Dob Park – Sunday 11th April


British Orienteering

Thank you John Birtwistle (organiser) and Liz Potterton (planner)

Final Event Details

Since most people asked for an early start we have brought the first start forward to 10.20 to fit everyone in nearest their requested time.  Please make every effort to get to the start for your assigned start block.

Start List

Sunday morning update: –  The weather is being kind to us.    The early birds (John and Liz) report that it is sunny and beautiful in the woods.  See you all soon.

SNOW!  Update Saturday evening:  there is slight risk of snow overnight making the access road dangerous.  Please check here after about 8.30.


Participants must not attend Dob Park if they or a member of their household has Covid 19 Symptoms or if they have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Participants are required to be familiar with and follow the BO Participant Code of Conduct –events February 2021.  A copy will be displayed in the car park , near Download and at the Start.

Competitors should go directly to the Start which is circa 400m from the car park. Please make every effort to arrive at your allocated start window at the appropriate time only and follow instructions from the Start Team .

Remember to observe the 2 m distance rule at controls, move quickly away from control sites and give way to any public users.

Please avoid touching controls when punching.

The Finish is adjacent to the car park from where participants should proceed immediately to Download, observe the queuing system ,retrieve a results print-out and disperse (competitors will not be required to wear facemasks).

Results will not be displayed on the day but will available on the CLARO website within 24 hours.


LOCATION Dob Park Road
LS21 2NA
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 53.945513, -1.702738
LINKS Streetmap
OS GRID REFERENCE SE 196 499 (Parking)
SE 195 492 (Road junction)

DIRECTIONS: The area is approximately 3 miles north of Otley. You should approach from the South/West via Dob Park Road, which is a north turn off the Askwith Moor Road (between Otley and the A59 at Blubberhouses). It will be signed from the turn at Grid reference SE 195 492.
Do not attempt to approach from the North East (via a rough track and ford) even if your satnav suggests this.
The minor road (Dob Park Road) down from the signed junction is single track.

Start times will be assigned after pre-entry.
Starts:10:30 am – 12:00 pm  (We may change the last start time depending on the number of entries).
Courses close: 1:30 pm

ENTRIES: Please use the Google Form.  Entries close Monday 5th April. No EOD!

Payment preferably by bank transfer to the following account:
Account Name: Claro Orienteering Club BIA
Sort code: 30 93 91
Account No: 00419604
Reference: Dob Park and Surname

We will have a card machine available on the day for card payments or you can pay by cash but no change will be given.  Apologies for the regional event level fees but we need to cover land use and toilet hire costs.

  • Short Green and above: Senior £8, Juniors and full time students £3
  • Orange, Long Orange: £3
  • Maximum family entry charge: £18
  • SI dibber hire: Senior £1 , Juniors and full time students 50p

ELECTRONIC PUNCHING. SportIdent (SI) punching will be used for all courses. Hire dibbers will be available. Controls will be enabled for SIAC touch-free punching.


Orange: 2.3k, 75m climb, 11 controls

Long orange: 3.7k, 100m climb, 17 controls  (suitable for adult novices)

Short green: 2.7k 75m climb, 12 controls

Short blue: 4.0k, 125m climb, 19 controls

TERRAIN: The area is a detailed mixed forest with some steep slopes and scattered rocks. It is mostly runnable with some fine contour detail. Several areas of conifer have been felled and are being replanted – they are fairly well cleared and runnable. The area is currently very wet and courses have been changed to avoid the worst bog.

MAP: 1:7,500 scale with 5m contours for all courses; printed on waterproof paper

START: The start is about 400m along a good track.

FINISH: The finish is adjascent to the car park.

COMPETITOR INFORMATION: The area is very wet and steep in places and can be slippery. There are some rocky areas. The uncrossable marsh marked at the south-west end of the wood is just that – the courses avoid it.

Please note that the in some places the holly and rhododendron bushes and marshes are more extensive than shown on the map.
All courses cross the farm access road with very little traffic. There is one crossing point which is not manned.

FACILITIES: A portable toilet will be provided. Drinking water will not be provided, please bring your own.

DOGS: No dogs, please. The local farmers are very insistent on this.

SAFETY: A comprehensive risk assessment will be carried out by the organiser, but competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. All competitors who start must report to download even if they retire. Whistles and full leg cover are compulsory. Waterproof jackets may be compulsory in the case of bad weather. In the unlikely event of cancellation, details will be posted on the Claro website – Information can also be obtained by phoning the organiser.
If you have a medical condition that first aiders should know about in an emergency, please contact the organiser with details before the event, or fill in a form at registration. These details will only be
used for the purposes of this event and can be collected or will otherwise be deleted/destroyed afterwards.

INSURANCE: Please note that if you are not a member of an orienteering club affiliated to British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance except if you are a newcomer to orienteering, in which case you are covered for three registered orienteering events without joining. Please ask any of our club officials for more information if you would like to join CLARO.

RESULTS: These will be posted on the Claro website
When entering our events your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports.

PHOTOGRAPHY: In accordance with the British Orienteering Policy Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, the organiser of this event requires that any person wishing to engage in any
video, zoom or close range photography should register their details with the organiser before carrying out any such photography. The organiser reserves the right to decline entry to any person unable to meet or abide by the organiser’s conditions.


Organiser: John Birtwistle (CLARO)  Tel: 01765 677099
Planner: Liz Potterton (CLARO)