Local event and schools prize-giving
A Local (Lvl D) And Schools event at Forge Dam
On Sat 17th Jun 2017, 13:00 - 15:00
Registration will open at 1pm next to the cafe at Forge Dam map. You can start any time from 1pm – 3pm but the courses close at 3:30pm.
Adults £4, SYO members £3
Children £2 (Free for the first run if you are in Y3 or above and your schools is in the SFSS)
Any additional courses will cost an additional £1
If you would like to go around in a group you would just pay for one entry, plus £1 for each extra map.
Travel and parking
There is very little parking at Forge Dam itself so parking will be on nearby residential roads. Please park considerately. You should find plenty of space on Whitely Lane, Brookhouse Hill and Brooklands Cresent. See the link to the map above
Please don't try and drive down Ivy Cottage Lane to park by the stream, given the numbers of people running in these event recently it is very unlikely there will be a space. Turning round will be hard and most importantly there will be lots of people running around.
The nearest bus stop is on Brookhouse Hill, 5 minutes walk from Registration. Plan your journey
Toilets and café next to registration. Plus playground and a looong slide...
If you complete a course and there is still time you are welcome to try another.
See below for details on the courses on offer.
|Course||Distance||Technical Level||Who is it for?|
The easiest course and a great place for children to start. The course is entirely on paths and each time you have to make a decision - which path to take, there will be a control point.
The next step up and a good place for teenagers etc. to start. The course will use paths but also other line features - Fences, streams etc.
Harder still, the Orange course introduces:
Those doing either of the Orange courses need to be able to judge distances, orientate the map using surrounding features and a compass, use attack points and be bold enough to venture off paths for up to 30 metres
Similar difficulty to an orange course, but quite a bit further!
The course crosses Whiteley Wood Road twice. Whiteley Wood Road will have traffic on it so children need to cross with care.
Experienced orienteers or someone up for a challenge! Rather than carrying a map each control has a map extract that shows the location of the next control. You have to figure out the route and then run to the next control. If you lose your way you have no option but to retrace your steps back to the last control and try again.
Ideal for improvers The navigation difficulty increases and you start to use simple contours and point features.
Forge Dam forms one of several ponds created along the Porter Valley to feed metal-working mills. The Porter Valley is wooded along all of its length west from Hunters Bar (Bingham Park) to Ringinglow. The Forge Dam map includes Forge Dam Park and surrounding woodland, which was planted for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
The Forge Dam map includes Whiteley Woods, a larger area of woods which is also on some versions of the Bingham Park map. This part also includes an area of overgrown allotments, some of which are now mature woodland. There is some contour detail and the ruined walls, hedges and bulding bases add interest.More details about Forge Dam...