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Aisholt Common


Sun 7 Jan

Near: Bridgwater
Level of event: Regional

Type of event: Race

Open moorland with patches of runnable woodland on Quantocks with some lovely views. All courses explore the hilltop around Will's Neck, and the longer courses head into the steeper slopes of Aisholt Common.

Forest League 2023/24 Series Info

Our league events are 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.

Please note that for the 2023/24 season, all our league events will be Regional events (Level C).

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.

Events list for Forest League 2023-24

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

Parking will be in a well draining field accessed from Triscombe Stone Car Park (subject to permissions). Please do not park in the public car park.

Reception and toilet (to be confirmed) in the parking field.

Course Information

Map A4 1:10000 for all courses. Contour interval 5m.

There is no map legend on the map – legend sheets available at the pre-start together with White and Yellow course maps.

Control descriptions on the map and available in start box. White and Yellow text/Orange text and pictorial, all others pictorial.

Brown 7.2km380m
Blue 5.5km300m
Green 4.1km185m
Short Green 3.3km 90m
Light Green 3.4km 100m
Orange 2.4km 80m
Yellow 1.8km 70m
White 1.3km 60m

(subject to final controlling)

All courses will be exploring the open moorland and patches of quite runnable woodland on and around Will's Nick with stunning views both East and West.

The longer courses (Green and above) will be heading onto the steeper slopes of Aisholt Common with a mixture of fast and less fast open, runnable and less runnable woods and other interesting terrain.

Re-wilding means the vegetation is constantly changing on Quantocks - the map has been updated especially to highlight more prickly moorland vegetation and where the ferns (thankfully dying back) reduce run-ability.

Please note:

There is a steep sided gulley and a steep re-entrant in the event area. Neither is a good route choice and should be avoided.

Please be extra vigilant if passing through an area containing pits (marked on the map) - most are shallow but should be avoided.

Ponies, and occasionally cattle/ sheep present in course area. Participants advised to give a wide berth when nearby.

To the North West of the event area there is a quarry that is fenced and marked as OOB. Junior courses do not go near it and whilst some Senior courses are in the vicinity, the fencing is sufficient to prevent accidental entry. There are no fences that need to be crossed on any course.

Entry Details

ClassPre-entryLate / On the day entry
Senior £10£12
Senior Novice £5£6
Junior £5£6
Group £7 £9
  • Junior - anyone 21 years or younger at the time of the event, regardless of the course they are running.
  • Senior novice - an adult running White, Yellow or Orange.
  • Group - all going round a course together, two maps provided.

A standard SI dibber can be hired for free (or £2 for a contactless SIAC dibber). Failure to return it will incur the cost of a replacement (£30 for SI, £60 for SIAC).

Please note that if you enter on the day you run the risk that we have run out of maps for your preferred course.

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

Registration from: 10:00

Start times from: 11:00 to 13:30 (13:00 for Brown, Blue and Green)

Helpers will hopefully be able to get out early - from about 10.30 am - the exact time will depend on how things go in the morning.

Courses close: 14:30

There will be one start lane for all courses.

First aid will be at registration / assembly.

Followed taped route to the start and taped route from finish to download. A car park must be crossed to reach the competition area from the parking field - juniors must be accompanied and please take care.

Dog restrictions

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome


Please dress according to the weather – waterproof may be compulsory as the hilltop is exposed.

Whistles are required and will be checked at the start.

leg covering yes
waterproofs depends on weather
whistle yes
U16 accompanied by responsible adult no
reflective clothing required no
headtorch required no

Be tick aware: check for ticks on your body after the event and ensure any are removed safely. Be aware of what to look out for, e.g. circular or bulls-eye rashes, and what to do: More information about ticks.

Change Log

  • 04/12/23 - Tweaked last start times for longer courses
  • 30/11/23 - Provisional event and course details

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Phil Sorrell 07813 037087

Controller: Chris Kelsey (BOK)

Organiser: Ollie Rant 07514 084619

Photo Gallery

Triscombe Img 9542B

Triscombe Img 9542B
Credit: Jim Nickolls

Triscombe Sep 16

Triscombe Sep 16
Credit: Jim Nickolls

Triscombe Stone, Sep 16 Bok

Triscombe Stone, Sep 16 Bok
Credit: Jim Nickolls

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