Spring Cup 2 – Castleward

Venue Castleward
Date Sat, 1st Apr 23
Starts 00:00 to 00:00
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Event Description

SPRING CUP 2 – You’d be a FOOL to miss it!

Venue: Castle Ward Estate – National Trust

Date: Saturday, 1st April 2023

Starts: 11:30 to 13:00

Event Description

This event takes place at the National Trust property of Castle Ward https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/northern-ireland/castle-ward

Explore Castle Ward to see the gothic, classical and nature collide. An eccentric 18th century mansion resting on a rolling hillside overlooking the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough.

Where will your course take you? Maybe you’ll be hunting controls in the sheltered woodland alongside the local wildlife or through the sunken gardens as the spring flowers come into season! You might even take in the fantasy world of castles and dragons as hit-series Game of Thrones was filmed on these very grounds…

The terrain is mostly parkland with some forest crossed by several paths.

Four courses are available:

💛YELLOW, 2.0km – for younger children & family groups, as well as more cautious new adults. There will be a road crossing which will be marshalled.

🧡ORANGE, 2.8 km– for children & family groups moving on from yellow, as well as more adventurous new adults

💚SHORT GREEN, 3.5 km – as difficult orienteering as the terrain permits, shorter distance than the short blue course.  Generally for experienced orienteers.

💙SHORT BLUE, 5.7 km– the most  challenging course on offer

Planner: Aine McCann

Controller: Ann Savage

Organiser: Gordon Stephens

Directions, parking, and location information:

On entering the Castle Ward estate continue on the main road until you reach the National Trust kiosk. The parking is the hard standing area in on the left. The MOO will be parked in there if you need to go to registration. Toilets can be found in the courtyard alongside the tearoom, book shop and National Trust Shop!

Dogs are permitted but must be on a lead – apart from in the dog exercise area which is adjacent to where we will be parking.

Entry Fee to NT property:

We have been very fortunate to agree a reduced entry fee for this event.

This is available to LVO members and NIOA members at the reduced rate of £3 per person. You will need to provide evidence of Club/British Orienteering Membership e.g. your membership card or renewal letter/email to avail of this discount. (The standard rate is £12 per adult and £6 per child).

NT members will not be charged, please ensure you swipe your membership card.

  • Registration will be alongside the car-park from 11:00. Allow 10 minutes to walk from registration to the start.
  • Starts are from 11:30 to 13:00.
  • Download is back in the car park – another 10 minute walk back from the finish.
  • Courses close at 15:00, at which time controls will be lifted.

SI Air will not be enabled.

Entry Closing Date

Monday 27th at 19:00.

Click to enter via SI Entries


Castleward Estate
BT30 7BA

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To volunteer at this event please email volunteer@lvo.org.uk. You can find information on each role here as well as the current list of volunteers.

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