SOG S4Abbot's WoodSat 09 March, 2024

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

Location Info

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

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

Directions / Parking

BN26 6SL

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Abbots Wood, Arlington, Polegate

From Brighton/Seaford - Take Station Road heading north from the A27 towards Berwick station. Take the first right signposted towards Arlington village. Drive through Arlington and follow the road towards Caneheath. Abbots Wood car park is on your right.

From Eastbourne/Bexhill/Hastings - Take the A22 north from the A27. Turn left onto Arlington Road (signposted for Abbots Wood). Go past Arlington Stadium and turn left at the next junction. Go past the Old Oak pub and carry on. Abbots Wood car park is on your left.

From the north - follow the Hailsham Bypass (A22). Turn right onto Arlington Road (signposted for Abbots Wood). Go past Arlington Stadium and turn left at the next junction. Go past the Old Oak pub and carry on. Abbots Wood car park is on your left.

Pay and display parking machines are now card only. It is also possible to pay on the RingGo app location no. 31000.
£2.50 up to 2 hrs, £4.00 up to 4 hrs, £5.00 all day

Public Transport

Berwick railway station 3.7k

Course Information

Yellow 1.7k /30m climb

Orange 2.5k/40m climb

Short Green 3.0k/55m climb

Green 4.2k/80m climb

Blue 5.5k/100m climb

Entry Details

Pre-entry via Newcomers are welcome and eligible for a free trial session - if you'd like to reserve a map or discuss the event please email our membership secretary.

BOF member fees: Seniors £6.50, Juniors £3.25, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £7.50, Juniors £3.25.

'Dibber' hire:
Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2 (juniors £1), non-SIAC (not contactless) £1 (juniors £0.5)

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

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

Map Details

1:10,000 with 5m contours. Last updated Feb 2023

Terrain Description

Abbots Wood is so called because the land was gifted to Battle Abbey during the reign of Henry I. It remained in the care of the abbots until the dissolution of monasteries under Henry VIII. The lake was dug by the monks of nearby Michelham Priory in the 13th century to provide fish, and many of the embankments and ditches also date back to that time. During WW2 the entire forest (then of oak trees with coppice growing underneath) was cut down to provide fuel for smelting furnaces. Several thousand soldiers camped here prior to the D-Day Normandy landings. The Forestry Commission acquired the land in 1953. There are now many forest tracks and rides and the mixed woodland offers very good orienteering of varying runnability (in other words, there are some grotty bits!)

Dog restrictions

Yes, under close control


Public toilets in car park


Safety Bearing: South-West

The area is popular with dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders, please give them plenty of room to pass.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: N Watts



Important Event Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. Information about how to keep yourself and your children safe at an event can be found here.

Whistles: Carrying a whistle is strongly recommended at all our events and may be made compulsory by the organiser depending on identified risks and conditions.

SIACs: Note that in contactless mode no record of a SIAC "punch" is held in the control box. By using contactless punching, competitors are accepting the resulting risk that we may take longer to find them if they are lost or injured.

Covid Prevention: Please adhere to the British Orienteering Code of Conduct and take care to allow others to maintain social distance if they wish.

Ticks: Please be aware that ticks are common across many of the areas we run in and can carry infections such as Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Encephalitis. This is why the rules of orienteering say that you MUST wear full leg and abdomen cover in the forest. Full arm cover is also recommended. Please check for ticks after running and seek medical advice if you develop flu like symptoms or a spreading circular rash after being bitten. There is an excellent government leaflet here.

Insurance: All of our events are registered with British Orienteering and are covered by their public liability insurance; individuals are advised to consider their own private accident insurance.

Please note that the insurance only covers those registered as being part of the event so if you are taking part as a group, or are accompanying / shadowing a child please make sure you register the names of everyone taking part as you sign up.

For club taster / coaching sessions, individuals who are registered as attending are insured for a maximum of 3 initial sessions whilst deciding whether to join; they must be members of British Orienteering by their 4th session.

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