SOG A2Highdown HillSat 28 September, 2019

Highdown Hill - Start

Highdown Hill - Start
Credit: Peter C

Near: Worthing
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race



Results now posted.

Thank you to Ralph for a well planned course, and to everyone who helped to make the event pass smoothly.


Is a web app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.

SOG Series Info

SOGs are friendly club events where children and newcomers are very welcome. Yellow and Orange courses are suitable for children to run on their own with a bit of practice. Adults are welcome to shadow children until they are confident to go on their own. Green and Blue courses are run or walked by any age group - you can race competitively or just enjoy the woodland.

There are two series of events - autumn and spring of approximately 8 events each. Electronic timing (SI) is used.

Help on the day always appreciated.

Volunteer here

Enquiries here

Location Info

Nearest town: Worthing

* Postcodes are not very precise in some areas, so don't rely on them for an exact location.

Directions / Parking

From Worthing. Follow the A27 west to exit off the A27 south onto A280 at grid TQ 091055. Continue for 2km to roundabout and turn left onto A259 continue on eastern carriageway for 2km and turn left onto Highdown Hotel road where there will be an orienteering kite and sign. Continue uphill for approximately 0.6km until you see the parking marshallers. From Arundel. Follow A27 east to exit off the A27 south onto A280 at grid TQ 091055. Then continue south as above.

Course Information

Blue 5.7kms climb 125 mts, controls 22. Green 3.6kms climb 65 mts, controls 17. Orange 2.1k ms climb 45 mts, controls 12 and Yellow 1.5 kms climb 25 mts. Controlos 9

Entry Details

SO members fees: SO Seniors £5.00, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £6.00, Juniors £2.50. Extra maps 50p.

'Dibber' hire:
Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2, non-SIAC (not contactless) £1

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

10:00 to 11:00. Courses close at 12:30.

Map Details

Scale 1:5,000. Map by Roger Maher 2001 and updated by Chris Hooker August 2019.

Terrain Description

The event area is predominantly runnable open land with a good track network. Some brambles, but most of the route legs have missed the thick bramble areas. Area surrounded by thickets, which the planner will use to try and put some technical decision-making by competitors.

Highdown is a site of great archaeological importance. Evidence of Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon occupation has been found here, as well as one of the earliest Angle-Saxon burial site in England.

The earliest permanent settlement on Highdown Hill was Late Bronze Age (about 1000BC) enclosure. During the Early Iron Age (600BC) full advantage was taken of the strategic position of Highdown, when a hill-fort was constructed consisting of an earthwork with a rampart and ditch.
The site was used subsequently as an Anglo-Saxon cemetery from about AD 450. An unusual number of glass objects were found at the site. These and many of other finds from Highdown are now in Worthing Museum.

Dog restrictions

Yes, Please be aware Alabama Rot has been reported in the Patching area.


Highdown Café and Hotel

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Ralph Phillips