(2/4) Spring Series, Gawthorpe Hall, Mar 2 2019

Gawthorpe Hall in winter., Bridget Jardine

Date of event: Sat 02nd Mar 19
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Padiham, Burnley

Important note:  This is an AFTERNOON event with first starts at 13:00.  The late start enables anyone who participates in other Saturday morning sports to engage in both activities.

Event 2 of 4 of our Spring Series.

If you are a first time competitor Gawthorpe Hall is a great venue to learn about orienteering as a sport and as healthy recreation for all the family.  You can try an easy course as a taster, then try another longer and more difficult course.  Regular orienteers will be challenged by the longer technical courses.

Gawthorpe Hall is a National Trust property with extensive grounds comprising formal gardens and mature forest.  First built in Elizabethan times and resesigned in the 1850s, Gawthorpe Hall is now the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, associated with the writings of Charlotte Brontë.  The grounds extend much further than the areas usually visited by the public. At the Hall there is a Permanent Orienteering Course (POC) mapped and installed by members of PFO. Maps available from the NT Cafe when open  from April to October.  Large groups (schools, Scouts/Guides, services etc) should contact the NT office to make appropriate arrangements (Nik Taylor, 01282-770353).

Safety note:  Take care, especially on the longer and more technical courses which have some steep ascents and descents.

Gawthorpe Hall website is here.

events location

Location & Directions

Gawthorpe Hall is brown signed off the A671 in Padiham. O-signs will be deployed as the turn is somewhat awkward especially when approaching from the Burnley direction (tight right turn).
Best approach from the south and west is to exit the M65 at J8, then north on the A6068 towards Padiham. Turn right (east) at the first set of traffic lights, Follow the A671 through Padiham for 1 mile to Gawthorpe Hall entrance gates (easy left turn). The single track access road has a number of tarmac passing places - please use courteously.
Parking will not be in the public car park but in the staff car park. Follow O-signs and marshals directions, straight ahead then left into the courtyard. Take care as this is a pedestrian area. Overflow parking will be in the public car park.
Registration is in the corner of the courtyard.

Nearest town: Padiham, Burnley
Grid Ref: SD806340
Postcode: BB12 8UA
Latitude: 53.80093
Longitude: -2.29884
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)

Course information

Registration:  Bring you personal dibber to Registration to speed up the process!

Course offer:

Course: Length: Climb: Technical
White 0.9k 10m Very easy
Yellow 1.2k 15m Short and easy.
Orange 2.2k 30m Moderately difficult.
Light Green 3.6k 80m Difficult.
Micr-O Sprint
4.4k 100m One person relay.

Roads:  All courses will cross the access road and parking areas.  Runners and drivers should proceed with caution.

Out of Bounds:  All fields both adjaent to and within the competition area are out of bounds.  However, Light Green and Technical courses will traverse one of these fields along a designated corridor.  Use only the marked crossing point stiles in and out of this field.

Fences:  Do not climb any fences or walls, except at designated crossing points.

Technical Micr-O Sprint:  This is a 3-leg one person relay, with some sprint-style controls.  You will be advised on the start line what options you have for the order in which you may run the legs.  At the end of legs 1 and 2 simply pick up your next map, and DO NOT punch the Start box.  Only punch the Finish box at the end of your third leg.


Registration: From 12:30 to 13:30
Starts: From 13:00 to 14:00.
Courses Close: At 4:00PM.

Entry Details

Entry on the Day (EOD) only.
Entry fees: Adults (M/W21+) £5.00, Juniors (M/W20-) £2.00,
Dibber hire £1.00, but £40.00 if lost!


Planner: Bridget Jardine PFO
Organiser: TBA
Controller: N/A
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

Dogs are welcome in Gawthorpe Hall grounds.  We recommend that dogs do not accompany you on courses, but they may be freely exercised after the event.  Doggy etiquette applies.


Toilets: at Registration. 
Refreshments: Tea, coffee and cakes available in the old stables (opposite registration) in exchange for a small donation to the PFO Hawks junior squad tour costs.
Picnic: tables at Registration.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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Gawthorpe Hall in winter., Bridget Jardine

Gawthorpe Hall in winter.

Gawthorpe Hall map extract.,

Gawthorpe Hall map extract.

Lakeside control., GCS

Lakeside control.

Control by ditch., GCS

Control by ditch.

Gawthorpe winter gardens., Bridget Jardine

Gawthorpe winter gardens.

Gawthorpe Hall in winter.,

Gawthorpe Hall in winter.

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