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Airienteers, Orienteering in Airedale and Wharfedale and Leeds and Bradford

Ilkley Moor


Traditional and Maprun Permanent Course

Directions and Parking: Public Car Park (free) at Darwin Gardens, Wells Road, Ilkley LS29 9TF. Also on street parking on Wells Road. Please park with consideration.

Public Transport: Ilkley rail and bus station is 500m from the Start via Wells Road. Bus services to/from Ilkley include X52,X84,X85,62,74,74A.

Start: The start and finish are co-located close to Darwin Gardens at the path junction on the South side of the pond.

Map Run: This permanent course can be undertaken either traditionally looking out for the permanent course marker posts or by using the Maprun F app to track, time and beep to register at each marker.

As the course was set up originally with the traditional infrastructure the paper map refers to A to Z which matches the references on the posts.

Maprun on your phone screen has to refer to numbers so 1 to 26. A =1 ,Z=26 etc. There are also slight discrepancies between the map and geo location. MapRun will usually register you’ve been to a control when you are within about 10 metres of the correct location. It’s less accurate for the couple of controls that are in steep woodland (as the GPS can ‘see’ fewer satellites).

Therefore for the best experience we strongly advise using the downloadable paper map. Switch on Maprun on your arrival but stow your phone so you aren’t referring to the map on your phone screen but just using the app to sound at correct location, and to track and time your run.

Start Anywhere: If you use the MapRun app, this course has Start Anywhere enabled. This means that you can start and finish at any control, not just the designated start and finish. If you do this, the designated start and finish become another checkpoint on the course worth the same points as the checkpoint at which you started. For example, if you decide to start at B, you can then collect other checkpoints including the designated start/finish site. But to register a time you have to end your run at B where you started.

This mode is great for local people who can start closer to home, people who want to use other parking facilities and for public transport users who can start closer to their arrival point.

Course: For beginners and children please see this guide with appropriate course suggestions. Ilkley Moor Perm Beginners And Course Guide

Maprun is set up as a Score course with a 180 minute time limit. There are 26 possible checkpoints. Visit as many checkpoints as you can in the time. Each checkpoint is worth 20 points. There is a 10 point penalty for every minute or part thereof that you exceed the 180 minute time limit.

Course Status Update May 2020: All posts in place. Post S gets overgrown. We've cleared it, but it may be hard to find in the summer.

Map: The map is a specialist Orienteering map at a scale of 1:10,000 ie 1cm = 100m with 5m contour interval.

Download your map here to take with you. Ilkley Moor Permanent Course May 2020

Control Descriptions are on the bottom of the map.

If you are not familiar with Orienteering map symbols please see Orienteering Standard Map Symbols 2017

As stated above, we recommend running with the paper map and stowing your phone.

MapRun Set up: Download the app from

To find the Ilkley Moor POC:

Use QR code above or,

Open the app > Select Event > UK Folder > Aire Valley Folder > Ilkley Moor Perm Start Anywhere > Download

When you are ready to run press “Go to Start” Ensure your GPS is on by waiting to see the red dot. Go to your chosen Start point. Your time starts with the beep as you pass.

Beginners and novices should note that on the app we have enabled the "show current location" feature. If you think you may want to use this feature it needs to be enabled before you start.

Results: Current results from Maprun Ilkley Permanent Course Results