Venue Slieve Croob – Transmitter Car Park
Date Sat, 22nd Jun 19
Starts 11:30 to 13:00
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Event Description

Organiser: Andrew Elwood, Planner: Susan Lambe, Controller: Richard Williamson

Travel & Car Parking

Car parking is in the Slieve Croob Transmitter Car Park and can be approached from the north or south (if coming from Tollymore).

From the north it is best to come through Dromara (BT25 2BN) heading to Finnis (BT25 2BB). Once you reach Finnis, turn left onto Dree Hill and follow the full way to the car park, which will be on your left after approximately 2 miles.

From the south, drivers should head to Castlewellan and then follow the A25 towards Annsborough. At Annsborough turn left onto the Ballylough Rd. After 1.5miles you should fork left onto the Clonvaraghan Rd. Follow this for approximately 5 miles and turn right onto Dree Hill and the car park will be on the right

Drivers should be aware that this is a popular cycle route and so there may be cyclists on the road, which is small, and so care should be taken.

The Newcastle Air Show is also on this weekend and so people should allow extra time as there will be a lot of traffic heading towards Newcastle on Saturday morning.


Registration from 1100 at the transmitter car park, Dree Hill, BT25 2EF.

Car Parking

People should be aware that there is limited parking in the car park and so parking will be marshalled and people are encouraged to car share to this event as to help decrease the number of cars parked on the road.


  • Starts from 1130 to 1300.
  • The start is adjacent to the car park.


  • Course close at 1530.
  • All courses are on 1:10,000 maps.
  • Courses available:
    • White 1.2km / 35m
    • Yellow 2.1km / 105m
    • Orange 2.7km / 160m
    • Light Green 3.7km / 195m
    • Short Green 3.0km / 165m
    • Green 4.0km / 220m
    • Blue 6.2km / 360m
    • Brown 7.3km / 380m


  • Whistles are compulsory and there will be a “NO WHISTLE, NO GO” policy enforced on the day.
  • The event area is Open Mountain and so is very exposed. In the event of rain or very cold weather, a cagoule may be compulsory and you will not be able to run without one. Event officials will decide this on the day.
  • If it is very warm and sunny competitors may want to carry water, as there will be no water on the courses, and should be wary of the risk of developing heatstroke on very warm days.

Terrain Notes

The terrain is all Open Mountain with very few paths but a lot of fence lines across the mountainside breaking it up into different farm territories. The mountain is fairly fast running and has some sections of very technical contour detail as well as scattered crags and small water features. There are areas of the mountain that are covered with vegetation such as bramble and gorse and so full leg cover is advised. There is quite a lot of marsh on the area and so suitable footwear should be warn and expect to get wet especially if the week leading up to the event has been particularly wet.

Access to the land has been given to us by kind permission of the farmers who own the land. Therefore all out of bounds areas and mandatory crossing points are too be strictly adhered to, any damage to fences must be reported to the organiser, no rubbish is to be left and all livestock is to be avoided.



This event is part of the Tollymore Festival of Orienteering – information is available here.

Booking for the fixtures, BBQ and Camping are available by clicking the Enter Online button. Entry on the day for events is available, but not for the barbecue.

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Slieve Croob – Transmitter Car Park
Dree Hill
BT25 2EF

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