Event Areas

Area Notes
Kenton & Goose Hills

A long, low, scarp covered with coniferous woodlands of various ages lying behind (and owned by) Sizewell Power Station. The area is just large enough, and with sufficient detail, to support a modest colour-coded event.


A permanent orienteering course (POC) created by the county council 20 years ago is still mainly intact and usable.

Map information: Scale 1:7,500; Spring 2009
Location: TM 454637
Kesgrave: Grange Farm

This is an urban map of a typical, very flat, suburban housing estate at Kesgave. It has a good off-road path network and several public open spaces.


Suitable for smaller events.

Map information: Scale 1:5,000; Winter 2013
Location: TM 219453
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
Knettishall Heath , ,

Knettishall Heath is one of the club’s longest standing and most popular areas and has staged many colour-coded events. It contains an interesting variety of "runnable" mixed woodland and open heathlands sloping down to the River Ouse between Diss and Thetford. There is plenty of vegetation detail, numerous point features and a good path network. 


After many year under local authority care the area is now owned by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, who have expanded the Heath further south across the old waste dump and are taking a more pro-active approach to management. Information about the reserve can be found here.

Map information: Scale 1:10000, Winter 2014/5
Location: TL 956806
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
Martlesham Heath

An area of heathland and woods around the “new” village of Martlesham Heath. It has several brown-mapped features dating from the area's use as a military airfield and many paths ducking in and out of the mini-housing estates. A modest extension has been added over Dobbs Lane, through additional woodland with paths and the remains of old military installations.


Suitable for smaller events.

Map information: Scale 1:7,500; Spring 2013
Location: TM 244452
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
Moreton Hall Estate

This is a residential estate to the east of the A14 in Bury St Edmunds. It contains the usual suburban mix of quiet roads, paths, cycle tracks and small open spaces and has the commercial area at its southern edge. The map currently in use has been derived from Open Orienteering.

Suitable for smaller events.

Location: TL 873641
Needham Market , ,

This area contains a small country park centred on the River Gipping and adjacent water-filled gravel pits, together with nearby pastures and low chalk downland. There is a good network of paths and much vegetation detail. The map has been extended to include the streets of the town on both sides of the High Street. The country park has a permanent course planned for use by school children.


Suitable for smaller events.


Details of Needham Lake Country Park - including links to maps for the permanent orienteering course - can be found here.

Map information: Scale 1:6,000, Winter 2014/5
Location: TM 094546
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
Nowton Park , , ,

This is a large local authority park to the SE of Bury St Edmunds comprising of deciduous woodlands and areas of grassland, dotted with several ponds and other point features.


Suitable for smaller events.


Details of the visitor facilities can be found here.

Map information: Scale 1:6,000; Spring 2013
Location: TL 864623
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
Orwell Country Park , ,

This is an attractive council-managed country park covering three patches of mixed woodland (Bridge Wood (which has a permanent course), Brazier’s Wood and Piper’s Vale) on slopes leading down to the River Orwell, SE of Ipswich. There is much contour and vegetation detail, and opportunities to run along the foreshore – tide permitting. The map has been further extended by the inclusion of a patch of housing - the Ravenswood estate.


Suitable for smaller events.

Map information: Scale 1:10,000, Summer 2013
Location: TM 186405
Recent Event Maps: Piper's Vale & Braziers Wood
Bridge Wood
Purdis Heath

This area, to the east of Ipswich, is a small patch of heather and gorse heathland, with additional interest provided by the many pits and trenches originating from its use as a training area during WW1.


Suitable for smaller events.


Map information: Scale 1:5,000; Summer 2008
Location: TM 213422
Rendlesham Forest

Rendlesham Forest

A very large (12 square km) Forestry Commission coniferous plantation to the east of Woodbridge. The area includes Tangham, which was the subject of the club’s very first “re-drawn” orienteering map (1972). Whilst generally flat, contrast is provided by variations in the runnability of the forest blocks and by two valleys that cut into the area.


 Currently developed into two maps: