Welcome to one of our Saturday series events which is also part of the club Youth League. Beginners are very welcome and there are courses for all standards.

TERRAIN Open parkland with small areas of woodland. Large uncrossable water features.
PARKING  Stanborough Park South Car Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6DF. OS Grid Ref. TL227110, what3words spends.puzzle.atom.
Vehicle access is only available travelling South West on Stanborough Road.    From Hatfield and A1(M), continue to the Gosling Sports Centre roundabout and return to the car park entrance. Height Restriction 2m.

Car park charge now £6 for 3 hours  (£1.50 all day for HH event helpers* or those with a ResidentPass).  The car park now operates with an automatic number plate recognition system.
* please ensure that you’ve notified in advance your registration number to Dave

The event centre is in the open area to the N of the sailing centre – see site map , what3words goes.pinks.skip.  From the car parking, follow round the top edge of the lake, past the cafe / toilets.  Start and Finish are close by.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Stanborough Park is 1.5 miles from Welwyn Garden City train station, following Parkway and Stanborough Road.
COURSES Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Straight line Distance Difficulty School Years*
White 1.2 km Easy – all along paths. Control flags when you need to decide whether to turn. Up to Y4
Yellow 1.9 km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams.
Some turns with no control flags.
Orange 2.6 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features. Y7-8
Light Green 4.7 km Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature. Y11-13
Short Blue 6.2 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.


Yellow and Orange courses:  Because of the nature of the area and recent flooding, there will be many controls in a small area.  Competitors need to check carefully which control they are intending to go to and when they get there, that the code number on the control matches up to show its the correct one.

Light Green & Short Blue: there is a mandatory section for the road crossing. This will be timed out.

BEGINNERS First timers are very welcome. Look for our greeters in hi-vis jackets who will give you socially-distanced help.
ENTRIES & FEES Entry online via SI Entries, which will remain open until 11:15 on the day of the event, so long as maps and start slots are available.

Entries up to midnight on Sunday 29 October:

  • BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2, HH juniors free.
  • Non-members: Adults £6, Juniors £3.
Entries from Monday 30 October:

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

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

A guide to navigating our entries system is here. 

STARTS Start and finish are close to the event centre and car parking.
You can choose a 15 minute start block between 10:00 and 11:30.  Courses close at 12:45 – please allow yourself plenty of time to complete your course before the cut-off.
PUNCHING Sportident punching will be used.
CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS Control descriptions will be on the map
MAP 1:7500 pre-marked maps for all courses. For map of a previous event see here.
FACILITIES There are toilets and a kiosk selling hot drinks and snacks by the north lake.  Near the South car park, there are toilets and a cafe, a covered outdoor seating area and Terranova serve pizzas for takeaway.
DOGS Please keep dogs 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 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) or WiFi available, so there is no need to hang around.

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

Planner Daniel Hodson
Organiser Dave Tookey
Controlling David Saunders
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 83606.

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.

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