Venue Belfast Castle
Date Sat, 16th Feb 19
Starts 11:30 to 13:00 iCal file iCal
Welcome to the first of LVO’s 2019 “Spring Cup” Series
Having braved the overgrown slopes of the Cavehill during the mild Autumn surveying the permanent orienteering course, its been a joy to be out planning Spring Cup 1 over the last few weeks. Don’t miss this opportunity to get out and enjoy it too before 2019’s brambles take over again.
Registration, Start Times and Closing Time
- Registration will be at the car-park beside the childrens playground from 11:00.
- Starts are from 11:30 to 13:00.
- Courses close at 15:00, at which time controls will be lifted.
SI timing will be in use. Dibbers will be available for hire (no charge) at registration.
- Green 3.4km, 190m climb
- Orange 2.8km, 80m climb
- Yellow 1.5km, 60m climb
Belfast Castle, Scale 1:7500
The park is situated on the lower slopes of the Cavehill. It incorporates mixed parkland around Belfast Castle at the lower end, with wood land and open hillside above. The slopes can be very steep particularly higher up.
There is a good path network traversing the slopes. Off the paths there is a mixture of open woodland and some dense undergrowth with old windblown.
Directions and Parking
Enter the park from the Antrim Road, there is a narrow entrance signposted for ‘Cavehill Country Park and Adventure Playground’. Look out for the orienteering flag.
Registration will be at the MOO trailer in the lower carpark beside the playground, park where you can in any of the carparks. Start and finish will be close to registration.
ALL competitors MUST download their times at registration even if they don’t finish the course. Otherwise someone will be out looking for you unnecessarily.
There will be lots of other park users about so mind the traffic around the carpark and access roads.
The park is also popular with mountain bikers, so take care when crossing or using bike tracks.
Some steep slopes are particularly slippery, and some localised areas have very dense undergrowth so make sure you come prepared, and take care when you’re out there. Carrying a whistle would be recommended for the green course, but not compulsory (unless the weather dictates!!)
You are welcome to join us even if you are not a member of the club. Club members will be available to offer advice and assistance, just ask at registration. (Note : for insurance purposes you may attend two events as a non-club member but after that you need to join an orienteering club).
If you want to meet up afterwards to compare routes and put a face to some of those facebook names, why not try the cafe in the Castle, or just hang about registration for a chat afterwards.
For more information on other things to see in the park go to https://visitbelfast.com/see-do/partners/belfast-castle-estate-cave-hill-visitor-centre
- Organiser – Ann Savage
- Planner – Colin Smith
- Controller – Richard Williamson