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Cobham Heritage Park Visitor Centre, Lodge Lane, Cobham DA12 3BS with kind permission of The National Trust.

Parking will be adjacent at Lodge Farm, Lodge Lane, Cobham DA12 3BS with kind permission of Mr. Jim Jackson

Latitude/Longitude
51.38955, 0.41247
GR: TQ 681 684

Toilets are available before and after the event –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

Light refreshments will be available after the event.?

And there are a number of local Pubs and restaurants in nearby Cobham, that serve  food and drink.

 

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West Kent Downs Countryside Trust and Ranscombe Farm Reserve

This charity off road bike trail and quiz takes place from Cobham, near Gravesend, on Saturday 22nd July 2017. The aim is for a fun day out for individuals and families in beautiful countryside exploring the area and engaging with its nature. You’ll be keeping fit and supporting valuable charitable work protecting and enhancing the environment. The event is entirely on mountain bike tracks and paths - no part is on roads, making the fun day suitable for all ages.

You can participate as individuals, families or groups

REGISTRATION 10.30 - 11.00
START anytime between 10.30 and 11.30

The area covered will include land owned or managed by the West Kent Downs Countryside Trust (www.wkdct.org.uk) and Ranscombe Farm Reserve managed by Plantlife (www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/nature-reserves-important-plant-areas/discover-ranscombe ) and part of the Darnley Trail.

This is a public event – all are welcome. All entries are on the day.

Maps will be specially prepared at a 1:10,000 scale. The map will show all cycle tracks, other paths, open land and forest. Certain footpaths will have overprinted purple hatching to indicate that these paths are not to be used. The map will be A4 size and will be printed double sided on waterproof paper.

The event will use orange and white orienteering controls to indicate each checkpoint.

At each of these checkpoints there will be a simple question based on nature or features in the immediate vicinity. The answer will be apparent to you from notice boards or other signage when you are at the correct place.

Your time will be recorded when you start and when you finish but this activity is intended to be a Fun event suitable for all levels of rider including Families, rather than a race. Electronic timing will not therefore be used. You should aim to visit as many of the checkpoints as possible, and answer the question at each checkpoint, within the maximum time limit of two hours. If the two hours’ time limit is exceeded, one correct answer will be lost for every two minutes, or part thereof, of lateness.

Prizes will be awarded, by draw if necessary, from among those answering the most questions correctly. There will also be random prizes drawn from all those participating.

Results will be available on the Dartford Orienteering Klubb website www.dfok.co.uk and the BMBO websites shortly after the event.

Water and squash will be provided at the Event Centre. There are several eating places nearby in the village of Cobham for those needing further liquid or food refreshments afterwards.
suitable for all ages and abilities of rider

 

The West Kent Downs Countryside Trust Is a registered charity that was formed seventeen years ago to rescue the area of woodland that will be used for the event from the vandalism, car dumping and antisocial acts that were then rife.

The woodland was originally part of the Darnley (Cobham Hall) estate but was sold off as small leisure plots in the 1970s to members of the public. When in the 1980s, the whole area was made a Site of Special Scientific Interest the owners were prohibited from putting up fences, cutting down trees, etc. This, combined with the placing of a Woodland Tree Preservation Order meant that most owners lost interest and the plots fell into neglect. Since that time WKDCT has acquired forty of the plots and ultimately aims to combine all of the plots under one owner with unrestricted public access.

Meanwhile we are actively improving the quality of the woodland by managing it in a planned way. We have developed and are currently implementing a 5-year Management Plan which includes removing invasive and damaging species such as sycamore and rhododendron and replanting native species. We have a voluntary workday, usually on the first Sunday in the month to carry out a variety of projects and you will be very welcome to join us.

The money raised by this event will help to achieve these aims.

Mike Adams, Secretary 07966 348969 www.wkdct.org.uk

Plantlife is a British conservation charity working nationally and internationally to save threatened wild flowers, plants and fungi . We own nearly 4,500 acres of nature reserve across England, Scotland and Wales where you can find over 80% of the UK’s wild flowers. We have 11,000 members and supporters and HRH The Prince of Wales is our Patron.

Ranscombe Farm Reserve is Plantlife’s largest reserve in England, and is more than 250 hectares (well over 600 acres) of woodland, farmland and wildflower meadows. The reserve has been known for many years as a great place to see annual wild flowers of cornfields – at Ranscombe, these include 5 different species of poppy and perhaps the UK’s last remaining site for corncockle – and today is one of the most important sites for the conservation of this rapidly vanishing group of plants.

Plantlife manages the reserve in partnership with a tenant farmer – it remains a working farm – and with Medway Council, with whom the reserve is jointly owned. The reserve sits on the very edge of the Medway Towns, and is free to visit every day. Since Plantlife took on the reserve just over 10 years ago, we have been working hard to make it more accessible, and we have tens of thousands of visitors each year, from local families to plant enthusiasts from across the UK.

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in association with:

BMBO

Event Details
Entry fee 10 for a senior Day Rider, 8 for anyone who is a member of WKDCT or of British Mountain Bike Orienteering (BMBO) (with their membership cards).
5 for all under 21s or OAPs.
The maximum per family (max 5) is 20 per family.
Final Details (added 20/7/17)

The event will be run under British Mountain Bike Orienteering rules, which competitors are advised to read in advance. BMBO also has some helpful MTB Score tips.

All riders must wear a helmet and take part at their own risk.

The following equipment is also recommended:

Mobile Phone
Pen
Waterproof top
Compass
Whistle
First aid kit, essentially plasters

First aid cover will be provided through trained volunteer sports first aiders and a first aid kit will be at the Event Centre.