CLOK logo Cleveland Orienteering Klub
invites you to a Middle Distance orienteering event at
Skelton Warren & Birk Brow
on Sunday 3rd March 2024
CLOK logo

Parking will be in the car park of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust officies on Margrove Road, just off the A171 Birk Brow Road east of Guisborough.  The grid reference of the entrance to the car park is NZ 650155 and the What3words reference is ///vibrating.haggling.worlds.  The postcode is TS12 3BZ.

Click on the link to see a map.  You can zoom in (and, optionally, switch to Satellite mode) to see the details of the final approach to the event.  You can also get directions if you specify your starting location.

Overflow parking will be at Margrove Park Old Shale Tip, which is 200 metres further along Margrove Road (towards Boosbeck), on the left hand side of the road.


The area has two distinct parts, separated by a quiet road.

Skelton Warren is mixed woodland on the steep slope on the edge of the North York Moors.  There are scattered rock features in the woods, and the area has a good path network.  Please note that some of the many bike and off-road vehicle tracks are not mapped.

Above the quiet road at the top of Skelton Warren, Low Moor is a gently sloping area of heather moorland with patches of gorse and small areas of old quarry workings.

There are some wet areas in the woods.  Many slopes are covered in wet leaves, making descents/ascents very slippery, and rutted tracks have deep water in places.  Thinning has taken place in the area, and some of the small thickets have been cut down.  There are low-lying brambles in parts of the area.

The map has been updated to reflect the changes to the paths and thickets, but please note that some recent paths – especially the mountain bike tracks – may not be shown on the competition maps.

There is one dangerous pit in the area.  It will be taped off.

Course  Length  
Short Green   2.69017
Light Green2.14014

Please note that this is a Middle Distance event, so the courses are shorter than they would be at a Classic Distance event and involve lots of short legs with many changes in direction.

The White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Short Green courses stay in Skelton Warren and do not cross the minor road.


1:7,500 scale   5m contours   A4 size   Updated in January 2024

The Brown, Blue and Green course maps are double sided.

Control descriptions will be printed on the maps, and loose copies will be available at the Start.

Punching system:

SPORTident electronic punching will be used.

The control boxes will be activated to enable SIAC cards to operate in touch-free mode ..... but please note that you will need to punch the conventional way at the Start and Finish.

If you need to hire an SI-card, add the request to your entry in Racesignup.  There is a £1 hire charge.  Please collect your hired SI-card from Download before your run and return it as you download after your run.  Take care of your hired SI-card, as there will be a £20 charge if you lose it.


If you wish to participate in this event, please pre-enter via the Racesignup online entry system.

The entry fees are:
Seniors:£8.50       £2.00 surcharge for non-members of British Orienteering
Juniors / students:   £2.50 
Adult beginners on the Whiute, Yellow or Orange courses:     £2.50 

The entry deadline is midnight on Sunday 25‑Feb‑2024.  After that, you will still be able to enter until midnight on Thursday 29‑Feb‑2024, but there will be a £2 late entry surcharge for Seniors and your choice of course may be limited by map availability.

There will be very limited entry on the day subject to the availability of maps ..... but please make every effort to pre-enter if you possibly can.


10:30 a.m. - 12 noon       Courses close at 1:30 p.m.

The Start is approximately 15 minutes' walk from the car park.  The route to the Start follows a good track.  There is 50m climb.

Returning from the Finish to the car park is approximately 10 minutes' walk back, partly along the same track that you used to get to the Start.


Portable toilet in the car park.
There are also public toilets are in the Fountain Street car park, off Rectory Lane in Guisborough.  The postcode is TS14 6QF and the What3words reference is ///reckoned.proclaims.locate.

No drinks will be provided.  Please bring your own refreshments.

First aid at Download, which will be in the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust offices car park.

Dogs: Sorry.  Well behaved dogs are welcome in the car parking areas, but must be kept on leads.  (The car park entrances open directly on to a road that has fast-moving traffic.)  Dogs must not be taken out into the competition area.
Organiser:  Joan Selby
Planners:  Dean Yates & John Green
Controller:  Allen Banister (NN)
First Aider:  TBA
Photography: Anyone taking photos or videos at this event must do so in accordance with CLOK's Photography and Filming Policy.
and other

Covid 19 and other infections – e.g. influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and adenovirus – continue to circulate in the community.

Orienteering is an outdoor, naturally socially-distanced sport.  However, although you should be relatively safe when you are out on your run, there is a risk of virus transmission during the pre- and post-run activities.


  • Do not attend this event if you have respiratory infection symptoms.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene.
  • Be mindful of other people's space.  Some people may be more concerned than you are about avoiding close contact.

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the Organiser, but please remember that competitors take part at their own risk.  Orienteering is an adventure sport – your safety while orienteering is your own responsibility.

Please make sure that you download even if you do not complete your course.

CLOK strongly recommends that you carry a whistle while participating in this (and every) orienteering event.

If you have a relevant medical condition, please add this to your competitor details in Racesignup.  Any information provided will be treated in strict confidence and will only be used if you need medical treatment and are unable to communicate at the time.

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