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Night event at Ladies Spring Woods & Beauchief Golf Course

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Wed 5th Jan 2022

Are you up for the challenge of night orienteering? Ladies’ Spring Woods and Beauchief Golf Course offer a mix of fast runnable open and steeply contoured deciduous woodland. There is a choice of 4 courses catering for experienced orienteers and newcomers alike.


Parking at Beauchief Golf Course S8 0DB, 100m East of the Junction of Abbey Lane and Abbeydale Road.


Located on the other side of the River Sheaf from Ecclesall Woods, the terrain comprises partly of the former Beauchief estate. To the North is the Beauchief golf course which provides fast running underfoot on gentle slopes with scattered trees. To the south of the golf course are Ladies’ Spring, High and Park Bank Woods which comprise steep-sided oak woodland with a few paths and a mix of undergrowth and runnable woodland. 


A4 map on waterproof paper:  1:7500,  with 5m contours, mapped by Colin Smith 2018/19.

map extract Beauchief


Via SYO entry system.


Easy / Yellow 1.7k, 55m climb, 9 controls - ideal for juniors trying their first night event
Short / Orange 2.6k, 65m climb, 13 controls - ideal for adults trying their first night event & improving adults & juniors - no primary age juniors (unless accompanied by an adult) due to minor road crossing
Medium / Short Green 3.6k, 95m climb, 19 controls - for experienced orienteers
Long / Short Blue 5.0k, 175m climb, 22 controls  - for experienced orienteers

Distances are straight line routes. Control descriptions are on the map - no loose control descriptions.

Primary age juniors can only run the Easy course (unless accompanied by an adult).

Registration & Entry fees

Assembly and registration will be at the Golf Club from 5.45pm. 

£5 adults (£4 members)
£3 juniors / students

Dibber hire free.  Pairs just pay for 1 entry.


Adjacent to Assembly. From 5.45pm – 6.45pm.  Courses close 7.30pm.  Please arrive early if you think you could take a long while.  You must report to download even if you retire.  

Post event social

Join us for beer and food in the golf club bar.  Food will be available from 6.30pm-7.30pm. Food must be pre-ordered.

Choice of:

  • Jacket Potato with various fillings, chilli, tuna, cheese, beans. - £3.70 (please state filling choice)
  • Panini - £3, Sandwiches start at £2.20:   tuna, cheese, prawn, ham (please state filling choice) - add chips £1.35.
  • Soup and roll  - £3

Additional Safety & Out of Bounds Info

Full leg cover, whistles and headtorches are compulsory. Spare torches are highly recommended.  Studded shoes with good grip are recommended (particularly if wet). Inexperienced juniors must be shadowed by an adult.

The Medium, Long and Short courses cross a public road from one part of the golf course to the other. This road is very quiet and provides access to only a few residential properties and a sports club. Warning signs will be provided to drivers either side of the crossing, but the crossing will not be marshalled. Please take care crossing the road.

Adjacent to the road crossing is a track which goes between the grounds of Beauchief Abbey and a residential property. Both are strictly out of bounds and have been marked on the map as such. You will have two controls in each direction that guide you along the track between the properties. Please remember to punch the controls in both directions. An example from one of the courses is shown below.


We are grateful to Beauchief Golf club for permission to use the golf course for the event. All greens are strictly out of bounds. They are marked in olive green on the map (out of bounds symbol) with a black outline. The boundaries of these are often marked with white lines on the ground. .  On the map the greens are as shown below


Venue Details

Ladies Spring Wood is on a slope running down to the River Sheaf on the other side of the river from Ecclesall Woods.  The area also includes Park Bank woods and Beauchief Golf Course which has been mapped for night event use. The woodland is mainly deciduous, much of it on steep valley sides, with areas of fast runnability and areas of bramble and holly. This is a new area for orienteering with the map created in 2018/2019.

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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