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Buckland Wood


Sun 9 Jan

Near: Taunton
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race


Results and Splits

We're looking forward to welcoming everyone to a classic forest event on the Blackdowns. Put those New Year's Resolutions of getting out for more exercise into action in this fun environment.

There is a strict limit of 100 participants in the permissions agreement due to the SSSI status of some parts of the area. We apologise that many people have been unable to get a place, but it was either that or no event.

This also means that sadly we will have to refuse entry on the day at this event.


We now have the required permissions from both Forestry England and Natural England. So, unless COVID rules change, we are good to go!

Please be aware that sections of the courses are in SSSIs. These areas are especially important to wildlife, so please treat them with your usual high levels of respect. All control locations have been agreed with the bodies responsible for looking after the area so as to avoid the most sensitive locations but we all need to be careful.

As part of the agreement, we have to take before and after photographs of all control sites. We are aware that clubs in other areas have been asked to do this, but it is the first time for us. We hope it will clearly show the minimal impact we have.

Forest League 2021/22 Series Info

A local event open to all, beginner or experienced orienteer, young or old and there are colour-coded courses suitable for all.

We have six of these events a year and together they form the Forest League (QOFL). The series starts in the Autumn and continues at approximately one event per month until the spring.

Anyone can get a result for an event, but for it to be included in the league scoring you have to be a member of a British Orienteering affiliated club at the time of entry.

Fixture list

Code of Conduct

Please make sure you have read and comply with the Participant Code Of Conduct and, if applicable, the Parent Code Of Conduct.

Directions / Parking

Start and Finish 2 minutes from car park/registration.

Course Information

Course Controls Length Climb
White 12 1.2 km 40 m
Yellow 13 1.8 km 85 m
Orange 12 2.0 km 115 m
Light Green 12 2.2 km 125 m
Short Green 11 2.3 km 110 m
Green 16 3.0 km 165 m
Blue 23 4.3 km 230 m

All courses except the white course pass through areas with grazing animals. These are generally docile but please do not disturb.

Entry Details

Pre-entry closes on 7 January.


Registration & Start Times

Start opens1100
Start closes1300
Courses close1500

Helpers can start from 1045 - remember to get your discount code from your team leader before entering.

Dog restrictions

Because of grazing animals it is not recommended to take dogs on courses, except for the white course.

Safety Rules

leg coveringyes
waterproofsdepends on weather
U16 accompanied by responsible adultno

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Ray Toomer

Planner: Richard Sansbury

Controller: Adam Fieldhouse

Photo Gallery

Buckland Wood Road Alongside By Simon Beck

Buckland Wood Road Alongside By Simon Beck

Buckland Wood

Buckland Wood

Cottage by Quants gate

Cottage by Quants gate
Credit: NChipchase ccbysa2.0

Pete & Angela warming up at Quants

Pete & Angela warming up at Quants
Credit: Vikki P

Rusty old fence, Ruggin nature reserve

Rusty old fence, Ruggin nature reserve
Credit: NChipchase ccbysa2.0

Tunnel, Ruggin Nature Reserve

Tunnel, Ruggin Nature Reserve
Credit: NChipchase ccbysa2.0

Important Event Information

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. All participants must report to download whether they finish their course or not.

Privacy: when participating in our events/activities your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports. Read our data protection page to see how we look after your personal data.

Photography: QO has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser.

Safeguarding: QO is aware of it's responsibilities in safeguarding and child protection. To comply with The Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Relevant Agency (England) Regulations 2018, we now provide an email address for individuals to report concerns to the Lead Safeguarding Officer. This address is