NWNL Nick O’Pendle (re-run), Jan 16 2016

Control 112 Pit,

Date of event: Sat 16th Jan 16
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Sabden, Clitheroe


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Event report:

Cancelling the original early December event due to storm Desmond proved to be a good decision.  Torrential rain and gale force winds would have made life difficult, if not dangerous, for all concerned.  In the week leading up to the re-run of the event (maps had already been printed) we were pleased that the forecast was for a clear, moonlit, still night.  On the day the forecast deteriorated to snow with decreasing visibility and no moonlight.  Some would-be competitors may have been put off by the driving conditions, but 30+ hardy souls made it to the start line 

Even with light winds and an eerie glow from the moon, Max Cole's courses were tough in the conditions.  If you failed to spike a control, relocating could be difficult in Pendle's wide open landscape - one gully can look pretty much like another.  There was a lot of route choice especially on the long legs.

On the Blue course James Logue showed us how to do it, by nailing a very fast 48:04 (a cracking time for a summer daylight event) for 5.2k and 325m climb.    That's under 10mins/k including a lot of climb, a lot of snow and some very wet marshy bits.  Listening to post-event comments, despite the difficulties for many, everyone enjoyed the event.

We're glad we didn't have to cancel a second time.  Thank you Max!  
Thanks too to Dan & Becky at the White Hart for tolerating our wet footwear and providing some excellent meals.  
Also thanks to Gillian & Tom in the warm, and Mike, Hamish and Kate out in the cold.

Please enter your route choice in Routegadget.  We'd love to know where you went!

George Crawford-Smith - Controller.

Next NWNL events SELOC, MDOC & DEE.


Below here, original details:


DESMOND came and went.  Out of respect for weather forecasters and the safety of hardy NW Night League competitors, we postponed the December 5th event.  The courses have been planned and the map printed so we will re-run on 16th January.

FINAL DETAILS below:  (posted 13/1/2016).

This is now the 4th 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: “If purchasing on-line, quote NORTHWESTNIGHT (no spaces all uppercase) during checkout.  For queries 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 January 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 if you wish.
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 in to dry clothing if you are wet or muddy.

Safety:  This is a winter event over exposed moorland:

  • Carrying a whistle is compulsory
  • Carrying a waterproof jacket is advisable, but may be made compulsory, if conditions dictate. **
  • Carrying a spare torch is advisable.
  • Carrying hats, gloves, additional thermal layers and waterproof trousers may also be necessary.  Be prepared.
  • ** You will be advised at Registration of any requirements.  [Note 16/1/2016: snow is forecast between 6:00PM and 9:00PM.  Cagoules will be compulsory.]  

NWNL Events 2015-2016:
30/01/2016 SELOC Event, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester
13/02/2016 MDOC Event Phillips Park, Bury. incorporating Northern Night Championships at Level C.  See MDOC website for details.  Pre-entry via Fabian4.
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
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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

NWNL 2015-2016 - League standings after 3 events., NWNL 2015-2016 - League standings after 4 events.,

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Control 112 Pit,

Control 112 Pit

Control 110 Rocky Pit - by the path to Pendle Hill,

Control 110 Rocky Pit - by the path to Pendle Hill

108 Pit - highest control & Churn Clough reservoir,

108 Pit - highest control & Churn Clough reservoir

107 Depression - and the long view,

107 Depression - and the long view

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