The event

Location Map | How to get there | Competition areas | The White Rose

The focus of the event will be the small town of Coniston at the north end of Coniston Water. Camping will be at the Coniston Hall campsite on the lake side and at the Coniston Sports and Social Club.

View Lakes 5 in a larger map. Click on a map symbol for more information.

How to get there

Coniston Coniston Water
Coniston Water

By car: The Lake district is easily accessible from the M6 motorway. Coniston is 50km from junction 36. Journey time from London is 6 hours, Birmingham is 3 hours. If you travel directly to the first event at Swindale North, the assembly area is 13km from junction 39. A useful route planner can be found at the AA website.

By rail: The nearest railway station to the camp site is at Ulverston, from where there are buses to Coniston. There are direct trains to Ulverston from Manchester Airport. Main line trains from London and Scotland call at Oxenholme (3 km from Kendal town centre). For train times go to the National Rail website.

Reception Centre

The Reception Centre will be open between 12:00 (Noon) and 16:00 (4:00pm) on Saturday 21st August 2010 at the Coniston Sports and Social Club. Here you may collect your race bibs, your hired SI cards, the programme, pay your debts or collect tourist information. You will also be able to purchase maps for any of the three training areas and make a late entry for any of the main competitions. Location map

Competition Areas

Day 1 - Sunday 22 August 2010 - Swindale North

Swindale North
Situated at the north end of Haweswater - a reservoir supplying water to the city of Manchester - Swindale North is a fast and intricate open fell requiring accurate navigation at all times. The area has hosted a number of major orienteering events in the past. Location map


Day 2 - Monday 23 August 2010 - Tarn Hows South & Guards Wood

Tarn How South & Guards Wood
This event is within walking distance of the camp site and the centre of Coniston. It consists of two areas of mixed complex woodland. The lake (Coniston Water) is on one side and there are views of The Old Man of Coniston mountain to the south west. Location map


Day 3 - Tuesday 24 August 2010 - Harrop Tarn

Harrop Tarn Harrop Tarn is an intricate forest with an adjacent complex open fell situated on the west side of Thirlmere - another reservoir supplying water to the city of Manchester. The mapped area includes a new extension which has not previously been used for orienteering. This area is generally highly detailed, with some wetter areas and expanses of mostly runnable heather. Across the reservoir there are views of Helvellyn, one of the highest mountains in the Lake District. Location map

Rest day - Wednesday 25 August 2010

Wednesday is a rest day when you can enjoy the many outdoor and tourist attractions of the Lake District National Park.

Day 4 - Thursday 26 August 2010 - Caw

Caw is an area of very complex open fell, requiring careful navigation at all times. It is situated high above the valley on the Dunnerdale Fells and reaches over 500m at its highest point. The car park is a 9km cycle ride from the camp site. Location map


Day 5 - Friday 27 August 2010 - Helsington Barrows

Helsington Barrows
Helsington Barrows is a fast open limestone area with many rock features. The challenge will be to keep up the concentration whilst running hard. Location map


The White Rose Event

The White Rose


The White Rose Multi Day Orienteering Event in North Yorkshire will directly follow the Lakes 5 event. It is based near Helmsley and will run from the 28th to the 30th August. It is 140km from Helsington Barrows to the White Rose campsite at Baxton’s Strip – 2 hours 25 minutes drive (courtesy of Google maps!). For more information visit the White rose website at

Top of page