(3/3) Autumn Series, Aitken Wood, Oct 8 2017

Date of event: Sun 08th Oct 17
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: Barley village, Nr Pendle Hill


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Lost property:  One Karrimor waterproof jacket, red/grey, size medium.  Please e-mail georgecrawfordsmith@gmail.com to claim.

Controller's Comments:

Mike and Kath Wallis first planned today's courses back in March, our originally intended date.  That event was postponed due to a clash with the Stan Bradshaw Round fell race starting and finishing in Barley.  Parking was difficult today, but even worse in March.  You got the better deal and good weather too.

Full marks to Mike and Kath's courses which were well balanced and fully deserved the praise received from winners and followers alike ...... except, of course, the final control (129) and leg on Blue and Green.  What was the optimum route choice through the maze of clearings and passages.  Please post your route on Routegadget then we'll see.  Leading time is 1m 49secs!   

Thank you all for turning out for a stunning day in the shadow of Pendle Hill.

George Crawford-Smith - Controller.


Pre-event details below here:

This is the 3rd and final event in the Autumn Series - courses Yellow to Blue, suitable for beginners to experts.

Aitken Wood is a delightful classic runnable forest.  Longer courses will visit the adjacent moorland.

We welcome young or old, female or male, walkers or runners, beginners or experts.  If you are new to the sport come and learn about orienteering - the "Sport for All".  An experienced orienteer will be on hand to help you get started. 

Aitken Wood has some very unusual features!  It's just possible you might find one of the Pendle Witch scultures on your travels.  The easiest courses keep to the witches trails through the woods, but do not hang about too long or stray from the path.  Young children should be accompanied by a fearless guardian.

Note on Aitken Sculptures:  The sculptures vary from life size statues, to stainless steel tubework, to sawn tree trunks, to embelished root stocks and wood circles.  All are marked on the map with the Sculpture symbol - a tall isosceles triangle.

events location


Nearest town: Barley village, Nr Pendle Hill
Grid Ref: SD823402
Postcode: BB12 9JX
Latitude: 53.85856
Longitude: -2.27023
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: Mike Wallis PFO
Organiser: Hamish Willis PFO
Controller: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

This is sheep country - no dogs on courses. .
Dogs may be exercised responsibly near the car park.


At Registration:  Cafe.  Toilets.  Local pub.  Play area for young children.

About the area/map

Aitken Wood

Aitken Wood lies astride a high ridge, overlooked by Pendle Hill, steeper on the the north side than the south.   The wood is a mature conifer plantation that offers fast running for the most part.  There is also an area of old larch trees.  The Sculpture Trail, with numerous Pendle Witch inspired sculptures (all marked on the O map), winds it way through the forest.

The adjacent moorland is mostly short cropped grass, heather and reedy areas with ditch, other excavation and water features.

Read more about the Aitken Wood area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith