Where: Dartford. The Start and Finish is at a road/path junction just inside Central Park, Dartford by the entrance that is accessible from Cranford Road, Dartford DA1 1JP.
Parking: There is a small car park on Cranford Road where there are usually spaces. The time limit is two hours. Otherwise use neighbouring streets but several of these places are reserved for residents only.
When: At any time you choose.
1. A 60 minute Score course in Dartford Centre using MapRun
2. A line course entirely within Central Park.
Details of each option are below. You can do either (or both!). Both courses use the MapRun App. For guidance on how to use the App click here.
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Details of each option
1 60 minute Score course
Print the map of the course
Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then Kent and select Dartford and the event called Dartford Centre. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear.
Most controls in the urban area are postboxes but some are on footpaths or at road junctions. The control descriptions are here.
This course crosses busy roads hence the area outside the park must not be attempted by anyone under the age of 16, even if they would be accompanied by an adult.
There is a penalty of 10 points for each minute or part of a minute late back.
There are a lot of roadworks in central Dartford. If heading south towards the park from control 17, keep left when the pavement splits and take extra care crossing the central ring road at this point.
2 Line course in Central Park, Dartford
Print the map of the course. The map contains the control descriptions.
Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then Kent and select Dartford and the event called Central Park. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear.
The course is 2.6km. Two fences are not marked on the map but are obvious when there.
Update - 1 November 2020. The scaffolding surrounding major works in the park has now been extended making control 6 inaccessible. A new MapRun file has been created in the Kent/Dartford folder entitled "Central Park excluding 6". Please download and use this version until further notice.
Ensure social distancing is maintained at all times. In line with current Government guidance, members are to complete these courses alone, within a household group, or with one person from outside their household from whom they must stay two metres apart at all times. There is a lake area at the southern end of the park but it was not considered to be feasible to use this for this activity because the paths are fairly narrow and the lake is popular with anglers. The angling locations are very close to the path.
A few controls on the Score course are on or near Dartford High Street, which may be noticeably busier with pedestrians, so be aware of others, especially with social distancing, and possibly time your run when there are fewer shoppers around.
This Challenge is not an organised event or activity, so it is not registered with British Orienteering and you are not covered by British Orienteering's insurance. You do the Challenge as an individual for private training and you are responsible for both your own safety and the safety of others around you.