Gelt Woods – Saturday 19th November 2022

Final Details (14/11/2022)

Entries are open on SiEntries here until 23:39 Wednesday 16th. The only entry on the day will be for the Novice course, subject to map availability.

If you are new to orienteering and will be going round as a group, just enter one person and use the option to select any additional maps that your group would like at £1 each.


Parking will be at GR NY524 597,  W3W trunk.ending.grief. This is at the top of a dead end road which can only be accessed from Low Gelt Bridge, which is just off the A69 (look out for O signs). Parking will be linear, there is a turning circle at the end of the road.

Punching: SI with SIAC enabled, you still need to punch the start and the finish

Facilities: portaloo at the turning circle

First aid at the finish

There is a 1.4km level walk to the start and back from the finish, start and finish are adjacent

Starts from: 11.00 – 12.30

Courses Close: 14.00

Terrain: Gelt Woods is a mixed woodland. It is generally runnable but has some steep slopes and enormous crags. There is also a small area of rough open (only on the Green). Please note the Green does have some steep descents – the Short Green does not. You can change course before the closing date! Some of the paths are covered in leaf litter and are difficult to see. The Green course will encounter areas of severe windblow, these can be (and should be) avoided. The Novice course has a short flagged section between controls.

Map: 1:7500 5m A4 2020 survey based on LIDAR data. The brown triangle symbol denotes a platform which may be a small charcoal burning ground, a long ago up-ended tree or an ancient (and apparently) inactive badger sett. A green cross denotes a rootstock / fallen tree. Note also that solid black lines are long (large) crags, not forest roads.

Length / Climb / Controls
Green 4.1km / 235m / 22
Sh. Green 2.9km / 145m / 14
Novice 1.8km / 55m / 13

The Green and Short Green courses are in two parts with a map turn-over.

Please Note: the area is popular with dog walkers and other members of the public, please be courteous to them.

No dogs on courses.

First Aid: a first aid sack will be located at the finish on a do it your-self basis. There will be a first-aider at download.

Nearest Hospital:
Cumberland Infirmary, Newtown Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 7HY (Tel 01228 523444)
Grid reference NY387561
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Please do not attend this event if you have Covid-19 symptoms. In accordance with Government guidance, if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Please maintain social distancing where practical, including from the volunteers on the organising team; e.g. at Download. In particular, please be considerate and remember that other people may be more concerned about Covid-19 and have a greater desire to maintain social distancing than you do. Before and after your run, you may wish to avoid unnecessary close contact with people outside your household. Continue to maintain good hand hygiene.

A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the organiser, but please remember that competitors take part at their own risk. Orienteering is an adventure sport – your safety is your own responsibility.

Please make sure you download even if you do not complete your course.

Organiser/Planner: Andy Lewsley (