Permanent Orienteering Courses

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Wendover Woods (F.C.)

RegionSouth Central
ClubThames Valley Orienteering Club
Nearest townWendover
PostcodeHP22 5NF
Carpark locationSee directions above

Available Maps

Wendover Permanent Orienteering Course
Regular orienteers should note that this area is hosting the British Middle Distance Championships in October 2017, and is embargoed to anyone intended to take part.
Travel Directions
From the B4009 (formerly the A4011), two miles north of Wendover and two miles west of Tring, turn southeast up the minor road sign-posted ‘St Leonards’. Car access to the Forestry Commission road is in 300m. Follow brown signs for Wendover Woods. Pay car-parking fee at pay and display machine. Continue along the forestry road for about a mile, to the main car park (grid reference SP 889090). There is also a car park about 100m from the junction of the forestry road with the road to St Leonards (grid reference SP 897082).
Where to start
The start is about 100m south east of the cafe, and sign-posted from the main car park. The start is shown on the map by a purple triangle and on the ground by a wooden notice surrounded by benches. 
The Controls
The centre of each purple circle on the map shows the position on the ground of one of the controls. The controls are numbered posts about one meter high, marked with a red and white square. The aim is to find these and copy the code letter from each post into the appropriate box of the ‘control card’ on the back of the map, shown opposite, as proof of your visit. 
The Courses
You are free to visit as many or as few controls as you wish, in any order, but you may find it more interesting to try one of the suggested courses below. 
Note: this is a working forest and changes are to be expected within the life of the map. These are unlikely to cause major difficulty on any of the courses, but keep clear of any forestry operations for your personal safety.
The Map 
The map tries to describe the runnability through the forest. Fast runnable areas are shown as white; shades of green represents varying levels of runnability, with light green faster than dark green.  Green stripes usually mean brambles. Dark green, medium green or close spaced green stripes are bad - avoid these areas. Orange reflects open or rough open. Do have a good look at the legend on the side of the map to see what the symbols and colours represent. 
Suggested Courses (measured distances return to the Start). 
Course A    1, 2, 3, 4, 5            2km    Easy
Course B    1, 2, 9, 8, 3, 5            4km    Steep but technically easy.
Course C    4, 20, 18, 12, 7, 5        4km    Boddington Hill, moderate.
Course D    6, 14, 15, 13, 16 17        4km    Aston Hill, moderate.
Course E    5, 10, 11, 7, 19, 12, 14, 17     3km    More challenging.
Course F    All controls in any order        6km    For the real enthusiast.
Further Information
When members of the public are permitted to enter Forestry Commission land and buildings, they do so entirely at their own risk and on condition that they will have no claim whatsoever against the Forestry Commission for any loss, damage or injury suffered or caused.
Youth group leaders and others wishing to arrange competitions or group exercises should contact the Forestry Commission office, telephone Wendover (01296) 625825.

Maps Available From

A free map is available to download above. Maps are available from the Forest Office, Aston Clinton, Wendover Tel: 01296 625825, Tourist Information Centre, Wendover Tel: 01296 696759 and the Café in the Woods adjacent to the main car park in the middle of the woods. Cost per map is £1.50

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience
  • Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers