Event Areas

Area Notes
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
Tunstall Forest , ,

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 , ,

A large, rather flat, mixed conifer / hardwood plantation running south from the River Thet. It has several tumuli and chalk pits and numerous holly trees. 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; Spring 2014
TL 962835
Recent Event Maps: Routegadget
West Stow Country Park ,

Situated NW of Bury St Edmunds, this Country Park is a narrow area of mixed woodland and open heathland along the northern bank of the River Lark and adjacent lake. It also contains a re-construction of an Anglo-Saxon village, with exhibits and frequent demonstrations of village life, and excellent visitor facilities, including a cafe and children's playground. The area has previously supported a permanent O course.


Suitable for smaller events.


Links to the visitor information can be found here and here.

Map information: Scale 1:6,000; Summer 2008
Location: TL 800714