Nick 0’Pendle, Feb 28 2015

Planner and hod carrier at the Start., T Gray

Date of event: Sat 28th Feb 15
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: Clitheroe, Lancs.


Nick O'Pendle Simple results
Nick O'Pendle Splits results.

Planner's Comments:

Despite the early poor weather, the event seemed to run very well and smoothly from my point of view.  Courses were met with positive feedback, turnout across courses was good and winning times across the courses were very competitive. I'd like to echo George's thanks to those who helped throughout the day and all those at Pendle Ski Club for the use of their facilities.

Stephen Horrocks - Planner.

Organiser's Comments:

We've sorted the results problem - it was just the apostrophe in Nick O'Pendle that confused the upload routine.   Please note that on the BOF results page ranking points have only been calculated for the Blue course.  This is because points are only calculated for TD5 courses with more than 10 completed runs.  Thus only Brown, Blue, Green and Short Green might have points but only our Blue course had more than 10 finishers.

The Nick O'Pendle is characterised by wide open vistas and lots of contours, so when the weather held and the cloud lifted, fast winning times were guaranteed.   Early runners had to contend with low cloud and compass work was key.

Stephen's courses through the wide open spaces were a mix of easy lines and invisible pin points.  Everyone relished the navigational challenge though some objected to the physical demands towards the end, but that's Pendle!  We hope you enjoyed your outing.  Our thanks are due to the many competitors from clubs far and wide, some making a day of it on the way to the British nights in Leeds.

We are grateful to Catherine & Zak Marhraoui owners of Mexican and Spanish Wellsprings Restaurante for the loan of their car park (which we overflowed) and to Mark Feneley and the Pendle Ski Club for the comforts of their cafe (which many competitors patronised) for Registration.  Probably the best facilities ever for a PFO event.

Many thanks to the PFO stalwarts who managed parking (Mike, Trevor), registration (Gillian, Mary, Carole, others), road crossings (Helen, Hamish), start (Jim, Kath) and finish.
Thanks to to Stephen Horrocks and Graham for all the leg work and Tom Gray for controlling.

Next PFO events on Pendle Hill will be the NWOL Night (Sabden) & PFO Day (Barley) events on 5th and 6th December this year.  The area is large enough that you probably won't even cross the same stretch of moorland!

George Crawford-Smith - Organiser.


Original event information below here:

Note change of date to Saturday 28th February (previously 1/3/15).

Spring Series, 4 of 4.  Nick o'Pendle, Sabden, Nr Clitheroe.

The area between the Nick o'Pendle and Ogden Clough is open fell terrain consisting of a whale-back hill steepening off to the NW and SE.  There is quarry detail, spoil tips, rocky features, streams, waterfalls and deeply incised peat hags.  Runnability improves further up the slope but this is early season and braken on the lower slopes will not be troublesome.

Experienced competitors will find this to be challenging terrain.  First timers can try an easy course as a taster, then try another longer and more difficult course.  On offer will be traditional courses, suitable for all abilities.

CAGOULES COMPULSORY:  All competitors must wear or carry a wind/waterproof jacket whilst competing.  There is no shelter on Pendle Hill and it is still winter!  We further advise you to carry a hat and gloves.


events location


Nearest town: Clitheroe, Lancs.
Grid Ref: SD772390
Postcode: BB7 9HN
Latitude: 53.84654
Longitude: -2.34674
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Planner: Stephen Horrocks PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Tom Gray PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

This is sheep country - no dogs on courses.
You may exercise your dog under strict control after the event.


Parking at the Wellspings Restaurant.  How to find the Wellsprings is here.
Registration will be in the cafe of the Pendle Ski Club house.  50m from parking.  Toilets here.  Bring change for a cuppa and snacks.
If using the ski club cafe or toilets please do not wear muddy shoes.  We will deploy floor protection at download.

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Planner and hod carrier at the Start., T Gray

Planner and hod carrier at the Start.

A damn near close run thing., T Gray

A damn near close run thing.

Registration at Pendle Ski Club., T Gray

Registration at Pendle Ski Club.

James Woods on the finish line., T Gray

James Woods on the finish line.

Moody Pendle., GCS

Moody Pendle.

Winter's day over the Nick., GCS

Winter's day over the Nick.

Part of the competition area., GCS

Part of the competition area.

About the area/map

Nick O’Pendle

Open moorland. 
Nick o'Pendle 1995 map now (2014) updated with numerous new minor paths across the moorland, but water, contour and rock features are unchanged.

On the flanks of the moor the terrain is mostly runnable grassland with man-made mineral extraction detail in many places - spoil heaps, gullies, pits and old tracks.  The small wooded area to the south was felled in 2011.

A major characteristic of the moor top is the peaty soil giving rise to wet grassy ground and scattered seasonal ponds.  Only medium and large ponds are marked.

Read more about the Nick O’Pendle area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith