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Martinshaw Woods - Ratby

RegionEast Midlands
ClubLeicestershire Orienteering Club
Nearest townLeicester
PostcodeLE6 0LQ
Carpark locationWoodland Trust Car park on Markfield Road

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The area will be used for the National Junior night/Day relays 11th September 2016 and juniors intending to run should avoid using the area until then.

The courses were initially installed by the owners: Woodland Trust website

Groups should obtain permission from the Woodland Trust. The Trust expects you to complete a risk assessment and to take care of the woodland.

 

Terrain: The extensive path network makes it suitable for beginners.  The coniferous woodland is being removed and replaced by native Deciduous trees, so there can be quite a lot of brambles on cross country routes.

The main area is split in two by the M1. It's fairly flat but there are some small water features.

Score: A 45 minute Score course is where you choose your own route to find as many as you can in 45 minutes. (The British Schools Score Championship time limit).

Leicestershire younger Junior Orienteers meet at Groby Community College most Mondays in term time to train. They use these woods for practising.

There are further courses in Groby and in the West of Ratby Woodlands on Burroughs Lane (Including a Blue course).

Safety: Do not walk on any Log piles left from forestry workings.

There are road crossings on the Green course. The road has a 60mph speed limit.

For further information and known issues relating to controls, please see the Leicestershire Orienteering Club website

Map updated

Winter 2015

Courses

Course

Controls

Length
(km)

Difficulty

Estimated
Time (mins)

Start

White

8

1.2

Beginner children probably followed by parents

10-25

Ratby

White

12

2.0

 

 

Groby

Yellow

8

1.8

Child with some experience

15-35

Ratby

Yellow 1

9

2.3

 

 

Ratby

Yellow 2

11

2.8

 

 

Ratby

Yellow

10

2.5

 

 

Groby

Orange

12

3.5

Adult beginner confident junior

25-50

Ratby

Orange

12

3.2

Adult beginner confident junior

25-50

Groby

Light Green

16

3.9

Confident Adult experienced Junior

30-70

Ratby

Light Green

16

3.7

 

30-70

Groby

Light Green (international symbols)

16

3.7

 

30-70

Groby

Green

13

3.7

Confident Adult experienced Junior

40-80

Ratby

Score

20

 

Adult or children

Some controls are too hard for beginners

45

Ratby

Score

20

 

 

45

Groby

Lengths of courses shown are in straight lines between controls, and the estimate of times are for someone running to someone walking. Both will vary depending on your route choice and ability.

 

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