Irchester Country Park

Traditional & Smartphone Virtual orienteering courses

In 2019 - 2021 this was the most popular permanent course in Northamptonshire. 

If you have an issue regarding missing posts please report to the Ranger while on-site or email  Irchester Ranger

Safety: The park has a large earthwall and a strong path network avoiding them. See the safety advice sheet.

Score course: Score course find as many as possible in the time limit. Penalties for being late. This is a good course for a group needing to start and finish about the same time.

Map updated

Major update in June 2022. The Maprun map is from 2018.

Download a legend here Sprint Legend

Courses repaired: November 2021

Traditional Courses

Course

Controls

/Length

(km)

Suitable for

Estimated
Time

(mins)

White

10

/1.1

Beginner; children may

need to be shadowed

15-25

Yellow

10

/1.7

A child with some

experience

20-35

Orange

13

/2.3

Adult beginner

/confident junior

20-40

Light Green

14

/2.4

Confident Adult or

experienced junior

20-40

Winter Green

Summer Green

15

/3.6

Hardest possible;

Summer -Avoiding the

worst of the nettles!

30-60

Score

23

Adult or children

Some controls are

too hard for beginners

30

Lengths of courses shown are in straight lines between controls, and the estimates of times are for someone running to someone walking. Both will vary depending on your route choice and ability

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Available Maps
Check Letters for youth groupsFREE
Light Green£0.50
MapRun Control DescriptionsFREE
Maprun Green£0.50
Maprun Race Map Blank map£0.50
Maprun Score 30£0.50
MapRun YellowFREE
Orange£0.50
Safety Risk Assessment AdviceFREE
Score 30 minutes£0.50
Summer Green£0.50
WhiteFREE
Winter Green £0.50
Yellow£0.50
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Further Information
Region: East Midlands
Nearest Town: Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Postcode: NN29 7DJ
Carpark: NN29 7DJ
Forest & more rural
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for intermediate orienteerers
Suitable for advanced orienteerers
Available Maps
Check Letters for youth groupsFREE
Light Green£0.50
MapRun Control DescriptionsFREE
Maprun Green£0.50
Maprun Race Map Blank map£0.50
Maprun Score 30£0.50
MapRun YellowFREE
Orange£0.50
Safety Risk Assessment AdviceFREE
Score 30 minutes£0.50
Summer Green£0.50
WhiteFREE
Winter Green £0.50
Yellow£0.50
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Control
Main Start & Finish
Nature reserve details
High Wires
Entrance
Other Things to do in the Area
VOC Details

Use the Maprun6 app.  MapRun6 App  Garmin Watch owners may wish to use the sister app MaprunG. Your phone (watch) beeps when you get close to the feature (a virtual control detected by your GPS signal). Upload your results to see your position on the leader board. We suggest you download a MAPRUN map from here but you can just use the one on your smartphone.

MapRun courses available
Courses

controls/

Length

(km)

Suitable for 

Expected time

(mins)

Hazards Results
Yellow

11/

1.5

Beginners

/Start by the engine

15 to 30   Yellow
Green

16/

3.8

Experienced 30 to 60 Earthwalls and roads Green
Score

28/

4.5

Some are too hard for beginners

/20 points per control less 10 points for each minute or part minute late

30 Earthwalls and roads score
Race map  

A blank map for training under race conditions. Use after starting your course.

Download the "Control descriptions" to use in conjunction with this map

     

To use the Maprun app when in the car park, start the Maprun6 app. If you are at the site or are close by, click 'Events near me' or at home, click 'Select Event' and go to the UK/Leicestershire/Irchester folder to find the courses. Click the one you want. Click ‘go to Start’ when you are ready. When you get near the start your time begins once your phone beeps.

Beginners there are a couple of features to help you navigate: Before the start, the location and track are always shown. Once you pass the start the location and track disappear ... unless you have enabled 'show track' or 'show location'. These features can be enabled in 'Options and settings' before you start. For some courses, we had added a ‘show me’ feature. Where it's available there is a button on the screen but you can only use it a few times.

 

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