Spring Wood, Jun 11 2014

Date of event: Wed 11th Jun 14
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Whalley, Lancs


Results for Springwood June Score 11-06-2014
League standings after 2 events.

Another great evening - good weather, a bit slippery here and there, and June undergrowth!   Anyone in shorts came off second best.

The league standings after 2 events are available now.  Congratulations on topping the tables to Peter Stobbs (1st MAXI) and George Allen & Chloe Parkinson+1 (1st= MIDI).

Next week is at Brun Valley Forest.  New registration location.  Check the new Location & Directions before travelling.


Original event info below here:


This is the second event in the June Wednesday evening series.

Evening series designed for competition, practice and training.
Simple format – Open to all abilities - Turn up and go.

June Score Series Events:
Week: Date: Area: Location: Car Park:
2 11th Jume Spring Wood Whalley Spring Wood
CP.  BB7 9TD
3 18th June Brun Valley Burnley Rowley Lane CP.
BB10 3LE
25th June Peel Park &
The Coppice
Accrington Left at top of
Peel Park Av,
hairpin to CP.


events location


Nearest town: Whalley, Lancs
Grid Ref:
Postcode: BB7 9TD
Latitude: 53.82053
Longitude: -2.39357
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Organiser: TBA
Controller: N/a
Contact: Series coordinator -

Info for dog owners

Dog are permitted under close control.


Public toilets.

About the area/map

Spring Wood, Whalley

Spring Wood is a traditional orienteering wood comprising runnable woodland set on a steepening hillside with small quarries and outcrops around the top of the hill.

There is contour detail from historic excavation, plus a mix of thicket, rock and water features. The area is a favourite with dog walkers as there are many paths, which makes it suitable for easier courses.  For more experienced orienteers there are many point features and alternative route choices.

For many years the area has been characterised by rhododendron bushes.  Due to their implication in spreading Sudden Oak Death, amongst other tree diseases, the rhododendrons in Spring Wood have been felled (2011/2012/2013) and in some cases burnt.  For the orienteer this has meant the disappearance of almost all of the areas of fight and, in their place, the appearance of brashings.  Some brashings are impassable (double hatch vertical green screen on the map) and some slowly passable (single hatch screen).  A few clumps, presumably not diseased, have been left standing and shown dark green, as are the more substantial hollybushes.  Interestingly, the rhododendron roots have not been killed and so new shoots are already appearing.  It remains to be seen whether fresh growth will be permitted or cut back once again.  

The most likely outcome is that the map will need updating again soon.

The map was extended for the event in January 2014 and now includes an area of rough land crossed by many tracks and bike trails.   This adds distance and interest to the original mapped woodland.  An underpass enables courses to cross the main road in safety.

Read more about the Spring Wood, Whalley area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith