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Bray Head orienteering challenge to take place this weekend




Bray Head.

Bray Head.




If you think you know your way around Bray head an orienteering event on Sunday October 2 could prove you wrong.

Great Eastern navigators club is inviting anyone along who would like to give the sport a try. There will be three course adventurers can tackle using their map and compass reading skills: ‘Long’ is 5.6 kilometres and has 15 controls, ‘Medium’ is 4km, with 12 controls and the ‘Short’ course is 1.8km long with 10 controls.

The iconic headland in Bray with its mixture of forest and open mountain with trails throughout is where the technical course will be laid out.

The organisers say this year they are using the southern end of Bray head, which is more open mountain as opposed to the forest on the northern end.

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There are some parts of the long and medium course that traverse ankle length gorse so gaiters are strongly recommended as are proper orienteering shoes. There is no gorse on the short course but there is one fence crossing where young children, under 8, may need some help or supervision.

Parking will be a field off the R761 road between Bray and Greystones and will be clearly signed from the R761.

Entry cost ranges from €5 concession, up to €15 for a family of two adults and three children.

Please note part of the area being used, including the parking field, is on a working dairy farm (most of the area on Bray head itself is separated from the farm by a gated fence), so dog owners are required to be vigilant for any cattle with young calves.

For more details go to Orienteering Ireland's website: www.orienteering.ie