Wendover Woods

Saturday Series

9th September 2023

Location: Wendover Woods
Nearest Postcode: HP22 5NQ

This event will be SIAC enabled
Maps have now been ordered, so the number of entries for each course is now capped.  We have ordered some extras so entry will remain open for as long as we still have spare maps.  So if you are thinking about coming, best to make an early decision and get your entry in soonest.  Weather for Saturday looks lovely and sunny.

Directions / Parking

Parking is in the Wendover Woods car park. Note that charges apply, basically £2 per hour. Once you enter the main woods area through the automatic barrier you will need to pay at the machine by the café before getting in your vehicle and driving out through the exit barrier. Card/contactless payment recommended

Assembly will be South of the carpark, at what3words address ///genius.dragon.dime. Starts are approximately 150m from assembly.

Wendover railway station is on the Chiltern line between Amersham and Aylesbury and has 1 train an hour on Saturdays it is is approx. 3km away. There are busses from Aylesbury to Wendover every 30 minutes.

Terrain Description

Fast runnable woodland, with a good path network, and a mixture of typical Chiltern forest and thicker areas of managed plantation. The area is characterised by the wide re-entrant between two spurs with steep slopes.

The Map

Pre-printed at a scale of 1:10000. 5m contours

No loose control descriptions.

Start Times

THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY ON THE DAY. You must pre-enter, via SIEntries - see link at the top of this page.

Starts will be from 10.15 to 11.45am. The Start and Finish are south of the carpark.

IMPORTANT: Courses close at 1pm. You must report to the download tent by 1pm latest, even if you retire or have not finished. The controls will be collected from 1pm onwards.


Please note the climb when choosing a course.
YELLOW: 2.0km, 8 controls, ca 55m climb. Suitable for juniors with some experience or for supervised newcomers, and for family groups.
ORANGE: 3.0km, 9 controls, ca 150m climb. Suitable for adult beginners and experienced juniors.
RED: 4.6km (expect to run more than 5km), 16 controls, ca 175m climb. Longer, but less challenging navigationally. Ideal for runners new to orienteering. You still need to be able to read a map, but it is more like an unmarked trail race.
LIGHT GREEN: 3.9km, 11 controls, ca 170m climb. More challenging; for improvers and those with a bit of experience. Most controls away from paths and more route choices.
GREEN: 4.7km, 15 controls, ca 175m climb. Most challenging. Only for those with experience at orienteering. More navigation.


Control descriptions will be on the map only.

If you're a runner trying orienteering for the first time, the Red course is ideal - you will probably run 5km doing it; if that is too much, then Orange might be more suitable.
For family groups, we recommend the Orange course, or Yellow if you want something shorter.
For juniors, Yellow is a good course, though juniors new to the sport should be accompanied.

Course lengths are straight line distances between the control points. You can expect to run at least 20% more than the stated distances!

The THAMES VALLEY JUNIOR ORIENTEERING LEAGUE runs in conjunction with TVOC’s Saturday Series. Any junior aged 18 or under who enters this event as an individual and who successfully completes a course on their own (or in a junior pair on the Yellow course only, or who is shadowed by a parent/carer on the Yellow or Orange courses only) will be automatically included in the Junior League standings. Please note that any junior who enters and participates as part of a family group, or other group, will not be eligible for the Junior League. More League details and full rules can be found at https://tvoc.org.uk/junior-league/

How To Enter

Pre-entry only through SIEntries. There will be no entry on the day, and permission limits entry numbers.

You don't have to be a member of an orienteering club to enter this event.

Small family or other groups are welcome, but please enter only the Yellow, Orange or Red courses. You just need a single entry. Enter as a Senior. If you enter as a group, SiEntries will ask you for the name of your group to appear in results - eg Jones family.

Entry Cost

Pre-entries available right through to the day of the event. Note that maps have been order from the printers so entries are subject to maps still being available
- Red, Light Green and Green - BOF members £7, non-members and family groups £9, Juniors & Students £3
- Yellow and Orange - BOF members £6, non-members and family groups £8, Juniors & Students £3
Timing chip hire £1 (essential if you do not own one). Lost timing chips charged at £65.


Toilets available in the visitor centre.

Café offering a wide range of hot and cold food and drinks.

Further Information

Junior League
More detailed information about the Junior League that runs in conjunction with the Saturday Series can be found here.


Organiser: Heidi Lloyd    email organiser      07740 600144
Planner: Heidi Lloyd
Controller: Mark Thompson TVOC


TVOC members, PLEASE sign up to help.