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Twin Peak 2017 - Day 1 - Torver Back Common

Middle Distance Event - Level B

Mixture of woodland with detailed rock features and open fell on the western side of Coniston Water.

Normal range of middle distance courses from Yellow to Black.

Sat 11th Feb 2017

Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Open Fell, Woodland
Info updated: 13th Feb


Pre Event Info

Twin Peak 2017 - Coniston

Preliminary Details

Update 11/01/2017: The entry limit for Day 1 at Torver Back Common has now been reached. You can still enter for Day 2 at Bleathwaite and Little Arrow Moor.

Twin Peak Prizes

There will be a small prize for the leading member of each age group M/W10 – M/W85 adding together the times for the Torver and Bleathwaite events.  Those wishing to be eligible for a prize should enter the appropriate course shown on the table for each individual day, or run-up on both days.


Nearest town: Torver, Coniston

Directions / Parking

Signed from A593 600m north of Torver village at GR SD288947. The Centre is 1.2km along a well maintained track. 

Bus X12 Coniston to Ulverston service could be used. See

Assembly: Raymond Priestly Centre (LA21 8AX, grid reference SD300950) on the west side of Coniston Water, between Torver and Coniston. We shall be using the Boat Shed.

Parking: Cars will be parked on limited hard-standing and track verges, between 200m and 1 km from Assembly. Fee £2 (please share transport if possible). Please inform the organiser if bringing anything larger than a car. 

The usual range of facilities will be provided at assembly (Enquiries, Registration, SI Card Hire, First Aid, toilets, catering, download etc.)

Registration & Start Times

EOD: Sorry, there will not be any EOD, but SI card hire will be available at Assembly. 

Start times: 11.30 to 13.30. Courses close 15.00

Start times will be allocated, but will be flexible. 

Start: Less than 500m from Assembly. Allow 15 minutes.

Whistles will be compulsory and checked. Cagoules may be compulsory. No clothing dump.

Finish: Finish adjacent to Assembly. Download at Assembly.  

Course Information

Course length, technical difficulty and climb will be compliant with BOF Rules of Orienteering, Appendix B, Section 9.

You may enter whichever course you want, but if you wish to be eligible for a prize in the 2-day Twin Peak Competition you should enter the appropriate course for your age class, or run-up on both days. 

Course Age classes   Length km Climb m Map scale
Black M18, M20, M21, M35, M40   4.6 225 1:10,000
Brown M45, M50 W18, W20, W21 3.9 180 1:10,000
Blue M16, M55, M60 W35, W40 3.5 160 1:10,000
Green M65, M70 W16, W45, W50 2.8 135 1:7,500
Short Green M75, M80 W55, W60, W65 2.4 110 1:7,500
Very Short Green M85 W70, W75, W80, W85 1.9 70 1:7,500
Light Green M14 W14 2.2 95 1:7,500
Orange M12 W12 1.8 75 1:7,500
Yellow M10 W10 1.1 45 1:7,500

Unfortunately no string course will be provided.

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

Pre-entry is preferred.  Enter online via Fabian4 website
Entries close February 4th.

The entry limit of 250 has now been reached. 

Pre-entry: Seniors £8, Juniors and Students £3

SI card hire: Seniors £1, Juniors and students 50p (£30 if not returned)

Terrain Description

Torver Back Common is a relatively small but beautifully varied area, consisting of :-

  • A sheep-cropped hilltop area where running is fast and navigation straightforward
  • A bracken covered slope with considerable contour, vegetation and rock detail, where navigation is tricky and fast progress requires use of sheep trods and marshes
  • A detailed strip of rocky woodland with very little undergrowth and a good path network.
  • Between the woodland and the slope is a region of complex and slippery rock, and a deeply-incised stream.
  • There are some small lakes and deep marshes. 

Map: Updated 2006, with minor updates 2011 and 2015.  1:10,000 or 1:7,500 with 5m contours.  Only relatively significant rock is mapped.  Bracken is not mapped.  In some areas there are thick juniper bushes, which are not individually mapped.  The open moorland is heavily walked by the public, and there are some seasonal paths.  Most maps will not have a legend, however spare legends will be available at registration.


Toilets: In the Centre. No muddy shoes please.

Catering: NW Junior Squad will be offering soup, hot butties, cakes and drinks. Please support them.

Traders: No traders

First Aid: Available at Assembly

Dogs allowed?

On leads in car parking areas only.  

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Steve Fellbaum (MDOC) Tel. 01625 421525 (before 10 p.m.)

Email enquiries to

Planner: John Kewley (MDOC)

Controller: Patrick Smyth (NATO)

Our thanks to:

  • The University of Birmingham Raymond Priestley Centre, particularly Norman Beech, for the use of the centre and for their very helpful co-operation in supporting this event.
  • The National Trust for allowing the use of the field at Hoathwaite Farm for parking and for the use of Bleathwaite
  • Arnold Lancaster and the Commoners of Torver Back Common for their active support and permission to hold the event.
  • The tenant farmers Sam Inman and Allan Wilson.

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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