NWNL Nick O’Pendle CANCELLED, Dec 5 2015


Date of event: Sat 05th Dec 15
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Sabden, Clitheroe

DESMOND came and went.  Out of respect for weather forecasters and the safety of hardy NW Night League competitors, we cancelled/postponed the event. 
We are glad we did as conditions on the hill were appalling, with up to 90mph gusts and heavy rain.  (See Carlisle new story.)  To go ahead would have risked hypothermia for anyone injured or lost with extremely difficult search & rescue to follow. 
We will find a date for the re-run - provisionally 16th January 2016.  Fingers crossed for suitable weather.

See also our report on our Pendle Hill Level C the following day.

Below here - pre-event information:

Update 4/12/2015 15:45 - NIGHT EVENT POSTPONED - due to extreme weather forecast for Saturday night, including heavy rain and 50mph (gusting 90mph) winds, the night event is postponed to another date.  See forecast in Downlaodable documents.
The Pendle Hill Level C on Sunday 6th Dec is going ahead as the storm will have passed and sunshine with moderate winds is forecast.


This is the 2nd event in the 2015-2016 North West Night League (NWNL) series, which is again sponsored by www.BrightBikeLights.com.    See this link for orienteering headlights.

Note from Trevor Jackson of BrightBikeLights: “ I've set up a discount code for NWNL competitors which gives 10% off headlights - the code is NORTHWESTNIGHT (no spaces all uppercase) and can be entered during checkout.  It currently applies to headlights but I will expand it to other lights too over the next day or so - in the meantime if anyone has any issues they can contact me on 07791 732313  or admin@brightbikelights.com"

The competition area is the open moorland and mining spoils area to the east of the Nick O'Pendle.  The map has been completely refreshed in 2015 with the benefit of Lidar.  Many contour features have been corrected and a wealth of new detail added.  The area will be challenging in the dark!

The map shown on this website is the previous version where only about 50% of the area has been updated.

Registration will be at the White Hart in Sabden.  Public car park opposite, with overflow streetside parking.
The new landlords of the White Hart are a young couple, Dan and Becky, who are looking forward to welcoming competitors for registration and download in the snug area of the main bar.  
Their evening meal menu will be changing for December but will be a similar price to the current menu - starters from £5.00, mains from £12.00 and  deserts from £6.00.  In addition there will be specials on the blackboard that are generally cheaper.  In order to help the chef with the sudden demand, we'll have a menu list at registration for you to pre-book.
Registration is immediately inside the front door on the right.  Wet footwear may be worn for this short journey after the event, but if you are stying for food or drink, please change first if you are wet or muddy.

Safety:  This is a winter event over exposed moorland - Whistles AND waterproof jackets are mandatory and must be worn or carried.  Carrying hats, gloves, additional thermal layers and waterproof trousers may also be necessary.  You will be advised at Registration of any other requirements.

The next day, Sunday 6th, there will be a Level C event on Pendle Hill, with registration at Barley village.  Usual courses. Details here.

NWNL Events 2015-2016: (Details updated 20/10/2015 - some date changes, plus one new event.)

28/11/2015 SROC Event, Sizergh Castle, Kendal
05/12/2015 PFO Event, Nick O Pendle, Clitheroe
09/01/2016 LOC Event, Birkrigg Common, Ulverston
Provisional 16/01/2016 PFO event, Nick O'Pendle re-run, Sabden, Clitheroe
30/01/2016 SELOC Event, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester
13/02/2016 MDOC Event Phillips Park, Bury. incorporating Northern Night Championships at Level C
19/03/2016 DEE Event, Little Budworth Country Park, Tarporley  << changed date and venue


events location


Nearest town: Sabden, Clitheroe
Grid Ref: SD779374
Postcode: BB7 9EX
Latitude: 53.83243
Longitude: -2.33626
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: Max Cole PFO
Organiser: Wendy Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

This is sheep country.  No dogs on courses.


Usual pub facilities.  Meals available.

Downloadable Documents

MWI Mountain Weather Info forecast for 5/12/15.,

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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