Dean Clough Level C Day Event, Dec 8 2013

The long view over Dean Clough to Pendle Hill.,

Date of event: Sun 08th Dec 13
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: York village, nr Blackburn


Results (including Splits)
RouteGadget - - Winsplits

Controller's comments:
It was a pleasure to work with John Ashton again, as the final courses needed few adjustments from his original ideas.  John's daughter Helen organised impeccably, and ensured that all PFO helpers had the opportunity to compete if they so wished.  We were highly delighted with the attendance for both events, and we were pleased to receive so many positive comments from competitors. Congratulations to all course winners and, in particular, James Logue who galloped round the Brown course of 7.8km in a scarcely believable time of 45 minutes, almost 11 minutes ahead of the field!

Jim Mitchell PFO - Controller.

Organisers comments:
We had lots of encouraging comments from competitors (and no, not just PFO members). Competitors enjoyed both the day and night events. The numbers of competitors was good, 59 on the Saturday night and 89 on Sunday - thank you to everyone who competed, especially those who came to both.  Dean Clough is a runnable area and the addition of Billington Wood and the linking scarp (quarry, gorse and crags)  to the original area proved popular. 
A huge thank you to everyone who helped before / today / after the event.  Both events run very smoothly.

The Lord Nelson are happy to have us back in the future.  PFO will be making a donation to their favouite charity on your behalf.  (More details when we have them.)

Helen Ashton PFO - Organiser.

Original pre-event info below here:

====================================The area provides good fast running with technical challenge and route choice options.

Terrain:  The competition area is a combination of fields, rough pasture and woodland that is the catchment area for Dean Clough reservoir.  There are old excavations, walls, fences, ruins, contour and rock features.
Map:  The area has only recently been brought back into orienteering use.  The map was updated in July/August 2012 for changes to the woodland runnability and additional crossing points due to greater public access and changes in the field boundaries. A map extension of woodland and contoured scarp has been added in 2013.

events location


Nearest town: York village, nr Blackburn
Grid Ref: SD709335
Postcode: BB6 8DU
Latitude: 53.79623
Longitude: -2.44323
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: John Ashton PFO
Organiser: Helen Ashton PFO
Controller: Jim Mitchell PFO
Contact: - for general enquiries.

Info for dog owners

No dogs on courses - this is sheep country.
Dogs permitted around the car park, but be aware that the parking layby is on a busy and fast road.  We recommend that dogs are kept on leads around the car park. .


The Lord Nelson pub (250m from registration and on the way to the start) have agreed to us using their toilets in exchange for our donation to their favourite charity.  Please, no dirty shoes in the pub.

After the event, make use of their extensive and reasonably priced menu, from soup to steaks.  You may pre-order to avoid the rush!

Image Gallery

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The long view over Dean Clough to Pendle Hill.,

The long view over Dean Clough to Pendle Hill.

View over Dean Clough reservoirs towards Pendle Hi,

About the area/map

Dean Clough

Dean Clough is the water catchment area for two reservoirs west of Great Harwood.  The area is very runnable, being mostly sheep grazed rough open fields, but with drainage features, old workings, plantations and ruins.  The largest plantation offers good technical orienteering.  An extension to the north-east of the original map was added for the Night & Day event in December 2013, comprising Billington wood and Spring Bank.  This extension adds some classic forest, steep scarp, quarry, crag and gorse features).

Read more about the Dean Clough area and map


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Posted by Steve Wilson