Gawthorpe HallSat 01 October, 2022

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.

Last updated: Thu 28 July, 2022

Important note: This is a MORNING event with first starts at 10:30.

Event 1 of 4 of our Autumn Series.

If you are a first time competitor Gawthorpe Hall is a great venue to learn about orienteering as a sport and as healthy recreation for all the family. Regular orienteers will enjoy the longer, more technical courses.

Gawthorpe Hall website is here.

Location Info

Near: Padiham, Burnley
Lat,Lng: 53.80147,-2.29759
OS Grid Ref: SD806340
Postcode: BB12 8UA

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Directions / Parking

Gawthorpe Hall is brown signed off the A671 in Padiham. O-signs will be deployed as the turn is somewhat awkward especially when approaching from the Burnley direction (tight right turn).

Best approach from the south and west is to exit the M65 at J8, then north on the A6068 towards Padiham. Turn right (east) at the first set of traffic lights, Follow the A671 through Padiham for 1 mile to Gawthorpe Hall entrance gates (easy left turn). The single track access road has a number of tarmac passing places - please use courteously.

The public car park (on your left) has been expanded. Please park here - no charge. If there is a need, you will be directed to an overflow parking area. Take care as car parks are also pedestrian areas.

Dibber collection and download will be in the cobbled yard.

Map / Terrain

The area is comprised of formal gardens surrounding the hall beyond which is a large amount of woodland both young and mature. Much of the rhododendron cover in the woodland has been removed making for easier progress. In addition to the usual variation of vegetation there are many contour and water features. The area is bounded to the north by the River Calder.

Gawthorpe Hall is a National Trust property with extensive grounds. First built in Elizabethan times and redesigned in the 1850s, Gawthorpe Hall is now the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, associated with the writings of Charlotte Brontë. The grounds extend much further than the areas usually visited by the public.

At the Hall there is a Permanent Orienteering Course (POC) mapped and installed by members of PFO.

Registration and Start times

Starts: From 10:30 to 11:30.
Courses Close: At 13:30.

Course Information

Course offer:

Yellow1.6kTBAShort and easy. TD2
Orange2.6kTBAModerately difficult. TD3
Light Green3.3kTBADifficult. TD4
Long Orange:3.6kTBATD3, long.

Roads: All courses will cross the access road either before or during the event. Runners and drivers should proceed with caution.

Out of Bounds: All fields both adjacent to and within the competition area are out of bounds. However, some courses will traverse these fields along designated corridor routes. Use only the marked crossing points (stiles or gates) in and out of these fields.

Fences: Do not climb any fences or walls, except at designated crossing points.

Long Orange: A long course for both progressing and proficient orienteers.

Entry Details

Pre-entry on SIEntries only. Direct link to SIEntries will be advised when entries open about 6 weeks in advance.

Entry fees: Adults (M/W21+) £6.00, Juniors (M/W20-) £2.50,

Dibber hire £1.00, but £40.00 if lost! Collect your hired dibber from Download.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are welcome in Gawthorpe Hall grounds. We recommend that dogs do not accompany you on courses, but they may be freely exercised after the event. Doggy etiquette applies.


Toilets: in the cobbled courtyard near parking..
Refreshments: Tea, coffee and cakes etc at the mobile cafe - if they are in attendance on the day! Otherwise Mooch Cafe in central Padiham (opposite the Library) is recommended.


For general enquiries -

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Mary Barton-Marshall PFO
Jim Mitchell PFO
Helen Smethurst PFO.