Devon Orienteering


Plymouth Central Park

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Updated Map!

Sun 27 Jun 2021

Info updated: 05th Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland

Pre Event Information

This will be a limited colour coded event  and precedes the re-opening of the permanent orienteering course. See the event flyer here: Central Park Details V3

Due to COVID-19, this is a pre-entry only event. To enter go to:

The map has been updated in 2021 by John Pearce.

Access: By agreement with Plymouth City Council.

Map: A4 portrait 1:6,500. The map has been updated this spring ready for a revamped permanent course to be completed summer 2021.

Please only cross fences/hedges at recognised crossing points.

Other users: Walkers, some with dogs and cyclists. This is a well used dog walking area. Please be considerate to other users.

Please ensure all litter is removed. Dogs are allowed if on short leads at all times.

Help and advice on all aspects of orienteering available to newcomers at registration.

All participants must download whether completed course or not.

The following courses are on offer:

Course Controls Length Climb
Yellow (Novice) 11 1.8km 35m
Orange 12 3.0km 65m
Light Green 11 3.3km 65m
Long Orange 16 4.3km 125m
Long (Red) 18 7.1km 180m


Safety and COVID-19: Every effort will be made to ensure the event is safe for competitors, volunteers and the public. We ask that at all times you adhere to the government’s guidance on social distancing and follow the British Orienteering’s Code of Conduct which can be found at:

Prior to the event, if you display symptoms of COVID-19, are required to self-isolate or are otherwise feeling unwell then you must not attend. Refunds will be given to those unable to attend for this reason.

Please ensure that you do not congregate in groups of more than 6 at any time, and keep a 2m distance at all times where possible. You should not need to enter a tent with another person at any time. If you are required to do this, you will need to wear a face covering. There will be no car key or baggage drop.

All competitors MUST download even if they do not complete the course. Runners must have covered legs. Suitable clothing for weather conditions should be worn.

Participants to bring their own water and ensure adequate hydration pre and post event. Hand sanitiser will be available; however, we encourage participants to bring their own. Please ensure hands are sanitised before and after the event. The organiser and the land owner reserve the right to refuse entry to any participants who in their opinion may increase the risk to themselves or others of contracting COVID-19.

Results: will be available on the Devon OC website ASAP after the event. 

Data: The personal data given at Registration will be used by the event organisers and their agents but only for the purpose of processing/publishing entries/results, conducting safety checks and as required by our insurers to validate our cover; and, managed iaw the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your personal data may also be used , if requested, as part of the Covid-19 Track and trace service 


Nearest town: Plymouth

Directions / Parking

Turn off the A38 at A386 Junction and follow signs to Plymouth Argyle FC, after approx. 2 miles you will see a large car park on the Left, at the end of the car park follow directions left into park and ride (Plymouth Argyle FC) car park. Nearest Post code PL2 3DQ

Parking: Plymouth Argyle FC, Park & Ride , free.

Registration: In Sports Community Centre or Devon Orienteering Club tent (to be confirmed). See aerial photo.

Toilets: In Life Centre and Community Sports Hub and adjacent to the cafe at the clock tower. See aerial photo.

Start and Finish: Very close to registration.

See the photograph below for location details

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10.00 – 12.00

Starts from 10.30 – 12.30

Course Closure 14.00

Punching: SI dibbers available for hire.

Course Information

The Yellow course is for young people and adults with no or limited previous orienteering experience. The courses follow tracks, paths and other line features, with one or two controls slightly off the path. There are some decision points where the runner will need to consider which route to take from alternative paths and tracks.
The Orange course requires a number of route choices to be made. Not all of the controls are on line features such as paths, tracks or hedges.
The Light Green course is a little more technically demanding than the Orange course and is slightly longer.
The Long Orange seeks to provide a more physical and longer course, making use of  the full extent of the park.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Strictly Pre-Entry ONLY. Entries will be limited to a maximum of 200 individual runners or family groups.

Individual Seniors £7.00

Family Groups £7.00

Juniors £ 3.00 Dibber Hire (electronic timer required to compete) hire £1.00.

Pre-entry available online via up to midnight 24th June 2021.

Competitors directly select their 15min start block. This is to reduce congestion around start and finish. Please do try to arrive at the start within your allocated times

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Steve Edmonds  


Mobile 07779 537103 

Planner:Sean Wolstenholme and Bryan Smith

Risk Assessor: Andy Reynolds

Safety and 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 you wish to report any safeguarding concerns to our national governing organisation, British Orienteering, please email .

Photography: Devon OC has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser.
Read our photography policy.

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