Event Areas

Area Notes
Rushmere Heath

An area of gorse heathland and scattered woodland on the eastern outskirts of Ipswich. It is open-access common land and has previously been farmland, a drill area for the army and a decoy target for Nazi bombers.


As a golf course uses parts of the Heath it is only really suitable for training exercises.

Map information: Scale 1:5,000; Summer 2012
Location: TM 198451
Shrubland Park

A private estate NW of Ipswich and featuring a long ridge covered by working mixed woodland to north, some formal gardens in the centre and an area of open parkland to south, all with a good path network and contour features.


Many events have been staged in Shrubland Park in the past, but a change in ownership has left access in jeopardy and mineral workings along the ridge have virtually cut the wooded area in two. Sadly, an imminent return to the area is not especially likely.

Map information: Scale 1:10,000; 1999
Location: TM 120531
Sudbury Meadows

An area of low-lying meadows used for grazing cattle alongside the River Stour, with some patches of woodland and many water features (and cow pats!). It has been previously mapped by Suffolk County Council and has permanent orienteering course markers. The area is shared with SOS, who have completed a more recent revision of the map and included small parts of the town of Sudbury.


Suitable for smaller events.

Map information: Scale 1:5,000; Spring 2010
Location: TM 869413
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
Sutton Common ,

Situated E of Woodbridge, the Common combines a mixture of deciduous woodland to the west and an expanse of heather-clad heathland to the east. It is flat, and at times very windswept, but its size (at its fullest extent) and landscape variation has allowed it to stage many full-scale events in the past. It has an interesting ditch system used to prevent wartime invasion landing, and two ancient rabbit warrens.

Map information: Scale 1:10,000; Autumn 2008
Location: TM 306476
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
The King's Forest ,

A vast and very actively managed Forestry Commission coniferous plantation to the NW of Bury St Edmunds, originally mapped nearly 30 years ago in conjunction with CUOC. It contains typical East Anglia coniferous blocks dispersed with deciduous wind breaks, scattered with deep disused sand and marl pits. After a long period when access was denied an area about 18 sq km has been mapped in total. The whole of the area to the west of the B1106 has now been mapped and provides about four areas that can be used to stage events. An additional area to the east of the B1106 has been mapped and used - and is likely to be extended in the future.

Map information: Scale 1:10,000; Autumn 2014
TL 826735
Recent Event Map for NE: Routegadget
Recent Event Map for NW: Routegadget
Tunstall Forest

Tunstall Forest

A large (14 sq km) Forestry Commission coniferous plantation to NE of Woodbridge, it includes the adjoining heathlands of Tunstall and Blaxhall Commons and some patches of mixed woodland. The forest was clear-felled a few years after the original 5 colour map was produced in 1975 by EAOA / HAVOC members, but, following phased replanting, it has now reached a level of maturity suitable for the sport. Mainly flat but surprisingly physical, the area has a wealth of line and point features and a great variety of vegetation making it suitable for Level C or B events.


Currently developed into three maps:

Location: TM 390536

Tunstall Forest: Barnes Carr & The Birches

The south-eastern part of the forest - probably the best part of Tunstall as it displays good variation in its vegetation and has a wealth of point features. The path network here is denser than in the northern end of the forest (and includes an area used for motor cycle scrambling) and the area has water features not found elsewhere in Tunstall.


The Forestry Commission, however, keeps changing its management plans, causing one event to be lost already, and we are loathe to schedule a further event until they become more clear.

Map information: Scale 1:10,000; Winter 2012
Location: TM 399528
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Tunstall Forest: Central (aka Blaxhall)

The northern part of the forest - it includes the adjoining heathlands of Tunstall and Blaxhall Commons and some patches of mixed woodland. The area has limited contour detail but, with a wealth of line and point features and a great variety of vegetation, it is very suitable for most events.


Further areas, surrounding the northern part of Blaxhall Common over the very busy B1069, were mapped in 2005 but not used since the late 1970s.

Map information: Scale 1:10,000; Winter 2005
Location: TM 391549
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Tunstall Forest: Chillesford (Originally Tunstall SW)

The long, but rather narrow, south-western part of the forest. The area was clear-felled in the early nineties and has now had sufficient re-growth to support colour-coded events, especially if combined with some of the more interesting parts of Central Tunstall over the B1068.

Map information: Scale 1:15,000; Winter 2013
Location: TM 390536
Recent Event Maps: Tunstall SW
West Harling Heath , ,

West Harling is an area of Breckland to the east of Thetford & consists of a large commercial forest which dips very gradually to the River Thet on its north-western boundary. Although mainly conifer plantation, it was established earlier than many of the more well-known sections of Thetford Forest & has a slightly higher proportion of broadleaved trees, with several old pollards & avenues. Surface features include old chalk pits & tumuli, and numerous holly trees offer potential "thicket" control points.


The area is actually just in Norfolk and NOR kindly allowed us mapping rights. After its successful first use in 2010 the map has been extended eastwards into similar terrain to a total of 8 sq kms, giving at least two, if not three, usable footprints.

Map information: Scale 1:10,000; Updated 2019
Location: TL966837
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget