Event Areas

Area Notes
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
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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
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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
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
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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
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