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Cothelstone South


Sat 2 Mar

Near: Bishops Lydeard
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Training, Juniors

Please note: There is a road closure on the outskirts of Bishops Lydeard that may impact some orienteers:

There is a diversion via West Bagborough. It may be more convenient & easier to come via Kingston St Mary.

The area is quite tranquil. It is possible to see and hear ravens, as well as spot roe deer if you are lucky [and quiet!]. If you have time to stop then there are lovely views across to Exmoor.

There are lots of well-defined paths to use; however, the height gains will help improve your fitness.

The area is in part used by walkers, dog walkers, riders, and MTBers, although not that much used. It is an uphill walk of about 630m to the start, but a lovely downhill walk from the finish of 630m!

All courses have been kept away from the remains of small-scale quarrying. The path to the start/finish bypasses these.

Covered legs will be needed.

The Fox course will tax your fitness and is tougher than last year.

This year’s courses provide new paths and features to experience as we are further North for the most part compared to last year.

JOG Spring 2024 Series Info

Our Junior Orienteering Group (JOG) runs during term times holding low-key weekly events aimed at juniors, families, and all those looking to improve or train. Newcomers are always welcome.

Non-members are very welcome. If you like it and want to join, read about joining QO here.

JOG Spring 2024 fixtures list

Series Contacts

Series organisers: Judy & Roger Craddock 01823 323850

Directions / Parking

The nearest parking is at ST 18477 31903; however, there is limited space.

Permission has been received from the Cothelstone Estate to use the enclosed car park where there is a Portaloo. The parking at registration is for families with very small children.

Course Information

We cater from beginners through to a good club standard. We call the courses Hare, Squirrel, Badger, and Fox and these offer a clear progression in the difficulty level. The Fox course usually incorporates adult training exercises.

Hare to Badger usually uses PIN punching, and sometimes also the option of QR code punching using your smartphone. The latter has the training benefit of the GPS tracks automatically being added to Routegadget for post-run analysis. Fox is sometimes PIN/QR punching and sometimes GPS punching. The latter is also automatically uploaded to Routegadget.

JOG courses explained

Entry Details

  • Entry - £3 per person pre-entered or £4 per person on the day
  • Dibber hire - Free (but if lost you would be liable for the replacement cost of £30)


Please consider buying a pack of pre-entry credits in advance. This costs you the same but saves the club a lot in credit card fees.

Buy Credits

Registration & Start Times

Starts at 1.30pm with controls being collected in from 3.30pm (No starts after 3pm)

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Mike Andersen

Controller: Paul Chavasse

Photo Gallery

View from Cothelstone Hill

View from Cothelstone Hill
Credit: Ken Grainger

Cothelstone Hill JOG- fast going on the top, February 2017

Cothelstone Hill JOG- fast going on the top, February 2017
Credit: Jim Pearson

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.

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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