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

Sunday Activities

These are a series of activities to suit beginners and families with young children.

Sunday  2nd April    Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen

Sunday  9th April    Forthill Park, Enniskillen

Sunday  23rd April   Castle Archdale Country Park

All activities start at 2.00pm.  Cost £3


NICS 1 Saturday 25th February 2017  

Venue: Castle Saunderson Demesne, Co Cavan   NIOS Sheet 27 GR H 417200

Castle Saunderson can be approached from Belturbet, Newtownbutler, Clones or Cavan town. It is a national Scout Centre and is signposted from major roads – entrance is off the main Clones to Butlers Bridge Road – N54.

The assembly and car parking will be adjacent to this splendid Scouting Ireland facility. A charge of £1 will be levied on all competitors. This will cover parking and access to toilets and showers and will be collected at registration.


Follow a taped route to the Start 100m from the car park. Finish will be close to Assembly/car parking.

Terrain notes

The map was surveyed by Pat Healy in November 2012 and updated in 2014, 2015 and January 2017. This one-time grand demesne consists of some rough grazing parkland near the old castle and large areas of mainly Sitka Spruce plantation with mixed runnability. Recent forest operations have created many new extraction tracks, only some of which are approximately mapped.  Some areas of older deciduous and coniferous trees are badly invaded by rhododendron. Courses have been planned to make best use of the runnable areas of woodland and route choice options around the plentiful forest roads and tracks.


White                   1.5km                    50m       1:7500

Yellow                  1.7km                    60m       1:7500

Orange                 2.6km                    85m       1:10000

Lg Orange            3.2km                    90m       1:10000

Lt Green               3.1km                    75m       1:10000

Green                   4.3km                    90m       1:10000

Blue                       6.0km                    140m     1:10000

Brown                   7.6km                    150m     1:10000

Entry Fees


Senior £8             Junior £4              Unwaged £6       Family £20


Senior £10           Junior £5              Unwaged £8       Family £25

Please note: £1 access fee for all competitors (showers included).


There will be light refreshments available in aid of the Junior Squad.