Peel Park & Coppice, May 21 2017

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Date of event: Sun 21st May 17
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: Accrington, Lancs

Classic colour coded courses from White to Blue for all orienteers.

The whole competition area (Park, Coppice, Plantation and open moor)  is popular with runners, dog walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers and orienteers.  Please give way to other users.

Peel Park comprises a very small area of easy parkland with large adjacent areas of woodland and rough meadows, scrubland, becks, ponds and old mine workings to add interest.
The Coppice is the 1970's coniferous plantation on the hill scarp which offers open running.  Above this is open moorland with an unusual pattern of ditches.
The Plantation area is mostly young deciduous woodland with old ruins and contour features.  Longer courses will visit this new area.
The whole area, criss-crossed by an extensive path nextwork, gives great variety at both easy and technical orienteering standards.

The mill workers park and the Coppice were bequeathed by William Peel to the people of Accrington town in 1909, with the scarp of mature conifers being planted in 1972/3.  The curious maze of ditches on the top moor were dug by Italian POWs in WWII as a defence against Luftwaffe gliders landing.  They were entirely successful in this endeavour, but unwittingly bequeathed some novel navigation to later generations.  Plantation Road was where the mill owners great houses once stood by a cobbled highway.

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Location & Directions

Easiest approach is from the A56 junction with the A679. From here follow Burnley Road towards Accrington centre. After 1 mile (just before a set of traffic lights) turn left into Alice Street (signed from here) then left into the parking area and Registration or right into the side streets.
If the off-street parking (in Peel Park Primary School grounds) is full please find on-street parking in the many side streets. Please do not park on Alice Street itself as this is a busy thoroughfare.

Nearest town: Accrington, Lancs
Grid Ref: SD766290
Postcode: BB5 6QR
Latitude: 53.75773
Longitude: -2.35509
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Course information

Course Offer:
Course Length Climb Notes
White 1.0 to 1.9 km TBA  
Yellow 2.0 to 2.9 km TBA  
Orange 2.5 to 3.5 km TBA  
Light Green 3.0 to 4.0 km TBA  
Short Green 3.0 to 4.0 km TBA  
Green 3.5 to 5.0 km TBA  
Short Blue 4.5 to 6.5 km TBA  
Blue 5.5 to 7.5 km TBA  

The map is 1:5000 printed on A4 waterproof Pretex paper.  There is no legend on the map, but loose legends are available at Registration if you need them.

Times

Registration from 10:00 to 11:30
Starts from 10:30 to 12:00.
Courses close at 14:00

Entry Details

EOD entries only: Adults £9.00 (BOF £7.00), Juniors £3.00 (BOF £3.00).
Dibber hire £1.00, but £40 if lost.

Officials:

Planner: Gillian Rowan-Wilde PFO
Organiser: Hamish Willis PFO
Controller: TBA
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs during the competition.  They may be exercised in the competition area after the event.
Do not allow dogs to foul in the school grounds.  There is a walking route near to Registration and parking.  Please use this area and pick up after your dog.

Facilities

Portaloo Toilets.

PFO Junior cake stall.

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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Peel Park

Original event details below here:

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The whole competition area (Park, Coppice, Plantation and open moor)  is popular with runners, dog walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers and orienteers.
Peel Park comprises only a small area of easy parkland with adjacent areas of woodland and rough meadows, scrubland, becks, ponds and old mine workings to add interest.
The Coppice is the 1970's plantation on the hill scarp which offers open running.  Above this is open moorland with an unusual pattern of ditches.
The Plantation was added to the competition area in 2012.  It is mostly a young plantation with old ruins and contour features.
The whole area,criss-crossed by an extensive path nextwork, gives great variety of both easy and technical orienteering.

The mill workers park and the Coppice were bequeathed by William Peel to the people of Accrington town in 1909, with the scarp of mature conifers being planted in 1972/3.  The curious maze of ditches on the top moor were dug by Italian POWs in WWII as a defence against Luftwaffe gliders landing.  They were entirely successful in this endeavour, but unwittingly bequeathed some novel navigation to later generations.  
Plantation Road was where the mill owners great houses once stood by a cobbled highway, but now the house grounds are a plantation where you can now run under the canopy.

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith