NWNL Night, Tockholes, Dec 2 2017

NWNL League,

Date of event: Sat 02nd Dec 17
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Tockholes, Blackburn

This is the PFO event in the 2017-18 North West Night League (NWNL) series.  The league is sponsored by BrightBikeLights.

The competition area is Tockholes Woods.  Very runnable and full of interesting features and challenging direct-line navigation.  The map has been fully revised with the benefit of Lidar contours and will be our first map using ISOM2017 symbols. 

Registration will be in the Royal Arms in Tockholes village.

Pub meals available after the event.  If you are staying for food or drink, please change first if you are wet or muddy.  Ideally you should order your meal before competing to help the kitchen cope.

Safety:  This is a winter event - WHISTLES and WATERPROOF JACKETS and RESERVE LIGHTING are MANDATORY and must be worn or carried - unless specifically relaxed by the controller.  Carrying hats, gloves, additional thermal layers and waterproof trousers may also be necessary.  
The next day, Sunday 3rd, there will be a Level C event, but starting elsewhere in Tockholes Woods.  Usual courses.

Other NW night events are:  

  • 18/11/2017  DEE Delemere Forest, Nr Frodsham
  • 02/12/2017  PFO Tockholes, Nr Blackburn
  • 13/01/2018  LOC event Venue TBA (Ulverston)
  • 17/2/2018  SROC Northern Night Champs, Nicky Nook, PR3 1BA
  • 3/03/2018  MDOC Brereton Heath Country Park, off M6/J18
events location

Location & Directions

Parking next to the Royal Arms, BB3 0PA.

Nearest town: Tockholes, Blackburn
Grid Ref: SD665215
Postcode: BB3 0PA
Latitude: 53.68914
Longitude: -2.50881
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)

Course information

NWNL Courses (provisional details):

Course: Length: Climb: Notes:
Blue 5.7k 170m TD5
Green 4.2k 120m TD5
Orange 2.5k 80m TD3

Map:  Scale 1:10000, A4 for all courses.  Updated 2017 to ISOM2017 standards.  Dangerous crags and earth banks are highlighted and MUST NOT BE CROSSED.  
A number of small features which appeared on previous maps have been removed e.g. small boulder groups and smaller rootstocks.
Blank map copy available to view at Registration.

Control descriptions:  On the map.  Loose copies on waterproof paper available at Registration and on the start line.

River crossings:  Watch for announcements about legitimate river crossing points, which will depend on the amount of rainfall in the 24 hours before the event.  Crossing points may be free to choose, restricted to bridges or to roped safety crossings.


Registration from 5:30 to 6:45PM.
Starts from 6:00 to 7:15.
Courses close at 8:45

Entry Details

EOD only.
Seniors £7.00 (M/W21+)
Juniors £3.00 (M/W20-)
Dibber hire £1, but £40 if lost!


Planner: Chris Goddard PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Tom Gray PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs on courses.


Usual pub facilities.  Vegetarian Lancashire Hotpot available, £5.00.

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 Tockholes map

About the area/map


Tockholes was voted best area in Lancashire in the recent best 100 areas in the UK listing.  

95% of the competition area is woodland covering the catchment for Rodlesworth Reservoirs.  A wide stream bisects the area with many tributaries and deep valleys on the steeper slopes.  The area is mostly mature deciduous woodland including beech, almost all of which is fast runnable terrain with minor undergrowth.  There are also areas of coniferous plantation which are slower but passable.  Some open areas and semi-open areas have seasonal growth making them slower.  Old quarry workings give inticate contour detail and ruins.  Rock features include some 10m high crags!

The whole area gives some of the best traditional orienteering in Lancashire.  Fast, runnable and intricate.

The area is open to the public and you may encounter walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders.  Please be considerate.

Tockholes was used in October 2012 for the Lancashire HotPot weekend incorporating the UK Relay Finals and Middle Distance event.

Read more about Tockholes

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith