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Kings Cliff Woods


Sun 16 Oct

Near: North Petherton
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race

A steep-sided valley in the woods at the south-eastern tip of The Quantocks.

Updated with planner and organiser comments!


Results and Splits
League Tables

Comments from planner Andy Rimes:

Thanks to all for coming out and braving the significant ascents and descents of King’scliff. We’ve not used the woods for a few years now but I hope you’ll agree they were at their best after a long dry summer especially under the warm sunny skies yesterday- in particular the open beech woods on the North of the valley were delightfully free of any undergrowth and provided fine running and navigation.

I do apologise for the amount of climbing involved on all courses- this is somewhat unavoidable in a steep sided valley of limited size whilst still producing courses of sufficient length- as it was, my overambitious initial courses proved far too long and testing so were seriously curtailed to offset the climbing involved. I think you will all agree they were challenging enough on the day.

During lockdown and since then a significant amount of track and jumps development has occurred by the local MTB fraternity, whether authorised or not we cannot determine. This has included significant use of established footpaths which they are not technically allowed on. The work is still ongoing and frequently changing so I made the decision not to add details to the map but to simply avoid many controls within the main area of this work and just pass the longer courses through it- Junior courses were completely re-planned to use the north of the valley to avoid potential clashes/accidents.

The map is significantly out of date and inaccurate in many parts so I selected control sites that were positively identifiable on the ground. The available lidar coverage data for the area has greatly improved recently which has enabled the decision by me to completely re-map the area based on lidar contours to improve the fine detail. This work will be completed during this winter and hopefully we will re-visit again sometime soon to try it out in anger.

I was also challenged by technical gremlins on the day with our computing equipment so could not personally assist with the extrication and further help to Mike of Wimborne after a serious slip and injury. Many thanks for all who forfeited runs to help him. In particular, thanks to Richie of Devon, our own Mike, and in particular Roger and Judy who drove both Mike and his vehicle all the way home that afternoon. All at QO wish him well and hope he has a speedy recovery.

Comments from organiser Ollie Rant:

This was the first QOFL I have organised from start to finish, so thank you to all for being patient whilst we ironed out any hiccups. I would like to say a big thank you to those who volunteered to help out on the day, these events would not happen without you! A special thanks goes out to Roger and Judy for driving an injured competitor home to Dorset!

We had perfect conditions for orienteering, and the rain held off until we managed to finish packing up as well.
Andy and Rosie did a fabulous job of planning the courses to make full use of quite a small area. I was able to get out and jog around the blue course at the end. There was a nice mix of technical navigation and some faster path sections and of course plenty of elevation gain. Any comments on how you think we could improve these events or just any general comments would be welcomed on our forum. We hope to see you all at the next event!

Forest League 2022/23 Series Info

Local events 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.

Events list for Forest League 2022-23

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 is on the side of the forest road at bottom of the valley - view the entrance point on Google Maps. Please follow marshall's instructions.

Please do not park on the side of the road or in the car park at the top as this is reserved for non-orienteering members of the public.

Course Information

Height Gain
Light Green3.2km115m
Short Green3.1km135m

Entry Details

Pre-entry closes on 14 October 2022.

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


Senior £9
Senior Novice £5
Junior £3
Group £13
  • 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 or Yellow.
  • Group - all going round a course together, two maps provided - please contact us to arrange if wanting to pre-enter a group.

An SI dibber can be hired for £1. Failure to return it will incur the cost of a replacement (£30).

If you are a helper at this event, please contact the organiser for the discount code.

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.

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Registration & Start Times

Start opens: 11:00 (10:30 for helpers)

Start closes: 13:00

Courses close: 15:00

Registration location TBC

Terrain Description

The terrain is mostly a steep-sided wooded valley, so all courses have significant amounts of climb. The area is also used by mountain bikers, so care is needed.


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

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Andy Rimes

Controller: Rosie Wych

Organiser: Ollie Rant

Photo Gallery

Kings Cliff Leaves

Kings Cliff Leaves

Kings Cliff Start

Kings Cliff Start

Richard S showing a clean(?) pair of heels in the mud

Richard S showing a clean(?) pair of heels in the mud

Path, Kingscliff

Path, Kingscliff
Credit: Ken Grainger

Important Event Information

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