PFO Night & DayNick o'PendleSun 05 December, 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.

Last updated: Sun 11 April, 2021

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: They will be on the map, available loose on the start line or 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 4th, 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

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

Directions / Parking

If you can travel 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 Clitheroe bypass at the roundabout, signed for Sabden. 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, unless otherwise directed, 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.

What3words /// coordinate is formal.liver.ushering which will place you near the head of the roadside parking.

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 4th 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 that most competitors will arrive at parking earlier than the general public.
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, available in the Start lanes, or can be dowloaded in advance (see above).

Hired dibbers can be collected at Download, situated near to roadside parking at Pendle Ski Club.

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 4th Dec or earlier if we reach our maximum of 120 competitors).
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!

Dog restrictions

No dogs. This is sheep country.


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.

Contacts / Officials

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