Event Areas

Area Notes
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; updated 2017
Location: TL 864623
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
Nowton Park Location: TL 864623
Nowton Park Location: TL 864623
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:

Rendlesham Forest: Daisy's Wood & 100 Acre Walks , , ,

Rendlesham Forest: Daisy's Wood & 100 Acre Walks

The north-western part of Rendlesham Forest - an area of coniferous and deciduous blocks of trees of various ages on either side of a small, rather marshy valley. The map has now been extended to the younger conifer plantations south of the B1084 to allow for the easier design of longer courses, though the area may need to be rested through a period of intense forestry management. This section of the map could be further extended to the west, to include an intricate area around the abandoned rifle butts.


Map information: Scale 1:10,000, revised 2019
TM 345503
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
Rendlesham Forest: Tangham

Rendlesham Forest: Tangham

The southern part of Rendlesham Forest, made famous by the UFO (Unidentified Flying Orienteer?) visitation in 1980. An area of typical East Anglian forest with coniferous blocks of various ages on either side of the valley of The Tang. The size of the area, point feature detail and variety and increasing "runnability" of vegetation makes the area suited to most events. Significant first cut harvesting has occurred during its 7 year “rest period”, and some significant wind damage occurred during the October storms of 2013, hence the recent remapping exercise. A permanent course has been set up and is actively maintained, in conjunction with the Forestry Commission.

Map information: Scale 1:10,000; Spring 2014
Location: TM 354484
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
Royal Hospital School

The private grounds of the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook have been mapped by the club; the use for orienteering is strictly by permission of the school.


The school is set in 200 acres of countryside overlooking the River Stour. The grounds include parkland, woodland, shrubberies and complex areas of school buildings and sports facilities and offers good opportunities for sprint style courses and training events.

Location: TM165353