Hurstwood National, Sep 8 2018

Start 2016,

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

Hurstwood National run in parallel to the Senior Home International, but with later start times.  Come and support yoour home team!

This is an open event for all orienteers over classic long distance courses.

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 both the landowner United Utilities and to Natural England for permission to use the less sensitive parts of the area for our competition.

events location

Location & Directions

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.

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 Offer:
Course: Length: Climb: Map: Notes:
Black     1:10000 A3  
S. Brown        
S. Blue        
S. Green        
VS. Green        
Light Green        
Yellow     1:7500 A4  
White       Area not

TD5 courses planned by Martin Wilson BKO.  TD4/3/2 planned by Judith Wood PFO.


Registration from 12:00 till 14:00
Starts: 13:00 to 14:30
Courses close 16:30

Entry Details

Pre-entry TBA.
Limited EOD


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

Info for dog owners

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


Toilets.  Limited catering.

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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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