Parking Field between Thornythwaite and Ulcat Row
Streetmap (OS) NY398225
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Venue: Watermillock Common is an area of fell above Ullswater. The walk from the parking field to the start/finish is approximately 1.5km, mostly flat.
Picnic afterward – bring your own food, drink and seat – see below.
Online for all courses, including yellow, at: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=10337 and close on Wednesday 7th September. You can also view the entries list here. In addition, limited entry on the day for yellow course only.
> Adults £5
> Juniors £2
Parking, Registration and Download
£1 per car. Please bring the correct change.
Field between Matterdale Church and Ulcat Row
> Postcode for Ulcat Row (approx. 500m south-east of the field): CA11 0LE
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You can access the event by public transport: Bus service 73 https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/buses/73/ from Carlisle, via Keswick and Troutbeck (connect with X5/X4 from Penrith) passes within 500m of parking, stopping at Matterdale Church, arriving just before 10am and returning at just before 3pm (apres picnic – see below).
If you would like to car share you can do so via the Border Liners car share WhatsApp group or put a request/seek others on the Border Liners Facebook page.
A portaloo will be available in the parking field.
At the request of the tenants, dogs are not allowed on the orienteering courses or in the parking field.
Dibbers can be borrowed at registration. If you have your own dibber, you do not need to register before heading to the start.
Whistles and Clothing
It is strongly recommended that competitors carry a whistle. The event is in September and on an exposed area. You could return sunburnt or soaked and frozen; in wind and/or rain, competitors are strongly advised to wear a waterproof jacket and other warm clothing. In hot weather, please consider suncream, a hat and taking fluids with you on your run.
At start/finish. The risk assessment will be held at registration/download.
It is an approximately 1.5km walk from parking to the start/finish. The route will be taped, along a country lane and then pavement beside a busier road. The final 100m has no pavement and is not great for driver visibility. Please be alert on this section. The start and finish are within 150m of each other and clothing can be left at the start or finish, at your own risk.
Courses close at 1430
When you arrive at the start, please be sure to let the start/finish official know who you are so you can be ticked off as having started. Likewise, let them know again when you finish, so we know you are safely off the area.
All are on the shorter side to allow for the walk to and from the parking to the start/finish.
> 1.9km 95m climb (Newcomers and novice orienteers)
> Note that there is one section of path with bracken on either side which could be as tall as smaller children however, the path is clear on the ground through it.
> There will one short section marked with tapes between two controls, to assist with navigation.
> 2.1km 100m climb (Experienced orienteers)
> 3.9km 250m climb (Experienced orienteers)
Fast, open fellside with excellent views! Some areas a little wet or tussocky underfoot. There is a bracken over a small-ish area of the map. This is mostly only knee high and not especially dense, meaning that generally, routes through the bracken are highly feasible. Please check yourself for ticks afterwards.
> Scale 1:10,000 for Green, 1:7,500 for Yellow and Short Green
> Contours 5m
> There various unmapped trods and quad bike tracks.
> Trees are not mapped.
> Bracken screen is reasonably accurate.
> There is a fair bit of rock on the area – not all is mapped, but anything significant is.
Pop-Up Summer Picnic
Bring your packed lunch and flask, your own seat to sit upon, picnic table, if liked, and sun-hat etc as required, totally DIY, and join your fellow members and competitors at BL’s Club Picnic at our Watermillock Event. We provide the area, you provide the rest!
There will be a signed area taped off in the car park near download where we can all congregate, chat and revive in the fresh air after we’ve finished our runs. It’s not only for BLs. ALL competitors and friends are welcome – a chance to remind ourselves what a friendly and sociable sport this really is. Huge thanks to Angela Whitworth for masterminding and organising this.
For any queries on this event, please contact: Organiser/planner: Isabel Berry 07754 235997 email@example.com