Gawthorpe Hall, Jan 17 2015

A friendly welcome - Wendy and Lucy, Tom Gray

Date of event: Sat 17th Jan 15
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Padiham, Burnley


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Organiser's comments:

After a slow start to the day with snow covering much of the high ground around Colne, Burnley and Rawtenstall and compromising both speed and route choice, eventually those able and willing to travel arrived.  We got a fair but probably reduced turnout of 40 people making 34 competitive runs.  Conditions were slippy with wet snow lying on a wet base of leaves and mud.  

The Light Green course came in two versions: navigating on a standard map or on a selected features only map (mostly brown & blue).  Helpfull features, such as paths, tracks, a lake, green features and the magnificent Gawthorpe Hall were all missing!  Despite this, our outright LG winner mannaged to average 6:33 per km.  Quick!  

We are indebted to Nik Taylor and the National Trust for their hospitality and their warm, capacious registration room, plus free hot water for teas and coffees.  More of a common room atmosphere than of a draughty registration tent.  Talk soon turned to route choice and the technicalities of the brown/blue feature map and where next?  
[Answer:  Billington Woods & Sunny Bank on Sat 31st January.  There will be a brown/blue only map here too.  More contours than today!]

Thanks too to Judith for controlling, Gillian for planning and our cadre of helpers:  Mary, Wendy, Lucy, Jim, Mike and Tom.

All photos:  credit Tom Gray PFO. 


Pre-event details:

Spring Intro Series, 1 of 4.  Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Burnley.

Gawthorpe Hall is a National Trust property with extensive grounds comprising formal gardens and mature forest.  The grounds extend much further than the areas usually visited by the public.  In order to promote access to all of the area, in 2014 the NT commissioned a Permanent Orienteering Course (POC) in the grounds.  This event uses the POC map.

Enjoy running in the magnificent surroundings of the Hall and grounds.  If you are a first time competitor, learn about orienteering as a sport and as healthy recreation for all the family.  First timers can try an easy course as a taster, then try another longer and more difficult course.  Regular orienteers will be challenged by the longer courses.

Members of the public can obtain POC maps from the NT Estate Office.  Large groups (schools, Scouts/Guides, services etc) should contact the office to make appropriate arrangements (Nik Taylor, 01282-770353).

Nordic Walking:  Hamish Willis ihas organised a Nordic Walking Challenge which will run in parallel with the orienteering event.  

Hamish comments:  "I am pleased to announce that PFO will be holding their first Nordic Walking Challenge event at Gawthorpe Hall Burnley next Saturday 17th Jan.  The event will consist of 2 timed courses one of 3km and one of 5km. This will be in conjunction with, but separate from the orienteering event.  

"Cost is £4.00, which includes hire of poles and electronic tags.  If you bring your own poles then cost is £3.00.

"You must have had at least one session of instruction before entering the Challenge.

"Time & location as for the orienteering event.  If you need to hire poles, please contact me beforehand as there is a limited supply.
For further information contact me on 07967318501 or email".

events location


Nearest town: Padiham, Burnley
Grid Ref:
Postcode: BB12 8UA
Latitude: 53.80215
Longitude: -2.29641
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Planner: Gillian Rowan-Wilde PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Judith Wood PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

Dogs are welcome in Gawthorpe Hall grounds.  We recommend that they do not accompany you on courses, but they may be freely exercised after the event.


Toilets: at Registration.  Public toilets not open at this time of year. 
Refreshments: Tea and coffee available..
Picnic:  Unfortunately the National Trust cafe will be closed.  Bring a picnic!.

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A friendly welcome - Wendy and Lucy, Tom Gray

A friendly welcome - Wendy and Lucy

The Start - satisfied customers, Tom Gray

The Start - satisfied customers

The Hall - as seen from 103, Tom Gray

The Hall - as seen from 103

The Black Pond.  PArt of the old pit workings., Tom Gray

The Black Pond. PArt of the old pit workings.

Post event discussion., Tom Gray

Post event discussion.


About the area/map

Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Burnley.

Gawthorpe Hall is a grand Elizabethan house, though redesigned in the 1850s.  It marks the northern end of the Bronte Way because of its connections to the writings of the Brontë family.  It also houses the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection of intricate lace, embroidery and needlework.  It is run by the National Trust in partnership with Lancashire County Council.

The 110 acres of grounds used for orienteering are comprised of the formal gardens, extensive beech woodland and the area beyond which was once an open cast mine but is now young woodland and fields.  Many of the dense rhododendron bushes have been progressively cut back leaving a very runnable forest floor.

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