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Evening Event at Wentworth Castle

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Wed 8th Sep 2021

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Apologies but this event is full. Please do not turn up on the evening. 

Join SYO at Wentworth Castle - another exciting new area for orienteering! All courses will enjoy sprint style courses around the formal gardens while longer courses will also explore the surrounding country park with its mix of woodland and runnable parkland.

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How to enter

All entries must be made in advance on the SYO Entry System. Entries are now open and close on Tuesday 7th September. There will be no entry on the day and a entry limit of 100 participants. Queries via email to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To complete your entry you will need to agree to "abide by the Participant Code of Conduct".  This can be found here.


Please park in the main Wentworth Castle visitor car park. Nearest postcode S75 3EN. What3Words: quiz.spell.local

If the entrance gate to the castle is closed when you arrive or leave it will not be locked, just closed to deter the public after closing. Please close behind you.


Starts 5pm to 6.30pm. Courses close 7.30pm promptly. If you think you might take a long time, please come early. Sunset is 7.39pm some late starters may appreciate a head torch for map readng purposes. It is approximately 7 minutes walk to the start from the car park. 


Yellow - technically easy. Ideal for younger juniors.
Orange - technically medium difficulty. A good place for adult beginners to start.
Green - technically hard
Blue - technically hard.

SI controls and timing will be used. Controls will be SIAC enabled. Povisional course distances available shortly.


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2 scales will be used for this event. 

1:3000 map of the formal gardens. Dom Dakin 2021

1:10000 map of the whole site including the surrounding country park. Marcus Pinker 2012 (never used). Updated Dom Dakin 2021.

Orange & Yellow courses will use just the 1:3000 map. Green & Blue courses will use both scales and will have a double-sided map.


Toilets adjacent to the finish - approx 5 minutes walk beyond the start. 


£6 adults (£5 members), £3 juniors & students. Pairs / family groups pay for one entry, extra map £1. Dibber hire free.

Entry is free to pre-paid club night participants.

Important Event Information

There are some gates - please close behind you. There are deer in parkland.

Please be courteous to other park users. Red tape in the area must not be crossed as it is marking out some diseased areas. As usual ALL flower beds are out of bounds


We need volunteers to enable this event to go ahead. Control collectors also required.

If you can help in any way, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Helpers receive a free run. Please enter using code HERE2HELP.

COVID Guidance for Competitors and Volunteers

You must not take part if you or any member of your household have had recent Covid-19 symptoms.

Event Officials

Planner - Steve Dempsey
Organiser - Amanda Crawshaw

Venue Details

Wentworth Castle is now managed by a partnership between the National Trust, Barnsley Council and Northern College.  They have given us permission to orienteer, including in the gardens, unlike our previous attempt to use the area.  The parkland is largely open, with several areas of woodland.  The gardens include an area of formal planting and a large area of woodland including the ruined fake castle: Stainborough Castle.

The map has been fully updated in 2021, needing a detailed survey of the garden area.  The previous map was surveyed and drawn for the British Schools by Marcus Pinker in 2012, but never used

Safety & risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. If a competitor has a pre-existing medical condition that they think should be declared, please complete a medical form at enquiries. The sealed envelope will only be opened in an emergency.


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