Castle Archdale Country Park           Saturday 21st October 2017

Last minute information

Parking at Marina Carpark; NO toilets here. Nearest toilets at the Castle Courtyard (about 400m) – follow blue and white tapes from Marina.

No refreshments available in the Park and no Junior stall so bring your own food and drink.

Red and White tapes to Start and Finish (each about 5 minutes walk from Registration)

Map/Course Corrections (after maps had been printed)

The forest around 2 controls has suffered from wind blow and poor mapping. Green, Blue and Brown are affected.

Maps and Control descriptions have been amended. Please check these before leaving the Start.

Green – control 3 has been repositioned and control 9 has been eliminated. Length now 3.7km.

Blue – controls 3 and 15 have been eliminated. Length unchanged – 5.7km.

Brown – controls 13 and 23 have been eliminated. Length now 7km.


Forecast predicts wet and possibly stormy conditions. You are strongly advised to carry a whistle and bring a waterproof.


NICS 5 Saturday 21st October 2017

Venue: Castle Archdale Country Park


From Enniskillen follow the A32 towards Omagh then branch off left on the B82 towards airport and Kesh. Castle Archdale Country Park is approximately 7 miles from this junction. Follow signs for the marina.

GR H 173588

The assembly and car parking will be at the marina.

Start and Finish are each approximately 200m from the marina.

Registration: from 11:00am

Starts: 11:30 – 13.00

Courses Close: 15:00

Entry Fees

  • Juniors £5 (NIOA members £4)
  • OAP/Unwaged £8 (NIOA members £6)
  • Seniors £10 (NIOA members £8)
  • Family £25 (NIOA members £20)

Map: A3 – Scale1:10000

Courses (approx. lengths)

White               1.6km

Yellow             2.0km

Orange            3.0km

Lg Orange       3.4km

Lt Green          3.8km

Green              4.5km

Blue                 5.8km

Brown              7.3km

Course/terrain notes

This forest has been used for Orienteering since 1980 and was last fully surveyed and mapped in 2004. The map has been ‘tweaked’ frequently since as many changes have occurred through environmental and facility developments, growth in many blocks of maturing forest (and bramble!), thinning and clear felling and the disappearance of remnants of military occupation during WW2 and early 1950s. After this event two-thirds of the area will be quarantined with the intention of being remapped for use at major events coming to Fermanagh in the next few years. The area has many roads, tracks and paths; it is hilly though not steep. The forest blocks are a mixture of deciduous and conifer, many of them mature; though runnability can be hampered in places by bramble. Courses have been planned to avoid the worst of this. Recent on-going forestry work has left many extraction racks (unmapped).

An area of the map will be marked Out-of-Bounds due to present forestry operations and a recent major environmental enhancement scheme.

Junior Fundraiser Refreshment Stall: Uncertain at this stage.

Toilets: There are toilets at the marina.

Dogs: Dogs are allowed.


Planner: Teresa Finlay

Controller: Raymond Finlay