Aitken Wood - CANCELLED, Mar 4 2017

Date of event: Sat 04th Mar 17
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Barley village, Nr Pendle Hill

The Aitken Wood event on 4th March 2017 is CANCELLED.

This is due to the Stan Bradshow Pendle Round taking place from Barley on the same morning.  Recent information indicates there will be in excess of 100 extra cars parked in the village, which will mean some orienteers will have to park at least 1.0km walk away from orienteering Registration point, with a further 1km walk to the Start from there. 

Courses have been planned so we propose to re-run this event in our autumn series, provisionally as a Level C on Sunday 8th October.  Watch this space.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Start times from 11:30 (see below) due to date clash with the Stan Bradshaw Round on Pendle Hill.

This is the final event in the Spring Pendle Junior League series - courses White to Light Green, suitable for beginners and  intermediates, plus a Green course for seasoned orienteers.

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: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Judith Wood PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs on courses.  This is sheep country and it is lambing time.
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