Orienteering at Hainault Forest Country Park

30 April 2017 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hainault Forest Country Park
Hainault Forest Country Park
Romford Rd, Chigwell IG7 4QL
Harold Wyber


Entries will be taken on the day. While there is no online entry fee payment system, it would be helpful to the organising team if you could complete the map reservation form or sign up for the event on Facebook [separate Facebook event for the Trail Race]. Timing will use EPS-SI and dibbers will be available for hire.

Entry Fees:

Orienteering Courses Seniors Juniors / Students
Members of British Orienteering £6

£7 if dibber hire is required

£2.00 dibber hire is required
Others £8
£9 if dibber hire is required
£2.00 if dibber hire is required
Trail Race Seniors Juniors / Students
All entries £7 includes dibber hire £2.00 includes dibber hire


Seven colour-coded courses (White; Yellow; Orange; Light Green; Green; Blue; Brown) and a 5km mass-start trail run. White, Yellow and Orange courses pre-viewed.

Course information is subject to final planning and controlling.

 Course Distance Controls Climb Suitable For
Brown 8.5 km 21  110m Experienced orienteers with stamina to tackle long courses.
Blue 6.8 km 21  80m Experienced orienteers.
Green 5.4 km 13  40m Experienced orienteers – older juniors and veterans.
Light Green 3.8 km 13  35m Juniors with 3/4 years experience.
Orange 3.3 km 12  25m Juniors with 2/3 years experience, adult novices. Courses occasionally leave the paths.
Yellow 2.0 km 7  25m Juniors, beginners, family groups. Courses generally stay on the paths.
White 1.6 km 9  15m Juniors under 10 or junior beginners. Courses stay on the paths.
Trail Race 4.6km 7  55m Adult novices / runners


Registration Opens First Start Registration Closes Trail Race Start Last Start Courses Close
 10:00  10:30  11:30  11:15  12:00  14:00

Terrain & Map

Map: Hainault Forest Country Park. 1:10,000 updated 2017, Tom Edelsten

Mixed woodland and open parkland.

Woodland Trust are in the process of installing new cattle fences in some of the forested parts. These could affect all courses except White and Yellow. The finished fences are only crossable by the tall and fit, so have been shown by the “High fence” symbol. If cattle have been introduced by the time of the event, it is however unlikely that they will show much interest as you pass them. At the time of updating the map some fences were comprised of just a line of posts, shown by the “Ruined fence” symbol. Unsurprisingly, no cattle were present in these areas. The “Gate/gap” symbol usually indicates a formal gate, but also occasionally a narrow gap.

Where woodland has recently been cleared the debris has been accumulated in linear piles, indicated by the deep green hedge symbol, again difficult to cross except by the more agile.

The ground is very dry at present, and many of the streams and water channels marked on the map have very low water levels and even none in places.


Public toilets are available beside the Car Parks. There will be a charity cake stand. Other regular park amenities include the (free) Foxburrows Farm and Zoo, the boating lake, cafe, adventure play areas and woodland trail.

Dogs welcome if under control.


North: at the junction of the A113 and A1112, turn south on A1112 for c. 2.5 miles. Continue straight on at traffic lights at Chigwell Row. Follow signs to Country Park. Turn left into park, just before traffic lights.

South: at the junction of the A12 and A1112, turn north on A1112 approx 3 miles. Turn right into park, just past traffic lights.

From M25, Junction 28: A12 direction Romford. After c. 4.5 miles, turn right at traffic lights onto A1112, then proceed as above.

Car Park:    Park as directed. Foxburrows car park, Hainault Forest Country Park, Chigwell Row, Essex. Grid ref TQ 478929. Parking charges are £1 for the first hour  / £3 all day.

Not more than 500 metres to start / finish. Allow 5 minutes walk.

Public Transport: Nearest tube station is Hainault (1.5 miles) Central Line. The 150 bus from outside Hainault tube passes close to the entrance to the park. Disembark at Brocket Way, walk down Romford Rd toward the main park entrance. Do not use the pedestrian entrance directly opposite the bus stop as you will be entering the competition area.



Planner Controller Organiser
Alan Brett Neil Speers (DFOK) Harold Wyber
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