Night & DayDarwen Moor Day RegionalSun 08 December, 2019

Regional level event

Explanation of Event levels

  • Training events are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport.
  • Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Most clubs run some 'mini series' throughout the year as local mid week events.
  • Regional events attract participants from around the local Region.
  • National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away,
  • Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships or the annual JK competition.

Last updated: Thu 05 December, 2019

Pre Event Info

Darwen Moor is a new area for orienteering.

Darwen Moor is managed moorland and a water catchment area. Past quarry activity has left its mark. It is high and exposed so dress accordingly.

The orienteering map is at a scale of 1:10000 for longer courses and 1:7500 for shorter courses.

The previous night, Saturday 7th, there will be a NWNL Darwen Moor Night event over some of the same terrain. Night Orange, Night Green and Night Blue courses only. However, night Registration will be in a different location to the day Registration.

We are indebted to the landowners for permission to use the area - United Utilities, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and David Livesey, owner of land and shooting rights.

Location Info

Near: Blackburn
Lat,Lng: 53.68451,-2.50969
OS Grid Ref: SD664210
Postcode: BB3 0PE

Open an interactive map in:
GoogleMap - Streetmap (OS 50k)
OpenStreetMap - BingMap (OS 50k)

Directions / Parking

At New Barn Farm off Tockholes Road (same as for some previous Tockholes Woods events).

Best approach from M6 north and south, and from the east is via the M65. Exit at J3 and head south on the A675 for 6k, past Tockholes Woods on your left to a T-junction left signed "Tockholes". After 2k, New Barn Farm access track is on your right.

From Bolton follow A675 northwards to "Tockholes" junction on your right. After 2k, New Barn Farm access track is on your right.

£1 parking fee, then park as directed. Parking field is currently much firmer underfoot than when we last parked here!

[ What3Words phone app coordinate for Registration is: grownup.midwinter.edge ]

Map / Terrain

Darwen Moor, most notably identified by Darwen Tower visible from the M65, is a wild area of upland vegetation. There has been historic quarrying, which has left behind many landform features.

Registration and Start times

Registration/Enquiries: From 10:00AM to 12:00AM.
Starts: From 10:30AM to 12:30PM. Open start times.
Courses Close: At 2:30PM.

Course Information

Length:Climb:Technical difficulty / Scale:
1:10000 - x2 sides
1:10000 - x2 sides
Short Blue:4.9k135mTD5 - 1:7500
Green:3.6k90mTD5 - 1:7500
Short Green:3.1k70mTD5 - 1:7500
Light Green:3.3k65mTD4 - 1:7500
Orange:3.2k60mTD3 - 1:7500
Yellow:2.0k45mTD2 - 1:7500

Route to Start from Registration is 800m almost level, then a with 40 steep climb to the Start line. Allow 10 to 15 minutes.
Return from the Finish is 150m downhill.

Control descriptions: On the map. Loose copies on waterproof paper available in the Start lanes.

Safety: This is a winter event over high exposed ground - WHISTLES and WATERPROOF JACKETS are MANDATORY - unless specifically relaxed by the controller. Hypothermia is a real risk so carrying hats, gloves, additional thermal layers and waterproof trousers may also be necessary. Be prepared.

Mobile phones may be carried as a safety measure only. Help number is 07546-147925. Respect the fundamentals of orienteering and do not use your phone for navigational aid.

TERRAIN and MAP notes: See also thumbnail in the images section.

The area is characterised by gently undulating moorland top, but with steep escarpments to the west, north and east. Vegetation is variable.

Pits and Depressions: There are lots! Many are widely separated and therefore marked individually on the map. However, others are in clusters and too numerous to mark all separately. In this case the most distinct depressions are marked with less prominent ones shown as surrounding broken ground. DANGER: Do not run through any depressions, large or small, as many have bouldery bottoms hidden by grass or water and may also have secondary drops. Only enter depressions that have a control in them and only on the side where the kite is located. Always run around other depressions.

There is a small area of pits and depressions that has been marked as OOB on the map. However a good path passes through the middle of this area. Stakes and tapes will indicate where you MUST keep to the path and watch for steep drops to either side.

Ponds: All ponds are man-made. All are marked on the map with an uncrossable bank line. They are of uncertain depth - you must keep away from the edges.

Undergrowth: 90% of the area is open moorland of variable runnablility. In general the higher up you are the easier the terrain. The slowest parts are indicated by the "Undergrowth - Slow Running" (wide green pinstripe) symbol. The boundaries are not exact and should not be relied on for navigation. Brambles, bracken and gorse only grow low down on some of the scarp slopes.

Linear Trace (same symbol as a Forest Ride): Parts of the moor have had vegetation removed providing good running in one direction. Generally there is no path. These lines are indicated by the "Linear Trace" symbol.

Plank bridges: There are a number of wooden plank bridges in the southern half of the area. They are very slippery at this time of year. Take great care

Mandatory stream crossing: Green and longer courses will cross a stream at a mandatory, and safest, point. Follow a taped funnel from a gateway to the stream. Downstream it is deep and steep and dangerous. Upstream is fenced with difficult vegetation.

Fence crossing: All courses will cross some fences at mandatory crossing points which will be gates, stiles or natural breaks. Do not cross any fence highlighted with a purple "Uncrossable Boundary" symbol. Fences shown as broken/low may be crossed at any suitable point. There are also some optional crossing points shown, which only affect some courses.

Special man-made object symbol: The 'O' symbol represents a shooting butt. The 'X' symbol represents a sculpture.

Entry Details

EOD only .
Adults (M/W21+) BOF members £9.00 (non-members £11.00)
Juniors (M/W20-) BOF members £4.00, (non-members £5.00)
Dibber hire £1.00, but £40.00 if lost!

Dog restrictions

No dogs on courses. This is grouse country.
Dogs may be freely exercised in Tockholes Woods adjacent to parking, but must be on a leash in the parking field. This is sheep country.


Toilets at Registration.
Vaughn's Cafe and public toilets are 500m north of Registration.


BOF event number: 75747

Contacts / Officials

Planner: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Kevan Latham SELOC
Bridget Jardine PFO

For general enquiries e-mail