Monday 31st July 2023

Today is a middle distance event

Darnaway West was last used for a major event in 2015 when it hosted the WOC relay and day 4 of Highland 2015.

The area will be a delight to compete on – it is varied with many broadleaf areas (mainly beech) and a varying density of conifers (some regrowth which is thick and some well spaced pine). Underfoot varies as well from reasonably clean forest floor through to short grass, long grass and then heather and bilberry.

There is excellent contour detail – a myriad of knolls and depressions – with some paths, tracks and roads crossing the area.

Photo © valenta (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Day 2 is a middle distance event which brings you to an area last used for Highland 2015 and the WOC Relay.  With kind permission of The Earl of Moray and Darnaway Estates we are avoiding the Capercaillie restrictions and heading to the north western portion of Darnaway Forest.

Darnaway West is an area of runnable beech and open woodland, full of contour features and with an extensive path network and clay pigeon and archery ranges (not in use on our day!)

Location


Gallery

A selection of images from the race area…

Image Caption: Darnaway map extract

Image Caption: Darnaway Forest cc-by-sa/2.0 - © valenta - geograph.org.uk/p/6143326

Image Caption: Darnaway map extract

Preliminary Details

Thanks to the landowners who have made today’s event possible…

Moray Estates, Berryley

Important Information

Organising clubs
Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) supported by Loch Eck Orienteers (ECKO)
Organisers
Jonathan Molloy (FVO) & Rona Molloy (FVO)
Planners
Fraser Purves (FVO) & Finlo Cottier (ECKO)
Controllers
Lynne Walker (BASOC) & Ross Lilley (ECKO)
Maps
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Terrain
Runnable beech and open woodland
Arena
Field adjacent to Darnaway Forest/ C10E/C11E unclassified roads to Conicavel
Traffic Directions
Follow the A96 west towards Nairn out of Forres. After 2.4 miles turn left onto an unclassified road (Whitemire / Conicavel). After 0.8 miles turn right onto an unclassified road (Whitemire / Conicavel). After 1 mile at junction continue into parking field as directed.
Dogs
Dogs are permitted in the parking areas and arena provided they are under control, on a lead and cleared up after.
BOF Registration Number: 81095

Estimated Course Lengths

Course Class Length (km) Climb (m) Start
1 M10B W10B 1.0 30 White
2 M10A M12B W10A W12B 1.4 35 White
3 W12A W14B 2.2 55 White
4 M12A M14B 2.0 40 White
5 W75S W85 2.2 50 White
6 M85 W70S W80 2.4 50 White
7 M75S M80 W65S W75L 2.7 55 White
8 White 1.0 30 White
9 Yellow 1.4 35 White
10 Orange 2.2 55 White
14 Light Green 2.8 65 Green
15 Green 3.5 70 Green
16 W14A W16B 2.8 65 Green
17 M14A M16B 2.9 60 Green
18 M70S W55S W60S W70L 3.0 60 Green
19 M65S W50S 3.1 65 Green
20 M75L W45S W65L 3.2 65 Green
21 M60S W40S 3.3 70 Green
22 W18S W20S W35S 3.4 70 Green
23 M55S W60L 3.4 70 Blue
24 M70L W55L 3.5 75 Blue
25 M18S W16A W21S 3.6 75 Blue
26 M50S 3.7 75 Blue
27 M45S W50L 3.8 80 Blue
28 M40S M65L 3.9 90 Blue
29 M20S M35S W45L 4.0 85 Blue
30 M60L W40L 4.1 85 Blue
31 M21S W18L W20L W35L 4.2 90 Blue
34 M16A W21L 4.3 90 Red
35 M55L 4.3 90 Red
36 M18L M50L 4.4 90 Red
37 M45L 4.4 95 Red
38 M40L 4.5 95 Red
39 M20L M21L M35L 4.6 95 Red
40 W21E 5.0 110 Red
41 M21E 6.0 125 Red