PFO Night & DayNick o'PendleSun 03 January, 2021

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.


3rd January 2021 - Event cancelled due to Covid risk increased to Tier 4.

If it hadn't been for Tier 4 restrictions, this event would probably have gone ahead, despite the weather. Snow obliterated much of the map detail, especially at altitude, but kites would have been easier to spot. All of the main paths and most of the minor ones were well trodden, though some minor features disappeared into the whiteness. The day was mostly fair, though there was a short flurry of fresh snow mid-morning and the wind was raw at altitude. Staying in touch with the map and good compass work would have been key skills.

Such a shame we couldn't host this Regional event, but your health and wellbeing come first.

PFO's Nick o'Pendle Regional event will be rescheduled later in the year. If you were entered this time, you will receive an email with new dates in due course.


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Last updated: Sun 03 January, 2021

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Information 30/12/2020:

Due to new Tier 4 Covid restrictions in Lancashire commencing at 00:01 on 31st December, this event is CANCELLED.

All entry fees will be refunded as it is unlikely that this event can be rerun this winter. We will look to staging this event towards the end of 2021.

Information 22/12/2020:

The event is fully planned and will be as advertised below. However, government advice is that you should not travel from Tiers 1, 2 or 4 to Tier 3.

Although PFO is doing everything possible to make this event COVID-secure, attending the event is a personal choice and a personal responsibility. You must also adopt all the safety recommendations below, especially keeping 2m apart at all times.

There will be minimum of helpers to maximise social distancing at all stages of the event. Park as directed below, follow taped route to the Start, from the roadside Download tent, to arrive for your start window. There will be a marshal at the Start to set you off at 1 minute intervals, or 2 minute intervals if on same course. On finishing, go to download and depart.

If any competitor already entered feels they cannot attend, then you will be entitled to a full refund or a credit towards a future PFO event. Please e-mail the Organiser in advance.
If BOF or Government advice changes, such that we must cancel or reschedule this event, all competitors will be entitled to a refund or credit as above.

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See below for Covid Security Measures. You must abide by the guidance to ensure that orienteering can continue as a sport with minimal risk to competitors and public.

Safety: This is a winter event - WHISTLES and WATERPROOF JACKETS are MANDATORY and must be worn or carried - unless specifically relaxed by the controller. To cope with wind, rain and cold, carrying hats, gloves, additional thermal layers and waterproof trousers may also be necessary. Come prepared!

Mobile phones may be carried as a safety measure only. Help number is 07813 320936. Respect the fundamentals of orienteering and do not use your phone for navigational aid.

Control descriptions: There will be no loose control descriptions. They will be on the map and you can download them here to print and bring with you.
CDs for: Green Sh.Blue Blue Brown.
CDs for: Yellow Orange Lt.Green Sh.Green.

We are indebted to Clitheroe Estates, the landowners, for permission to use the area.

The previous evening, Saturday 2nd, there will be the NWNL Nick o'Pendle event using some of the same area. However, parking will be at a different location.

Location Info

Near: Clitheroe
Lat,Lng: 53.84665,-2.34657
OS Grid Ref: SD773389
Postcode: BB7 9HN

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Directions / Parking

If you can travel in a bubble with others and thereby reduce vehicle numbers, that will be helpful.

The main parking zone will be on the north side of the Nick, at and around the Wellsprings Restaurant and the Ski Club, BB7 9HN. It will be a combination of hard standing and road verges. Space is limited, so please park as directed and do not leave large gaps from the vehicle in front or beside you.

Approaching along the A59 is the easiest route from both the M6 (from south, west or north) or via Skipton (from east). Turn off at the new roundabout, signed for Sabden on the Clitheroe bypass. After you cross the cattle grid watch out for parking marshals who will direct you to a suitable parking spot on your left.

From the south there are numerous routes, but all pass through Sabden village. Single drivers approaching through Sabden should park where space permits before crossing the Nick, then walk roadside (do not enter the competition area) to the flagged route to the Start. 10 minutes max.

If you are approaching through Sabden, then crossing the Nick, you should continue downhill through the cattle grid, then make a safe U-turn in the corner layby on your left, so that you are travelling back uphill to park.

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Map / Terrain

The competition area comprises all of the open land between the Nick o'Pendle road and Ogden Clough. It is high and exposed. Height from 200m to 450m and there is little or no shelter, so come prepared - see clothing notes above.

Typically the area is rough open grassland, with peat in places, that is mostly runnable. There are patches of slower vegetation, including bracken (wide green pinstripe symbol) which should be low and passable at this time of year. There are many landform and rock features which are evidence of historic mineral extraction. There is one major stream but many marshes, ponds, ditches and gullies.

Marked paths are through routes that actually go somewhere! Stock tracks and minor 'dog walkers' paths are generally not marked.

Registration and Start times

There is NO EOD and NO Registration. Pre-enter online at SIEntries (Closing at midnight on 29th December). Your 15 minute start window must be selected when entering the event.

Start times from 9:30 to 11:30. Start times are early in order to vacate parking spaces early.
Courses close at 14:00.

Course Information

Course details:

Technical difficulty:


TD5, 1:10000


TD5, 1:10000
Short Blue4.8k


TD5, 1:10000


TD5, 1:7500
Short Green3.2k


TD5, 1:7500
Light Green3.1k


TD4, 1:7500


TD3, 1:7500


TD2, 1:7500

The area is not suitable for a White course.

Control descriptions will be on the map. There will be no loose descriptions, however you may download a copy from this website prior to the event. See above.

Hired dibbers can be collected at Download, situated near to roadside parking at Pendle Ski Club. Your dibber will be sanitised and bagged.

Route to the Start will be flagged from Download. (Allow 5 minutes, 300m and 40m climb.)
Route from Finish will be flagged to Download.

Entry Details

Pre-entry only via SIEntries: (Closing at midnight on 29th December).
Seniors (M/W21+): BOF £8.00, Non-BOF £10.00
Juniors (M/W20-): BOF £3.00, Non-BOF £4.00
Dibber hire £1.00, but £40 if lost!

If you feel ill or are self-isolating on the day, you must not travel to the event. Notify the Organiser beforehand and your entry fee will be refunded.

If the event has to be Rescheduled due to Covid or severe weather, you will receive a full refund by redeemable voucher (administered by SIEntries) against an entry in the rerun event or any other PFO event . A cash refund, less an administration fee, will be given if the voucher scheme is not acceptable to you.

Dog restrictions

No dogs. This is sheep country.


As a Covid security measure, there will be NO cubicle toilets provided at the event. Please make your own arrangements before you arrive.

You will be parking at or near The Wellsprings Restaurant / Bar / Cafe. The outside Cafe, where you can buy breakfast, light refreshments and drinks, opens from 8:00AM till 12:00 noon. The Restaurant is open from 12:00 noon till 7:45PM on a Sunday.


Covid Tier 3 lockdown rules that apply in Lancashire permit participation in organised outdoor sports.

Additional government information can be found here. Below are the most relevant points from the Government Tier 3 information.

The British Orienteering Code of Conduct with respect Covid19 can be found here. It conforms to current Tier 3 Government guidance.

PFO Covid Security Measures: We have adopted extra procedures at all our events both for your safety and the safety of others.

Keeping apart is important in preventing virus transmission.

Conduct whilst competing:

Contacts / Officials

Planner - Peter Stobbs PFO
- Andy Quickfall SROC
- George Crawford-Smith PFO -