Witton Country Park, Feb 7 2015

Date of event: Sat 07th Feb 15
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Blackburn, Lancs


Witton Park Results and Splits.

Organiser's Report:  (Witton Country Park, Blackburn.  Level D. )

Witton Park was the 3rd in the PFO Intro Series, so it was good to see so many new faces returning for more orienteering.

The wide open spaces of Witton made much of the navigation easy, except when delving into the surrounding woodland.  Well done to Lucy for planning balanced courses at all standards.  Her brown & blue features version of the Green course challenged the best orienteers, especially if you've never been to Witton and did not know about the narrow delves leading up towards Billinge Hill.  It seems that everyone enjoyed the challenge and their day out.  

On the organisational side, Witton is easy to cover.  There is so much space that parking is never an issue and Registration, Start and Finish were all within a handspan.

Next event is at Nick O'Pendle on 28th February.


Original posting below here:

Spring Intro Series, 3 of 4.  Witton Park, Blackburn..

Witton Park, on the banks of the River Darwen, is a large well-maintained public park with lots of orienteering woodland intersperced between pitches, play areas, buildings and semi-formal areas.  Today's courses use the flanking hills and woodland rather than the rhododendron slopes of Billinge Hill. 

If you are a first time competitor, learn about orienteering as a sport and as healthy recreation for all the family.  First timers can try an easy course as a taster, then try another longer and more difficult course.  There will be a Long Technical course (brown & blue features only) for experienced orienteers.

Nordic Walking:  Hamish Willis has organised a Nordic Walking Challenge which will run in parallel with the orienteering event. 

Hamish comments:  "PFO will be holding their second Nordic Walking Challenge event at Witton Park on Saturday 7th February.  The event will consist of 2 timed courses one of 3km and one of 5km. This will be in conjunction with, but separate from the orienteering event. 
"Cost is £4.00, which includes hire of poles and electronic tags.  If you bring your own poles then cost is £3.00.
"You must have had at least one session of instruction before entering the Challenge.
"Time & location as for the orienteering event.  If you need to hire poles, please contact me beforehand as there is a limited supply.
For further information contact me on hamish.willis1@ntlworld.com".

events location


Nearest town: Blackburn, Lancs
Grid Ref: SD655266
Postcode: BB2 5LE
Latitude: 53.73602
Longitude: -2.51921
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: Lucy Wilson PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: N/a
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

Dogs are welcome in the park, but we recommend that you do not run with them on your course.
They may be exercised under control after your run.


Cafe and toilets at the main car park. 800m walk from Registration.
Or, if football is being played, at the sports pavillion nearer to Registration.  About 250m.

About the area/map

Witton Park

Witton Park, to the west of Blackburn centre, is a large well maintained area dedicated to recreation and sports.
There are playing fields, an athletics track, cafe and playgrounds in the level areas by the river.  On the flanking hills there is a complex mix of woodland and open giving good technical orienteering.  From the top of Billinge Hill there are a series of downhill MTB tracks.

Read more about the Witton Park area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith