'Stowe is composed of very beautiful and very picturesque spots chosen to represent different kinds of scenery. The master and creator of this superb domain has also erected ruins, temples and ancient buildings, like the scenes, exhibit a magnificence which is more than human' (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
Take this unique opportunity to explore the stunning landscape gardens of National Trust Stowe, one of the most remarkable legacies of Georgian England, created by Viscount Cobham in the grounds of his family home from 1717. To make best use of the gardens and to provide an appropriate challenge this is a middle distance event.
The event will include courses suitable for everyone and beginners are welcome. We would especially like to see lots of our Keyne-O regulars coming along. Help and advice on suitable courses will be available at registration.
All courses remain within the Eastern side of the Stowe landscape gardens which contain a surprising variety of terrain including rough pastures, intricate planting, occasional patches of woodland and well manicured lawns. There are numerous follies, statues, arches, temples and columns to maintain interest. Expect fast running with rather more interest than a 'run in the park'. The main challenges are route choice and accurate navigation at speed rather than technical orienteering.
Course details subject to final controlling. The standard of the technical courses is TD3-TD4.
The map has been completely updated and is mapped to Sprint mapping standard. In particular this enables us to better represent the path network at Stowe, show more detail at 1:5000 and use much cleaner Sprint uncrossable and out of bounds symbols.
The map is A4 in size and printed on waterproof paper. The Brown course will have a double sided map. The map scale is 1:5000 for all courses.
Registration from 10:00 to 12:00. Starts from 10:30 to 12:30. Courses close 14:00.
Pre-entry is available online via Fabian4. Entry fees are £8 adults, £3 juniors and students. Entries are now open SI card hire £1. Non-BOF +£1. Late entries, from 6th to 10th August, and entries on the day +£1. EOD subject to map availability.
There is no additional charge for entry to the National Trust property though should you wish to visit the gardens following your run normal National Trust charges will apply.
Follow signs for the National Trust at Stowe. Parking will be in the National Trust car park. MK18 5EQ. There is a £2 car parking fee for those not members of the National Trust.
Registration and Download will be at New Inn, adjacent to the car park.
Start and Finish are close to the entrance to the landscape gardens which is a 1km walk from New Inn.
Organiser: Steve Hardy (SMOC)
Planner: Freya Askham (SMOC)
Controller: Peter Riches (TVOC)