(3/4) Calf Hey Intro, Oct 3 2015

The long view over Calf Hey Reservoir,

Date of event: Sat 03rd Oct 15
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Haslingden, Lancashire


Calf Hey results with splits.
Calf Hey Winsplits (splits analysis).

Congratulations to Rachel Smith and Tiegan Alexander, our junior, rookie planners.   There were a few issues with control placement and control descriptions,  and though some competitors noticed, no one complained.

Job well done.  Thank you for a good day out!  The bacon and egg butties were superb!

Pre-event details below here:

PFO Autumn  Intro Series, event 3 of 4.  Calf Hey.

Week by week courses are offered of gradually increasing difficulty and length.  This week, the Technical Difficulty 5 Green course is for progressing competitors and for more experienced orienteers.  See course offer.

Calf Hey offers fast running through much of the area.  However, the slopes above the reservoir are steep in places contributing to greater climb and shorter courses.  The competition area includes a good path network around the reservoir, technical conifer and beech woodland on the flanks of the valley, and open moorland on the tops.  Here there is a complex mix of pits, knolls, marshes and ruins left by old quarry workings.

WARNING:  The main car park is on the opposite side of the main road to the competition area.  The road crossing en route to the start and back from the finish will be manned, but we recommend that young children are accompanied.

PARKING:  Please see section on parking for revised instructions.

events location


Nearest town: Haslingden, Lancashire
Grid Ref: SD752231
Postcode: BB4 4AU
Latitude: 53.70407
Longitude: -2.37850
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Planner: Rachel Smith PFO & Tiegan Alexander PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Hamish Willis PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

This is sheep country - no dogs on courses.  Dogs may be exercised after the event under control.


Cafe.  Public toilets.

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The long view over Calf Hey Reservoir,

The long view over Calf Hey Reservoir

Good path network,

Good path network

Traditional forest,

Traditional forest

Steep in places,

Steep in places

About the area/map

Calf Hey

Calf Hay is a typical Lancastrian water catchment area with a mix of grazing land, forest and rough open moorland.  Old ruins, tracks and quarry workings from a past industrial age add interesting features to the area.  This gives rise to some fast running coupled with complex navigation approaching control sites.  Steep-sided water catchment ravines are difficult to cross and compromise route choice.

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith