(3/4) Midweek Score, Sunnyhurst Woods, Jun 21 2017

Date of event: Wed 21st Jun 17
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Darwen


Simple results

A good turn out and some good results but many competitors lost points through not getting back in under 45 minutes.  Congratulation to our guests from Central Coast orienteering club in Australia who showed the locals how to do it!

"Have you remembered your compass, whistle, dibber and machete?" should have been the start line warning.  For anyone running the MAXI course, jungle warfare training would have been a useful asset.  At this time of year Sunnyhurst is in full bloom with Himalyan Balsam growing almost everywhere that Danny placed the 20 point controls.

Next Wednesday is the Finale at the Nick O'Pendle.  The terrain is open with no balsam and no brambles and no trees!  

Well done Danny for planning and placing controls.


Pre-event info below here:

Midweek SCORE Series.  Event 3 of 4.

This is the third event in the June Wednesday evening series designed for competition, practice and training.

Simple format - See below for scoring rules:

  • MAXI (21 controls) = hard score course
  • MINI (14 controls) = medium score course

Open to all abilities - novice, junior and adult competitors.

Turn up and go.

Weeks: (1) Peel Park, (2) Witton Park, (3) Sunnyhurst Woods, (4) FINALE Nick O'Pendle.

See Downloadable Documents for League Table.

events location


Nearest town: Darwen
Grid Ref: SD851333
Postcode: BB3 1JA
Latitude: 53.70207
Longitude: -2.48635
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: Danny Allen PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: N/A
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

Dogs are permitted under control.


None at Registration.
The Sunnyhurst pub is on site, but you must be a patron to use their facilities.  Food available.

Downloadable Documents

Summer Score League after 3 events. ,

About the area/map

Sunnyhurst Woods

Sunnyhurst Wood was originally used for hunting but was later sold to a local mill owner.  Later as the cotton industry declined, and to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII, the woods were given to the public and opened as a park in 1903.  

Today the 'park' is only 10% open spaces and 90% woodland (beech, oak and other native species, plus some conifer stands), which makes it excellent for orienteering.  After May, undergrowth can be thick in some parts, though other parts remain runnable all year.  There are paths in the valley bottom as well as terraced tracks high on the valley sides.  Steep paths and steps link the levels, though experienced orienteers will find other routes through the woodland. 

The area provides both easy orienteering along the many linking paths and technical orienteering should you choose to take the direct route.

Read more about the Sunnyhurst Woods area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith