone are advised to leave something of value that they will not forget at Enquiries (e.g. car keys) together with name, club, and emergency contact.

All competitors are advised to carry a whistle. In the event of extreme weather on the day, cagoules may be compulsory and you will be informed by car park marshals and in Assembly. Come prepared.

Large numbers of deer live in Ashridge; please allow them to move away from you without chasing and panicking them. If ever a deer does not move away from you then it is injured and should not be approached.

Ponds and marshy areas may be deeper and muddier than you think. Many of the paths are also very muddy at this time of year and therefore appropriate footwear must be worn by all.

The area is popular with cyclists, dog walkers and horse riders. Please show them due consideration.

Medical Despatch First Aid will be available at Assembly. The nearest hospital is the Luton and Dunstable Hospital Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ, 9 miles from the event. Maps will be available at enquiries.

You must go to Download (in Assembly) even if you don’t finish your course. We need to confirm you’re back safely.

Planner Becky & Tom Raftery
Organiser Mike Bennett
Controller TBC