Night & DayDarwen Moor NightSat 07 December, 2019
Local 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.
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Pre Event Info
North West Night League event at Darwen Moor, near Blackburn.
NWNL league table after the first round event at Arnside Knott on 16/11/2019 can be obtained from .
Darwen Moor is Event 2 in the 2019-20 North West Night League (NWNL) series.
The league is sponsored by BrightBikeLights. Try these links:
BrightBikeLIghts Orienteering Headlight Set (2018) https://www.brightbikelights.com/product/brightbikelights-orienteering-light-set-updated/
Orienteering/Runners Headlight Ferei HL65
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Safety: This is a winter event - WHISTLES and WATERPROOF JACKETS and RESERVE LIGHTING are MANDATORY and must be worn or carried - unless specifically relaxed by the controller. Carrying hats, gloves, additional thermal layers and waterproof trousers may also be necessary.
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.
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.
The next day, Sunday 8th, there will be a Darwen Moor Regional event using some of the same area. However, parking and registration will be at a different location. Usual courses.
Other NWNL night events:
7th Dec 2019: PFO Darwen Moor, Darwen
18th Jan 2020: LOC Dale Park Graythwaite
8th Feb 2020: DEE Delamere East, Delamere
15th Feb 2020: MDOC Philips Park, Prestwich
Near: Darwen Lat,Lng: 53.69008,-2.47484 OS Grid Ref: SD687216 Postcode: BB3 2SN
Directions / Parking
On street parking in either Manor Rd (BB3 2SN) or Belgrave Rd (BB3 2SF) surrounding Bold Venture Park in Darwen. Please park on one side of the road only, to allow easy flow of local traffic.
From N, E and W exit the M65 at J4 and follow A666 in a southerly direction to Darwen centre. At the one way system, double back on yourself signed for Blackburn, but immediately bear 2nd left uphill on to Borough Rd.
From the S follow A666 north to Darwen centre. At the one way system, immediately bear 2nd left uphill on to Borough Rd.
Borough Rd leads to a mini-roundabout, turn right on to Belgrave Rd. Continue up hill to Manor Rd on your right. If you follow this perimeter road in a clockwise direction, all car parking will be on your left.
Registration is in the Ashton Kiosk (aka Darwen Scout Hut) on your left immediately after you turn into Manor Rd.
Darwen Scouts will provide warm shelter, toilets and a tolerance of muddy footwear! They will also provide soup & rolls, cakes and hot & cold drinks for a modest donation. No need to book in advance.
If you wish to warm up before competing, please use the route to the Start. Do not use terrain to either side or the park.
[ What3Words phone app coordinate for Registration is: upgrading.march.game ]
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 and mining, which has left behind many landform features. The area will provide challenging night navigation.
Registration and Start times
Registration from 5:30 to 6:45PM.
Starts from 6:00 to 7:15PM.
Courses close at 8:45PM
(subject to controlling)
1:7500 x2 sides
1:7500 x2 sides
Route to Start from Registration is 700m and 70m climb. Allow 10 minutes.
The Finish is adjacent to Registration.
New area, new map .......
Control descriptions: On the map. Loose copies on waterproof paper available at Registration and the Start.
Safety: See note above about mandatory equipment and use of mobile phones.
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 all 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.
Fence crossing: All courses will cross a fence at one of two gates nearing the Finish. Other fences may be encountered that are broken or low. These may be crossed at any suitable point.
Special man-made object symbol: The 'O' symbol represents a shooting butt. The 'X' symbol represents a sculpture.
Seniors £8.00 (M/W21+)
Juniors £3.00 (M/W20-)
Dibber hire £1, but £40 if lost!
No dogs. This is grouse country.
At Registration: Toilets and undercover changing. You may leave kit here.
Meals prepared by Darwen Scouts: Meat or Vegetarian hot meals and hot & cold drinks available at nominal cost. Please order BEFORE your run on a first come first served basis.
BOF event number: 75746
Contacts / Officials
Planner: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Kevan Latham SELOC
Organiser: Bridget Jardine PFO
For general enquiries e-mail