Brun Valley Forest Park Regional, May 20 2018

PFO Welcomes you to Brun Valley.,

Date of event: Sun 20th May 18
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: Burnley, Lancs

The competition area runs along either bank of the River Brun and its tributaries.  It is a patchwork of mature standing forest, old mine workings partly covered with regenerated young plantation and some contoured fields.  There is a network of paths for public access around Rowley Lake and the forest.  The new pedestrian river bridge makes planning the shorter courses much easier.  See course information for river crossing details.

Other users:  Brun Valley is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  Please give way to other users.  All courses cross both vehicle access roads that run partway through the competition area.  There is very little traffic as they serve only a handful of properties and some small car parks.  Take special care when you run across or along these access roads. 

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Location & Directions

Signposted off Queen's Park Road, Burnley. From the gate, proceed along the access road and park as directed.
If you are unfamiliar with Burnley, the best approach is to find Burnley Turf Moor football ground, then proceed north on the A6144, Belvadere Road, turn right at the first lights by the new Fire Station on to Ormerod Road, then after 400m left at the roundabout on to Queen's Park Road. After 250m enter the gate on the right as above..

Nearest town: Burnley, Lancs
Grid Ref: SD851334
Postcode: BB10 3LB
Latitude: 53.79711
Longitude: -2.22784
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Course information

Courses: Length: Climb: Notes:
Brown 8.5 to 12.00 km TBA  
Blue 5.5 to 7.5 km TBA  
Short Blue 4.5 to 6.5 km TBA  
Green 3.5 to 5.0 km TBA  
Short Green 3.0 to 4.0 km TBA  
Light Green 3.0 to 4.0 km TBA  
Orange 2.5 to 3.5 km TBA  
Yellow 2.0 to 2.9 km TBA  
White Not available.   Area not

All courses will use a 1:7500 scale map.  Loose descriptions available at the start.

Distance to Start:  Provisionally 250m.  Start times allocated at the Start.

River crossing:  Shorter courses will use only bridge crossings.  Longer courses may cross the main river, which is normally shallow.  However, after heavy rain, wading may be dangerous, in which case bridge crossings may be made mandatory.



Registration from 10:00 till 12:00.
Starts from 10:30 till 12:30.
Courses close at 14:30.

Entry Details

EOD only:
Adult (M/W21+) £7.00 on Brown, Blue, Green, S.Green and Light Green
Adult £5.00 on Orange and Yellow.
Junior (M/W20-) £3.00 on all courses.
Dibber hire £1.00, but £30 if lost.


Planner: Judith Wood PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Jim Mitchell PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

Dogs are permitted under control in the car park.  Dogs are not permitted on courses.  You may exercise your dogs responsibly in the competition area after your run.


Toilets on site.

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.

Image of the Brun Valley Forest Park map

About the area/map

Brun Valley Forest Park

The mapped area comprises both the newly created Brun Valley Forest Park and the contiguous areas of Queen's Park, Thompson Park and the lanscaped Bank Hall Colliery site.  The parks and colliery have been used for orienteering for many years.  The larger part of the map is Brun Valley, which Burnley Borough have progressively opened up for public recreation in recent years.  Much of this area was originally coal mines, which have been reclaimed, landscaped and planted.  Woodland ranges from mature stands to young trees, which are now large enough to run through.  Established alder creates a maze of thickets within the young trees.

The River Brun bisects the map, running through Rowley Lake.  There ar few bridging points, though a new footbridge is planned for 2014.  Except at times of prolonged or heavy rain, the river is fordable through the shallows.  The tributaries are fordable at most points.

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PFO Welcomes you to Brun Valley.,

PFO Welcomes you to Brun Valley.

Rowley Lake and runnable forest., GCS

Rowley Lake and runnable forest.

Brun Valley - young plantation., GCS

Brun Valley - young plantation.

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith