Pendle Hill, Feb 3 2013

Date of event: Sun 03rd Feb 13
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: Barley Village, twixt Clitheroe and Nelson


Provisional Results (incl splits)
RouteGadget _ Winsplits

This is the first orienteering event over the eastern part of Pendle Hill for many years.
The original paper map has been 're-mastered' into OCAD so that significant alterations, such as new fences and paths, can be added.

The competition area is roughly west, north and east of Ogden Clough including Pendle Hill for the longer courses.

Pendle Hill is a very popular and well known area for walkers and runners.  There are many paths but also many areas where few people ever go.  The terrain is generally runnable with undergrowth at a minimum at this time of year. The moorland is exposed with many peat hag details on the tops, plus rock, mining and contour features on the escarpments.  There is a large runnable wood on the scarp above the lower reservoir.  

WEATHER & EQUIPMENT:  The summit of Pendle Hill is at 557m and this is February!!  Snow and ice may be around, with additional wind-chill at all altitudes.  
The Controller has determined that WHISTLES must be carried.  
You must come prepared with a waterproof/windproof jacket as the controller is very likely to make carrying them compulsory.  Carrying hats, gloves, additional thermal layers and waterproof trousers may also be necessary.  BE PREPARED.

WEATHER FORECAST for Clitheroe/Burnley area for February 3rd.  Posted 1st February.  
Light showers early clearing up later, Humidity 94%, Visibility Poor at altitude, Temperature 6°C down to 3°C at altitude,  Pressure 1014mb, Wind Direction W, Wind Speed 13mph and higher at altitude.

events location


Nearest town: Barley Village, twixt Clitheroe and Nelson
Grid Ref: SD822403
Postcode: BB12 9JX
Latitude: 53.85864
Longitude: -2.27074
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Planner: Mike Wallis, PFO
Organiser: Bill Griffiths PFO
Controller: Alistair Tinto, EPOC
Contact: 01706 876984 or

Info for dog owners

Dogs are permitted under control in the car park and registration area. 
The controller will determine whether dogs are permitted under control on courses.


Freshly made hot vegetable soup, cakes/biscuits, tea/coffee, etc. will be available at registration.  Please support the Hall and the good ladies of the village who will be providing this service.
Public toilets at the car park.  Swings and play equipment area nearby.
Cafe at the car park.
The Pendle Inn pub, 150m from the car park, serves beverages and meals.

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