Event Areas

The main areas mapped for our events are listed below

The club has also produced a number of maps for public and private organisations which you can find out more about here 

Area Notes
Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

A small area of parkland adjacent to the cathedral in central Bury St Edmunds and containing gardens, play areas and a wealth of ancient ruins.


The area is suitable for smaller fixtures, such as our Park-O events, and is used as a starting point and for the shorter off-road courses for the Bury St. Edmunds Urban events.


Further information about the gardens can be found here.

Location: TL 857643
Alton Water

A narrow strip of woodland and open grassland along the southern shore of Alton Water, a reservoir between Ipswich and Manningtree. 


The area contains sufficient paths and detail for a summer evening event.

Location: TM 139364
Barnham Cross, Thetford

This newly-mapped area covers SE Thetford and a section of Barnham Cross Common to the west of the A134. The urban area is primarily dense estate housing broken up by numerous alleyways and areas of green space. The small size of the blocks of housing and their irregular pattern make for an abundance of map detail and lots of navigational decision points. The adjacent common is made up of a combination of open areas, scattered bushes and small copses which provide a contrasting navigational challenge.

Suitable for smaller events.

Location: TL 867817
Beccles Common

The common is a mix of open grassland (with a section used as a simple golf course) with scrub and surrounding woodland. The railway station is close by, with "The Avenue" providing a convenient link to the Common.


Suitable for small training events and activities.

Location: TM 428904
Belstead Valley

A combination of small patches of wood and grassland with footpaths, giving a long but rather narrow area along the line of Belstead Brook to the south of Ipswich. Adjoins the Bourne Park map.


Suitable for smaller events.

Location: TM 128420
Bourne Park

An area of formal parkland with footpaths to adjacent patches of woodland and marsh along the east end of Belstead Brook to the south of Ipswich. Adjoins the Belstead Valley map.


Suitable for smaller events.

Location: TM 151420

A combination of the paths over the water meadows alongside the River Gipping west of Ipswich, a small but very complex (and steep) piece of woodland and the paths and streets of Bramford village.


Suitable for smaller events.

Location: TM 128465
Broom Hill & The Dales

This map brings together four small but varied and interesting areas of park and woodland linked by residential roads and paths on the NW side of Ipswich. The map includes the old and sadly disused Broomhill lido. It is suitable for smaller events.


Broomhill itself is nicely contoured with a mix of open and wooded terrain. The Dales is a recreational area created from an old brick quarry with complex contouring, steep in places, small ponds, and mixed runnable and thicker vegetation. Also included is a strip of park and woodland across the main Valley Road from Broomhill, and Sherrington Park, a recreation ground which provides a link between Broom Hill and The Dales.

Location: TM 154459
Bury St Edmunds

The historic market town of Bury St Edmunds has plenty of variety for urban orienteering: the older town centre with its market square contrasting with the modern 'The Arc' shopping centre, the Abbey Gardens & ruins of the original abbey alongside St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the interconnecting streets, alleys & pathways, the residential & industrial estates - and with the rivers Lark & Linnet weaving through the centre.


Location: TL855640
Chantry Park

Chantry Park is a large municipal park in the grounds of an old estate on the western edge of Ipswich. It contains a mixture of parkland with mature trees, water features, formal gardens and woodland with much vegetation detail. The variety of features, plus its accessibility, makes it ideal for smaller fixtures such as our Summer Series and social events, plus our Sport England-sponsored Ipswich-O events.


A brand-new map of Chantry Park was first used in 2022 for a social event; the earlier map also covered the smaller, but well-contoured, Gippeswyk Park on the other side of the A1214 and this is shown in some of the Routegadget maps listed below.

Location: TM137437