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Orienteering Club

Northern Championship 2021 - High Dam

New date 6 June 2021

Note: This event is Day 2 of the Lake District Double Championship Weekend. Day 1 is the British Middle Distance Championships which will be held on Summerhouse Knott on the previous day, 5 June 2021, using the same parking fields.

Sun 06th Jun 2021

Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Open Fell, Moorland, Woodland
Info updated: 04th Jul


Event Report

Congratulations to the following Northern Champions

Entry Class Name


Age Class
M10A Evan Jones CLOK M10
M12A Maxwell Groom SYO M12
M14A James Bryant SYO M14
M16A Conrad Reuber SYO M16
M18E Euan Tryner SYO M18
M20E Finlay Johnson SROC M20
M21E Oliver Johnson SYO M40
M35L Jordan Larne DEE M35
M40L Andrew Preston SYO M40
M45L Peter Tryner SYO M45
M50L Martin Ward SYO M50
M55L Simon Martland EPOC M55
M60L Jonathan Emberton EPOC M60
M65L Peter Haines AIRE M65
M70L Peter Gorvett SYO M70
M75L Michael Pearson WCOC M75
M80 Chris Lates BL M80
M85 Stanley Johnston LOC M85
W10A Hannah Chapman SYO W10
W12A Charlotte Chapman SYO W12
W14A Freya Tryner SYO W14
W16A Imogen Pieters SYO W16
W18E Maya Hampshire Wright NN W18
W20E Evie Conway EUOC W20
W21E Sarah Jones LOC W21
W35L Laura Goy SYO W35
W40L Heather Heppenstall LOC W40
W45L Kim Baxter SYO W45
W50L Jenny Peel SYO W50
W55L Sara Campbell DEE W55
W60L Charlotte Somers-Cocks LOC W60
W65L Anne Salisbury WARO W65
W70L Helen Gardner EBOR W70
W75 Carol McNeill LOC W75
W80 Judith Powell AIRE W80

Eileen Bedwell


Pre Event Info

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

RouteGadget link to the British Long Distance Championship 2017 courses.

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

Entries are closed.

Final details available here


Because of the need to ensure social distancing at all times, we will discourage competitors from occupying the car park fields for longer than they need to. There will be no traders, no caterers, no results display, no string course and no conventional prize giving. Otherwise, it will be a normal orienteering championship! It is really important that all participants read and abide by the British Orienteering COVID-19 Code of Conduct before, during and after competing. 


Nearest town: Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

Parking for both of these events will be in the same two fields on each day, in the vicinity of the village of Finsthwaite. The recommended approach from west, south and east (M6) is via the A590. Traffic may also approach from the north via Hawkshead and Graythwaite. Both parking fields use a single gate for entry and exit. Early arrivals will be parked in one field and later arrivals in the other so that those with early starts can have an unimpeded exit after completing their runs. To facilitate this, the final approach for early arrivals will be different from that for later arrivals. Further information is in the final details.

Registration & Start Times

Start times will be from 10:00 (extended to 09:30 for some very full courses) to 14:00 with a two-minute gap between competitors in the same start lane.. 

The assembly and pre call-up area will be situated in the early arrivals parking field. This will be 1.5km from the late arrivals car park.

All competitors will need to pick up their running bib in the assembly. The main information on your bib will be your start time and your starting lane together with your name and club. These will be hung on a washing line arrangement in alphabetical order of surname for you to collect them yourselves.

There will be three starts, North-N, South-S and West-W. All three will be located in the same large field. Your starting lane will consist of the letter N, S or W to identify the particular start, plus a lane number. This field will be 800m uphill from the assembly over some rough terrain and competitors will need to queue at a social distance in start time order to be released from the pre call-up area, 30 minutes before their start time.

It will be a timed start. If you arrive late you will need to wait for a free time slot in your starting lane and there will be no adjustment to your start time. Some starting lanes are very full, so the wait could be considerable.

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

 There will be no entry on the day. 

Available Courses

Course No Start Lane No of controls Approx Length Climb Map Scale Men's classes Women's classes
1 W1 33


650m 1:15,000


2 W1 26 9.6km 420m 1:15,000

M20E, M18E

3 N1 27 9.6km 360m 1:10000

M35L, M40L, M21L

4 W2 23 8.3km 360m 1:7500

M45L, M50L

5 W3 20 7.7km 350m 1:7500

M55L, M18L, M20L, M21S

6 W4 22 6.9km 330m 1:7500


7 N1 18 6.8km 320m 1:10000


8 N6 15 6.4km 320m 1:15,000


W20E, W18E
9 S1 17 6.3km 320m 1:10000

M35S, M40S

W35L, W40L
10 N2 16 5.7km 310m 1:7500

M65L, M45S

W45L, W50L
11 S2 14 5.3km 270m 1:7500


12 S1 15 5.3km 250m 1:10000

M20S, M18S

W16A, W21S, W20L, W18L
13 S3 12 4.6km 190m 1:7500

M75L, M60S

 W60L, W35S

14 N3 12 4.2km 200m 1:7500


W65L, W70L, W40S, W45S, W50S
15 N4 10 3.4km 170m 1:7500

M80, M70S

W75, W20S, W18S, W55S, W60S
16 S1 9 2.5km 120m 1:7500

M85, M90, M75S

W80, W65S, W70S
17 N4 8 1.4km 80m 1:7500


W85, W90
18 N5 13 4.8km 270m 1:10000

M14A, M16B

19 N5 10 3.3km 170m 1:10000


W14A, W16B
20 W5 11 2.9km 120m 1:7500

M12A, M14B

W12A, W14B
21 W5 13 2.3km 110m 1:7500

M10A, M12B

W10A, W12B
22 W5 11 1.6km 75m 1:7500

M10B, W10B

23 N6 10 3.3km 170


Light Green

24 W6 11 2.9km 120m 1:7500


25 W6 13 2.3km 110m 1:7500


26 W6 11 1.6km 75m 1:7500




S4 15 5.3km 270 1:7500 M70L, M50S  


Cancellation & Changes

Cancellations of entries up to 7 May will be given a full refund, less the standard Fabian4 administration charge.

Cancellations from 8 to  23 May will be given a 50% refund less the standard Fabian4 administration charge. We regret that no refunds of entry fees will be possible after 23 May.

Cancellations can be actioned via your entry details page.

Changes to Entry class and Start times can be made up to 16 May via your entry details page. Changes to SI card numbers will be possible for a short time after 16 May.

If you no longer have the email giving you access to your entry details page you can re-request it from

Other entry enquiries should be made to

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


Toilets will be available at both car park fields.

First aid will be near download.

Dogs allowed?

Landowners have stated that dogs will not be allowed in the car park fields or the assembly fields. However, it will be possible to park elsewhere and walk, without your dog, to the event. Parking is available in the field used for overflow parking for visitors to High Dam (GR SD 369 881, what3words ///intention.fearfully.samples). This is 0.5 km north east from the event car park field near Finsthwaite Church. Parking is also available next to the Aquarium at Lakeside (GR SD 378 873, what3words ///consonant.cities.happily). This is 1 km from the car park field near the church. Both these car parks require you to pay for parking.

Note that both these sites are likely to be very busy with tourists so it would be wise to arrive early.

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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