National Trust Stowe Middle Distance

Sunday 25 October 2020

National Trust Stowe Middle Distance

Sunday 25 October 2020

This event is now FULL as we have reached the maximum number of entries.

This event will be run under British Orienteering COVID-19 guidelines.

Printable final details are here.

The Start List, including your 15-minute start block, is here.

In order to make the event as Covid secure as possible we will NOT provide loose Control Descriptions at the event. Control Descriptions will be printed on the map and can be downloaded here. We will not have back up supplies at the event.


Before entering, please read the current version of the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.

You should NOT attend this or any orienteering event:

We also advise competitors who fit within the higher at risk groups to take particular care, and to make decisions on attendance with due consideration to the risks associated with COVID-19.


This event is pre-entry only. It is open only to current members of British Orienteering. Enter via Fabian4.

Entry fees are 10 for adults and 5 for juniors.

Total entries are limited to 220. Entries will close on 21st October.


A full range of courses are available: Brown, Blue, Green, Short Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow and White. We will be operating two starts that will be close together.

Location and Parking

The event start and finish areas are at the north end of Stowe Gardens. Please note that entrance to the event is not via the standard National Trust entrance on Stowe Avenue. Instead, access to the event is via the entrance to Stowe School on Ouse Valley Way. Please note that you will need to pass through security. Nearest postcode: MK18 5EH Streetmap

The what3words location is: truffles.secret.carting

Parking will be along the Ouse Valley Way. Marshals will be on hand to provide directions.

Arrival and leaving

In order to limit contact, and to avoid having too many people congregating, we are asking competitors to only leave the car park and enter the competition area when they are ready to join their start block. The start is very close to the end of the car park (less than a minute to walk).

Dibbers that have been hired will be pre-bagged and available for collection at the end of the car park near the entrance point to the gardens.

Download will be in the Temple of Concord & Victory. There will be NO key drop or clothing dump.


Start times will be between 10am and 12:45pm, with runners allocated to 15 minute starting blocks.

Courses close at 2:30pm. As always, don't forget to download, even if you retire

Controls and Map

Electronic (SI) controls will be used and will be SIAC enabled. The start will not be SIAC enabled and will be a punching start. SI cards (Non-SIAC) will be available to hire for those who don't have their own dibbers. If you do wish to hire an SI card please indicate this when you enter.

Maps: 1:5000 scale.

Control Descriptions can be downloaded here. Control Descriptions will be printed on the map but there will be no loose descriptions at the event.


Orienteering at National Trust Stowe provides an opportunity to compete in the extensive grounds of a classic Georgian landscape garden and park. However, please note that as the grounds are entirely constructed by human hand, competitors should expect a fast course with which is predominantly open land and with a lower level of technical difficulty than a traditional event.


Please ensure you follow the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct. In particular, you must observe social distancing, both from other orienteers and the general public. Please take extra care to be courteous to members of the public at all times.


No results will be displayed at the event but will be available online as soon as possible after the event.

Other Information

Toilets will be available behind download.

Dog rules: well-behaved dogs are welcome. In line with the National Trust's requirements, please keep them on leads at all times.

Extreme weather

In case of extreme weather on the day of the event please check the event is still on at

Future Events

Our next local event will be on 11 October at Linford Wood.


Organiser: Rob Askham

Planner: Debbie Charlton

Controller: Dorien James (SMOC)