Glen Feardar

Level C

Sun 26th Jun 2016

Type of event: District-(C)
Type of terrain: Forest
Info updated: 27th Jun


Please note no dogs allowed at Glen Feardar.  Also late information: far start is 1500m from registration, not 700m as previously posted.

Tucked away in a ‘hidden valley’ just four kilometres west of Balmoral, Glen Feardar has that classic Deeside combination of open hillside, birch woodland, mature plantation and patchy natural pine forest.   All with the added bonus of views that become increasingly spectacular the higher your course takes you.   For those with a feeling for history, you may also want to reflect on the numerous stony ruins as you run through the many deserted crofting townships that are scattered through this once densely populated but now totally uninhabited area.   More probably, you will be wrestling with the challenge of working out which of the many ruins has the control beside it! 

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Nearest town: Inver

Pre Event Info

Directions / Parking

The event will be signposted off the A93, 10 miles west of Ballater.   Care should be taken turning off the A93 especially travelling west as the turn off is after a bend.

Parking will be in a field about 1 mile from the A93 on a farm road then a farm track.  The track is one way so that entry is until 12:30pm and there is no exit before 12:30pm.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10:30-12:30, Starts from 11:00 - 1:00.  Courses close at 3:00pm.

Course Information

There will be two starts:  white, yellow and orange will start about 200m from the assembly; light green, green, blue and brown start 1500m away along the same track.  The finish will be beside the assembly.

Courses White to Brown:

White - 1k

Yellow - 2k

Orange - 3k

Light Green - 3k

Green - 4.5k

Blue - 5.8k

Brown - 6.7k

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

If you think that you are probably coming to the event, and have a fair idea of which course you would like to run, please email your name, BOF number and course to: , by 4pm on Saturday 25th June.

To help us filter the emails, please put EEE in the subject line for the email.
For those who send in an early email entry, you just come to registration at the event, pay for your run and pick up a timing brikke. (There is no need to complete an entry slip.) A map will be reserved for you up till 12 noon on Sunday.

Please note that this is not a full Pre-entry. It's entirely on a "no obligation" basis and no charge will be made if you cannot come to the event. No money is being taken in advance. This is simply a way of simplifying and speeding up the process of runner registration.

If you choose not to EEE, you can still register and enter in the standard way on Sunday morning.

Senior Non-BOF member £7

Senior BOF member £5, Junior BOF member £2.50


There will be no toilets at the event.  Nearest toilets at Crathie visitor centre beside Balmoral castle.

Dogs allowed?

No dogs allowed.

Contacts / Officials

Planner:- Peter Craig

Organiser:- Fran Getliff

Controller:- Paul Duley (Gramp)

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
Participants in orienteering should be aware of the risk of tick bites - more information here.

SPORTident timing will be used

Please note that a lost hire SI-Card will be charged for at a rate of £30, unless the Club Commitee agrees that there are special circumstances.


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