Spring Series (2/4)Gawthorpe HallSat 02 March, 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

(2/4) Spring Intro Series, Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham

Important note: This is an AFTERNOON event with first starts at 13:00. The late start enables anyone who participates in other Saturday morning sports to engage in both activities.

Event 2 of 4 of our Spring 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. You can try an easy course as a taster, then try another longer and more difficult course. Regular orienteers will be challenged by the longer technical courses.

Gawthorpe Hall website is here.

Location Info

Near: Padiham, Burnley
Lat,Lng: 53.80093,-2.29884
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.

Parking will not be in the public car park but in the staff car park. Follow O-signs and marshals directions, straight ahead then left into the courtyard. Take care as this is a pedestrian area. Overflow parking will be in the public car park.

Registration is in the corner of the courtyard.

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. Maps available from the NT Cafe when open from April to October, when the house is also open. Large groups (schools, Scouts/Guides, services etc) should contact the NT office to make appropriate arrangements (Nik Taylor, 01282-770353).

Registration and Start times

Registration: From 12:30 to 13:30
Starts: From 13:00 to 14:00.
Courses Close: At 4:00PM.

Course Information

Registration: Bring you personal dibber to Registration to speed up the process!

Course offer:

Course: Length: Climb: Technical
White 0.9k 10m Very easy
Yellow 1.2k 15m Short and easy.
Orange 2.2k 30m Moderately difficult.
Light Green 3.6k 80m Difficult.
Micr-O Sprint
4.4k 100m One person relay.

Roads: All courses will cross the access road and parking areas. 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, Light Green and Technical courses will traverse one of these fields along a designated corridor. Use only the marked crossing point stiles in and out of this field.

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

Technical Micr-O Sprint: This is a 3-leg one person relay, with some sprint-style controls. You will be advised on the start line what options you have for the order in which you may run the legs. At the end of legs 1 and 2 simply pick up your next map, and DO NOT punch the Start box. Only punch the Finish box at the end of your third leg.

Entry Details

Entry on the Day (EOD) only. EOD form below can be downloaded and completed in advance.

Entry fees: Adults (M/W21+) £5.00, Juniors (M/W20-) £2.00,

Dibber hire £1.00, but £40.00 if lost!

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: at Registration.
Refreshments: Tea, coffee and cakes.
Picnic: tables at Registration.


For general enquiries -

PFO Entry on the Day form

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Bridget Jardine PFO
Controller: N/A
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO.