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Travel: Link to StreetMap
From Nottingham take the A60 northwards towards Mansfield. From the junction of the B6004 (Oxclose Lane) in Arnold, follow brown tourist signs to the SE entrance of Bestwood Country Park. Please note that this is the Bestwood Lodge Hotel entrance and *NOT* the NW entrance to the park by the old colliery in Bestwood Village

Nearest Postcode for SatNav: (of necessity may not be very close)

Parking: Link to StreetMap SK571463
Parking in the tarmac car park is limited and overflow parking in the nearby housing estates inconvenient for both orienteers and residents. Please try to share transport.

Beginners: ... help here
This event is suitable for beginners.
Beginner courses are always Entry-On-Day - there is no pre-booking.
You only need to come prepared for a walk or run in the park/woods.
We like to help newcomers to get started. Please email to let us know
that you are coming and we will allocate someone to help you.

Courses:... explanation
White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue and Brown.

10.00 - 12.00

Start Times:
10.30 - 12.30 (Course closes at 14.00)

Bestwood is appropriately named, being the best surviving area of ancient woodland close to Nottingham. Its orienteering is also some of the best with a complex area of valleys and spurs making an interesting challenge at all levels of the sport.

Punching System:
Timing is by SportIdent
Contactless punching is enabled for those with SIACs.
Everybody must punch conventionally at the Start and Finish.

Courses Overprinted on Waterproof paper

Dogs permitted on a lead

Public Toilet block at car park

This is mixed undulating oak woodland with a non-rectilinear path network. There are some brambles but courses have been planned to avoid the worst of the hazard. Competitors should also be advised that the area is extensively used by cyclists, dog walkers and horse riders, please share the area politely!

The Start is approximately 800 metres from the Assembly/Car Park. The route will be taped but please take care. This is a public road leading to Bestwood Lodge Hotel, Nottinghamshire Fire & Emergency Services Headquarters and a local Riding Stable. Towards the end of the morning this road could be quite busy. Competitors under the age of 15 ought to be accompanied by an adult. Care should also be taken when crossing on the way from the Finish to Download in the Car Park.
Competitors take part at their own risk.
It is recommended that whistles are carried.
Once you have started a course it is a rule that you don't leave the event without reporting to a download official even if you retire.

The Competitor Safety Slip can be downloaded and brought to registration if you wish to leave medical or emergency contact details. You may place in a sealed envelope. The slip will be only accessible to the organiser or first aiders and will be destroyed after the event.

Adults - £7 Adult BOF Members - £3.50 Students - £3 Juniors - £3 Family - £16
SportIdent Hire - £1
SportIdent Loss - £30
Extra Maps - £0.5


Andrew Breakwell
Richard Robinson
Roger Edwards (LEI)