PARKING Stanborough Park North Car Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City. Nearest postcode AL6 8XF.  Car park charge now £6 for 3 hours  (£1.50 all day with a Resident Pass).  The car park now operates with an automatic number plate recognition system.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Stanborough Park is 1.5 miles from Welwyn Garden City train station, following Parkway and Stanborough Road.
TERRAIN Open parkland with small areas of woodland. Large uncrossable water features.
BEGINNERS First timers are very welcome. Look for our greeters in hi-vis jackets who will give you help.
COURSES Courses for everybody from beginners of any age to experienced orienteers.

Course Straight line Distance Difficulty School Years*
White  1.1 km Easy – all along paths. Control flags when you need to decide whether to turn. Up to Y4
Yellow  1.7 km Fairly easy – navigate along line features such as paths, walls, streams.
Some turns with no control flags.
Orange  2.4 km Moderate – start cutting across country, some controls a bit away from line features. Y7-8
Light Green  3.7 km Harder – a range of navigational skills needed to find controls on any mapped feature. Y11-13
Short Blue  4.6 km As hard as we can make it on the area. n/a

Please note that the running distances will be somewhat in excess of the straight line distances above due to deviations around the lakes and streams.

*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 You can choose a 15 minute start block between 10:00 and 11:30.
Start and finish are within 200m of the event centre and car parking.
Courses close 12:45
ENTRY & FEES Entry is now open on line via SI EntriesOnline entry will remain open until 11:15 on the day, so long as maps and start slots are available.

Entries up to midnight on Sunday 30 October:

  • BOF members: Adults £4, Juniors £2, HH juniors free.
  • Non-members: Adults £6, Juniors £3.
Entries from Monday 31 October:

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

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

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 Toilets are open. Cafe and covered outdoor seating area is open and Terranova are serving pizzas for takeaway. These are all between the (S) car park and event centre. There are toilets and a kiosk selling hot drinks and snacks by the north lake if you parked there.
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.

You should abide by the British orienteering Covid-19 Code of Conduct. In particular:

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, are living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you should not come. You’ll get a full refund.
  • Before, during and after your run, maintain appropriate distance from other runners and other park users.
  • Hand sanitiser is available – please use it.
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).

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

Planner Elizabeth Disney
Organiser Stu Levene
Controlling Emese Svab
The small print

This event is registered with British Orienteering, number 81762

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.

Your personal data is used for results and insurance, see our privacy policy.

If you have to cancel for a COVID-related reason, write to and we will give a full refund. If we have to cancel the event we will offer a choice of a full refund or a voucher for use at a future HH event. That choice will be sent to the email address used for the original entry. If you do not reply by the deadline, the default is a voucher.