Hurstwood National, Sep 8 2018

Start 2016,

Date of event: Sat 08th Sep 18
Type of event: National (B)
Nearest town: Hurstwood, Burnley

Hurstwood National run in parallel to the Senior Home International, but with later start times.  Come early and support your home team!  SHI Finish is adjacent to the Assembly area. 

This is an open event for all orienteers over classic long distance courses.  You may enter the SHI courses, but with a later start time, to see how you fare against the nations' best. 

The village of Hurstwood is situated SE of Burnley and marks the transition from wooded lowland to open moorland.  Above the village is the water catchment for Hurstwood and Cant Clough reservoirs.  In building the dams about 100 years ago large volumes of stone were quarried locally.  The remaining spoils and tips form an intricate landscape of hills, gullies, knolls, depressions and pits mingled with marshes, streams and stone cast-offs.  Shedden Clough to the south comprises 18th century hushings from extraction of limestone from massive erratic boulders brought down from the Dales during the last ice age.   Elsewhere the moorland (rising to 1500 feet) can be tough underfoot but open, except where modern planting provides some cover.  This patchwork of terrain, gifted to us by the quarrymasters of our ancestors, provides challenging navigation and route choices for the modern orienteer.

The area has only been used sporadically for orienteering using the original 1989 paper map.  With the advent of modern mapping tools the whole area has been digitised for this event.  Shedden Clough (or South Hurstwood) was digitised first and was used for a Level C event in 2014.  The whole area was used in 2016 for PFO's Lancashire HotPot Level B.

Much of the area is protected blanket bog and is under the stewardship of Natural England.  The area is home to large populations of moorland birds and diverse grassland species.  We will not be competing through the protected areas nor during the nesting season of March 1st to August 31st.  We are grateful to the landowner United Utilities. Michael Holmes (tenant) and to Natural England for permission to use the less sensitive parts of the area for our competition.

This is sensitive countryside.  No dogs allowed.  No naked flames or smoking due to fire risk.  Take all your litter home.  Thank you.

events location

Location & Directions

Set your satnav to BB10 3LF. Parking is 200m before reaching this postcode.
Parking field on the LEFT of the approach road to Hurstwood village. There is a tight turn into the field gate.
Larger vehicles (mini buses and campavans) will have a separate easier field entrance. Please follow marshal's instructions.
Please make a parking donation, which will be passed on to a local charity.
ASSEMBLY, Registration and Finish area is 1.5k easy walk (& 40m height gain) from parking. Allow 20 to 30 mins. Starts (North and South) are a further 10 minutes walk.
There is ample room for club tents.

Nearest town: Hurstwood, Burnley
Grid Ref: SD881313
Postcode: BB10 3LF
Latitude: 53.78132
Longitude: -2.18561
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)

Course information

PROVISIONAL Course Details:  (Subject to controlling.)

Course: Length: Climb: Map:
DS=double sided
Start: As SHI
M21E 12.2 km 405m 1:10000 A3 North As M21E
Black 9.3 km 350m 1:10000 A3 North As M20E
W21E 8.4 km 330m 1:10000 A3 North As W21E
Brown 8.0 km 335m 1:10000 A3 North  
S. Brown 5.8 km 220m 1:10000 A4 DS North As W20E
Blue 4.9 km 200m 1:10000 A4 DS North  
S. Blue 4.2 km 155m 1:7500 A4 South  
Green 3.5 km 130m 1:7500 A4 South  
S. Green 3.1 km 120m 1:5000 A4 South  
VS. Green 2.6 km 105m 1:5000 A4 South  
Light Green 2.6 km 115m 1:5000 A4 South  
Orange 2.0/2.5 km TBA 1:5000 A4 TBA  
Yellow 1.0/1.5 km TBA 1:5000 A4 TBA  
White Area not

SIAC Contactless punching available on all courses, except Yellow and Orange.  No course has more than 30 controls.

TD5 & TD4 courses planned by Martin Wilson BKO.  TD3/2 planned by Judith Wood PFO.

Recommended Age Classes:
Course: Men's classes: Women's Classes
Black M21  
Brown M35  M40  
Short Brown M18  M20  M45  M50
Blue M16  M55  M60
M35S  M40S
W35  W40
Short Blue M65
M18S M20S M45S M50S
W18  W20  W45  W50
Green M70
M55S  M60S
W16  W55 W60
W35S  W40S
Short Green M75  M80  M85  M90
W65  W70
W18S W20S W45S W50S
V Short Green M70S M75S M80S M85S W75  W80  W85  W90
W55S W60S W65S W70S
Light Green M14  M16B  W14  W16B
Orange M12  M14B W12  W14B
Yellow M10  M12B W10  W12B



Registration from 12:30 till 14:30
Starts: 13:30 to 15:00
Courses close 17:00

Entry Details

Pre-entry via SiEntries: Open date: 07/07/2018.

Specify preference for Early, Middle or Late start time. Closing date: 2/09/2018.

Entry list here.

Adult BOF: £15.00 Adult Non-BOF: £17.00.

Junior BOF: £6.00 Junior Non-BOF: £8.00

Adults competing on Yellow, Orange & Light Green only £8.00.

EOD + £2.00, limited by map availability.

Dibber hire £1.00 per event, but £40 if lost.

Registration will take entries for Sunday's L'Etape du SHI Relay. £5 per person.


Planner: Martin Wilson BKO
Organiser: Helen Ashton PFO
Controller: Tony Thornley AIRE
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

This is sheep country.  Dogs are not permitted off leads in the car park or route to the start.  No dogs in the competition area.


Toilets at Parking and at Assembly.  Traders: Rom CompassPoint.

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 Hurstwood map

About the area/map


The Hurstwood map covers 12 sq km from Hurstwood Reservoir to Cliviger wind farm.  The area has been used for orienteering on and off since the first map was produced from a photogramatic plot in 1989.  Unfortunately the origins of the map pre-date modern methods and only paper copies existed.  Today's map has been digitally recreated with the benefit of OCAD, Lidar and GPS, and has been progressively resurveyed from 2012 to 2018.

It is a large area of moors, reservoirs and a complex maze of spoils, large and small, from old mineral workings.  Unusual features include horizontal spurs, originally spoil tips, and lines of cannonball-sized stones which are slow to run along.  Shaley areas that do not impede the runner are not marked.   In many of the unworked areas there is tussock grass, shown on the map with the wide undergrowth symbol, which is generally very slow to run.  The edges of theses areas are indistinct and should not be relied upon for navigation.  The area is 95% open moorland where contour interpretaion and compass work are the key navigational skills.

We are idebted to the land owners, United Urtilities, the tenant farmer Michael Holmes, and Natural England for permission to hold events on this South Pennines SSSI area.  Sensitivities to nesting birds, peat hags and bogland are observed.

Cliviger Hushings:  Glacial eratic limestone boulders, originating from Yorkshire, littered this gritstone area like manna from heaven.  Naturally the locals made good use of this gift, leaving behind the lime extraction spoils.  Lime extracted by this method was used in agriculture and for building in earlier centuries.

Read more about Hurstwood

Image Gallery

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Start 2016,

Start 2016

Spoils from afar.,

Spoils from afar.


The "Hushings" old limestone workings.


The "Tips" old quarry workings.

Runnable woodland,

Runnable woodland

Finish 2016,

Finish 2016

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith