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Orienteering Club

Northern Championship 2020 - High Dam



We know that you will have already heard from British Orienteering that all orienteering activities have been suspended in line with government policy on dealing with Coronavirus.
Obviously the Double Championships Weekend will not now take place in May 2020.

We are currently discussing our options and assessing the best way forward. This discussion includes the amount of your entry fee that we will be able to refund to you.

We hope to be able to write to you again in a few days’ time with more information.

Roger Smith (LOC) Organiser for British Middle Distance Championships.

Trevor Roberts (MDOC) Organiser for Northern Championships.

Sun 10th May 2020

Type of event: Major
Type of terrain: Open Fell, Moorland, Woodland
Info updated: 18th Mar

Pre Event Info

This event is Day 2 of the Lake District Double Championship Weekend and also MDOC's 2020 Club Championship Event 4.

High Dam was last used for the British Long Distance Championships in May 2017. 

It is prime orienteering terrain which will test your navigation skills.

Day 1 of the Lake District Double Championship Weekend will be the British Middle Distance Championship to be hosted by Lakeland Orienteering Club and held at Summerhouse Knott on the previous day.

RouteGadget link to the British Long Distance Championship 2017 courses.


Nearest town: Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

Parking and assembly for the British Middle Distance Championships and the Northern Championships will be the same on both days, in the vicinity of the village of Finsthwaite. The recommended approach is from the A590.

Registration & Start Times

Start times will be from 10:30 to 14:30.

Course Information

Age classes 

A and B classes for M/W10 to M/W16
L and S classes for M18 to M75
L and S classes for W18 to W70
L classes only for M80, M85, M90, W75, W80, W85 and  W90
Elite classes for M/W18, M/W20 and M/W21

Age Class courses are open only to members of British Orienteering, or members of an IOF affiliated Federation.

To be eligible for the Northern Orienteering Championship titles, competitors must also be members of clubs belonging to the North of England Orienteering Associations = NEOA, YHOA or NWOA

Colour coded courses

Light Green

Colour coded courses are open to anyone.

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

Online entries to the Northern Championships and the British Middle Championships may be entered jointly, via Entries to the Age Class courses must be pre-entered online. There will be no entry on the day.
Entries to the Colour Coded courses may be pre-entered online or entered on the day.

Championship Entry Fees

Payment date Senior Junior/Student
Up to 19 April £15 £6
20th April  to  26th April £17 £7

Colour Coded Entry Fees

Payment date Senior BO members Senior Non-BO members Junior/Student
Up to 19 April £6 £8 £3
20th April  to  26th April £8 £10 £4

Full time students, aged over 20 need only pay the Junior fee. However, they will need to provide details of their course of study on their Entry Form.

Normal SI card hire will be £1

SiAC card hire will be £2.50. These can only be hired in advance when entering online.


We are currently assessing our committed costs for this postponed event before deciding the arrangements for refunds. The previous arrangements oulined below will no longer apply. Refunds will be arranged via email at  

Cancellations of entries up to11 April will be given a full refund, less the standard Fabian4 administration charge.

Cancellations from 12 to 26 April will be given a 50% refund less the standard Fabian4 administration charge. We regret that no refunds of entry fees will be possible after 26 April.

The standard Fabian4 administration charge will be "4.5% of the fee being refunded + £2.10, or £3, whichever is the higher. Competitors may only cancel their entry while the event itself has not been curtailed or cancelled. If the total refund is less than £1, then no refund will be made"

Terrain Description

An extremely varied area of mature deciduous and coniferous forest, open and semi-open fell, and sheep pasture, with complex contour and rock detail throughout

Dogs allowed?

Because it is lambing time, we have been asked that no dogs should be brought on to the car park or assembly fields.

Contacts / Officials

Planners: Dan & Karen Parker (BL)

Organiser: Trevor Roberts (MDOC) 

Controller: Neville Baker (TVOC)


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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