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National Trust Orienteering Challenge - Lyme

Part of the National Trust Orienteering Challenge Series

Exploring Lyme in a different way - 1 hour to visit as many control sites as possible, with optional non-orienteering challenges at some sites.

Sat 12th Mar 2016

Type of event: Local, Score
Type of terrain: Moorland, Parkland, Woodland
Info updated: 13th Mar


Pre Event Info

Explore Lyme in a different way. You have 1 hour to visit as many control sites as possible, with optional non-orienteering challenges at some sites. You must be aged 16 or over to enter this event. No previous experience of orienteering is necessary but a base level of fitness is recommended to get round the course area. Prizes donated by Cotswold Outdoor.

The Event

Competitors have 1 hour to visit as many control sites as possible, with additional mini-challenges at some sites. These are tests of mental or physical dexterity and will earn extra points. You will lose points if you take longer than 1 hour.

You must be aged 16 or over to enter this event.

There will also be special very easy courses for under-16s and families.

Travel and Parking

The entrance to Lyme is on the A6, just west of Disley village. Follow the drive 1 mile to the main car park. Postcode for Sat Nav SK12 2NR, grid ref SJ964823. The National Trust are waiving their normal parking fees for competitors at this event.

For travel directions by bike, bus, or rail see the National Trust website.


Pre-entry for the Orienteering Challenge is available at Enter Online (on the multi-sport section of the event list)

Online entries close at midnight on Thursday 10th March 2016.

A limited number of entries on the day will also be available (at a £1 surcharge), but online pre-entry will guarantee you a place.

Entry for the easy courses will be available on the day only (see below under Registration)

Scoring System

You will have 60 minutes to complete the Challenge and gain as many points as you can.

You will earn points for every control visited and every activity completed. There is no bonus for finishing earlier, and your finishing time will only be taken into account in the event of a tie on points.

You will be penalised for every minute or part minute late after the 60 minutes is up.

Your total score will be the sum of the points from all the controls visited minus any late penalty. The more controls visited within the time, the higher your score.

At some control sites there will be a fun mini-challenge, a test of mental or physical dexterity, that could earn you extra points. Further details of scoring, and information about the additional challenges, will be provided to entrants nearer the time of the event.

Registration and Start for the Challenge event

Adjacent to the car park. 10:00 to 10:45, with an event briefing for all competitors at 11:00

Mass Start at 11:15

Entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 21s (aged 16 or over). Competing as a pair is allowed, but pairs will not be eligible for prizes.

MDOC members will be at Registration to help and to explain everything.

Registration and Start for easy courses

In a separate tent adjacent to the car park, between 10:00 and 11:00 with help available.

Start individually at minute intervals between 10:30 and 11:30

Entry fee is £3 for individual juniors and £5 for families, pairs or individual adults.

SportIdent electronic timing and punching

Every competitor will use an SI electronic timing chip. These will be lent free to those who do not have their own. But if you lose it you will have to pay £30.

If you do not have your own dibber, we will lend you one to use on the day - just leave a blank in the space for an SI card when you register online.


There will be a short presentation of prizes at about 12:30, including some spot prizes. Prizes donated by Cotswold Outdoor.

What to bring and wear

Please wear clothes and shoes suitable for the weather on the day. Shorts are not allowed. A compass is not essential but may be useful.


All participants take part at their own risk. Walls and fences must NOT be crossed except at marked crossing points. Take care in areas where there is livestock, and watch out for rabbit holes, low branches and other such hazards. Please show consideration to other park users.

Cancellation Policy

If the event cannot proceed, for example due to extreme adverse weather, then we will inform all who have pre-registered, by email, as soon as possible. In the event of cancellation we reserve the right to retain some or all of entry fee to cover costs already incurred.


Nearest town: Disley

Terrain Description

Lyme is mature parkland with hills, moor and woodland.

Map is 1:10,000 scale with 5m contours, waterproof with pre-printed courses, A3 sized.

For the easy courses: Map is 1:5000 with 5m contours, A4 sized.


Toilets and a cafe in the Timber Yard, less than a 5 minute walk from the car park.
First Aid available at Registration.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are not permitted on the Challenge course. Otherwise, dogs are welcome but must be kept under control at all times. There are cattle, sheep and deer in some areas of the park. Dogs must be on leads in busy areas and near livestock.

Contacts / Officials

The course is planned by Ian Watson, with Lyme organising the challenges.

The organiser is Sue Birkinshaw, with help from other MDOC members.

Any enquiries to

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.

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