Penn Woods Regional event and SCOL1

Level C

27th September 2020

Location: Penn and Common Woods, just north of High Wycombe
Nearest Postcode: HP7 0PX

Control descriptions  There will be no loose control descriptions at the event, just on the map.  If you want loose ones, please print them.

You can check your start block using the Fabian4 link above.


Sorry, but entry for this event is now full and entries are therefore closed.  You can read more about the reason for our capacity limit here.  If we have any cancellations this week, we will re-open entries to allow those places to be used.

The event will be held in a COVID-secure manner in accordance with British Orienteering’s operational guidance. It is really important that all participants abide by this guidance before, during and after competing, so please ensure you read and abide by the COVID-19 Code of Conduct.

This event is pre-entry only, and is restricted to British Orienteering members only.

This event will be SIAC-enabled.

Directions / Parking

The event is at Penn Street, which is signposted off the A404 between High Wycombe and Amersham, at SU924965, HP7 0QW.
Parking is at commercial premises at SU923956, adjacent to the Hit or Miss pub, Penn Street, HP7 0PX. No charge for parking – your entry fee includes a donation to a charity of the landowner’s choice.

Terrain Description

Penn Wood and Common Wood are both ancient woodlands. Penn Wood is generally flat, as is most of Common Wood but the latter does contain one steep slope. The woods are very varied with a mixture of conifer, beech and oak, and some open areas. There are many pits / depressions as a result of ancient clay and flint workings. Last used for the Chiltern Challenge in February 2019.

The Map

1:10,000 with 5m contours. Yellow to Blue courses remain in Penn Wood, size A4; only the Brown course includes the adjacent Common Wood, A3 size. The map has been updated in 2020, by Bob and Pattie Beresford.

Start Times

Sorry, but the event is now full. If we have any cancellations by 20th September, we will reopen entries at 9am on Monday 21st September.

There are two starts:
Start 1 - Brown, Blue, Yellow
Start 2 - Green, Short Green, Light Green, Orange
Course changes which involve changing Start are not permitted.
If you wish to change course to one at the same Start then please email with your request.


Yellow - 10 controls, 2.5km, 30m
Orange - 8 controls, 3.2km, 30m
Light Green - 12 controls, 3.8km, 30m
Short Green - 13 controls, 3.3km, 30m
Green - 20 controls, 4.8km, 50m
Blue - 27 controls, 6.1km, 110m
Brown - 30 Controls, 8.0km, 110m - NB no under 16s on Brown permitted because of road crossing.

How To Enter

Entry is now full. If we have any cancellations by 20th September, we will reopen entries at 9am on Monday 21st September.


Entry Cost

Pre-entries up to Sunday 20th September - Seniors £12, Juniors & Students £4.
Later entries (assuming start slots are still available) - Seniors £14, Juniors & Students £5.
Adults on Yellow and Orange £8.
SIAC hire £2. Lost SIACs charged at £65. If you have a non-SIAC SI card, we do recommend hiring a SIAC, to minimise the risk of infection from touching a control unit in the forest.


Portaloos and First Aid will be provided, but nothing else - so no cafe, no trader, not even squash. Bring your own post-run refreshment. Note that there are two decent pubs in Penn Street, if you are looking for lunch and/or a drink after your run.

In view of British Orienteering's COVID restrictions, we expect you to return to your car and to depart promptly once you have completed your run and downloaded.

Further Information

Well-behaved dogs allowed on their leads in the car park. Please clean up after your dog. TVOC’s policy is no dogs to accompany competitors on their runs.

Click here to read our policy on refunds if you have to cancel for any reason.

If we have to cancel the event we will offer a refund of the entry fee, less the admin charge we pay to Fabian4.


Organiser: Neville Baker (TVOC)    email organiser      07562 992292
Planner: Mark Thompson (TVOC)
Controller: Peter Riches (TVOC)