Hurstwood National, Sep 8 2018


Date of event: Sat 08th Sep 18
Type of event: National (B)
Nearest town: Hurstwood, Burnley


Results and splits
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Please see officials reports on the SHI Individual results webpage.

Pre-event details below here:

PRE-ENTRIES NOW CLOSED:  EOD available.  See below.

SAFETY NOTE: The controller advises that:

  • that you should carry a whistle
  • in the event of bad weather  you will have to carry/wear a wind/waterproof jacket with a hood.
    In this case, signs will be displayed in the car parks. You will not be allowed to start if you are not suitably equipped.

Hurstwood National run in parallel to the Senior Home International, but with later start times.  Come early and support your home team!  SHI Finish is adjacent to the Assembly area. 

This is an open event for all orienteers over classic long distance courses.  You may enter the SHI courses, but with a later start time, to see how you fare against the nations' best. 

The village of Hurstwood is situated SE of Burnley and marks the transition from wooded lowland to open moorland.  Above the village is the water catchment for Hurstwood and Cant Clough reservoirs.  In building the dams about 100 years ago large volumes of stone were quarried locally.  The remaining spoils and tips form an dune-like intricate landscape of hills, gullies, knolls, depressions and pits mingled with marshes, streams and stone cast-offs.  Shedden Clough to the south comprises 18th century hushings from extraction of limestone from massive erratic boulders brought down from the Dales during the last ice age.   Elsewhere the moorland (rising to 1500 feet) can be tough underfoot but open, except where modern planting provides some cover.  This patchwork of terrain, gifted to us by the quarrymasters of our ancestors, provides challenging navigation and route choices for the modern orienteer.

The area has only been used sporadically for orienteering using the original 1989 paper map.  With the advent of modern mapping tools the whole area has been digitised for this event.  Shedden Clough (or South Hurstwood) was digitised first and was used for a Level C event in 2014.  The whole area was used in 2016 for PFO's Lancashire HotPot Level B.

Much of the area is protected blanket bog and is under the stewardship of Natural England.  The area is home to large populations of moorland birds and diverse grassland species.  We will not be competing through the protected areas nor during the nesting season of March 1st to August 31st.  We are grateful to the landowner United Utilities. Michael Holmes (tenant) and to Natural England for permission to use the less sensitive parts of the area for our competition.

This is sensitive countryside.  No dogs allowed.  No naked flames or smoking due to fire risk.  Take all your litter home.  Thank you.

events location


Nearest town: Hurstwood, Burnley
Grid Ref: SD881313
Postcode: BB10 3LF
Latitude: 53.78132
Longitude: -2.18561
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: Martin Wilson BKO
Organiser: Helen Ashton PFO
Controller: Tony Thornley AIRE
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

This is sheep country.  Dogs are not permitted off leads in the car park or route to the start.  No dogs in the competition area.


Toilets:  One at Parking and 3 near Assembly.  Traders: Rom CompassPoint.

Downloadable Documents

Map of route from Car Park to Assembly.,

Image Gallery

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The "Tips" old quarry workings.

The Cliviger Hushings., Noseyinround [2008-12-18]

About the area/map


The Hurstwood map covers 12 sq km from Hurstwood Reservoir to Cliviger wind farm.  The area has been used for orienteering on and off since the first map was produced from a photogramatic plot in 1989.  Unfortunately the origins of the map pre-date modern methods and only paper copies existed.  Today's map has been digitally recreated with the benefit of OCAD, Lidar and GPS, and has been progressively resurveyed from 2012 to 2018.

It is a large area of moors, reservoirs and a complex maze of spoils, large and small, from old mineral workings.  Unusual features include horizontal spurs, originally spoil tips, and lines of cannonball-sized stones which are slow to run along.  Shaley areas that do not impede the runner are not marked.   In many of the unworked areas there is tussock grass, shown on the map with the wide undergrowth symbol, which is generally very slow to run.  The edges of theses areas are indistinct and should not be relied upon for navigation.  The area is 95% open moorland where contour interpretaion and compass work are the key navigational skills.

We are idebted to the land owners, United Urtilities, the tenant farmer Michael Holmes, and Natural England for permission to hold events on this South Pennines SSSI area.  Sensitivities to nesting birds, peat hags and bogland are observed.

Cliviger Hushings:  Glacial eratic limestone boulders, originating from Yorkshire, littered this gritstone area like manna from heaven.  Naturally the locals made good use of this gift, leaving behind the lime extraction spoils.  Lime extracted by this method was used in agriculture and for building in earlier centuries.

Read more about the Hurstwood area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith