PFO Night & DayNWNL Nick o'PendleSat 02 January, 2021

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.


2nd January 2021 - Event cancelled due to Covid risk increased to Tier 4.

The planning and organising team have been back on the hill retrieving control markers pegs, difficult to find under snow, up to 8 inches on the moor tops!

The night event would probably have gone ahead, despite the snow, as most paths had been well trodden, the weather was fair and the moon was up. Staying in touch with the map would have been very tricky. Good compass work would have been paramount.

Such a shame we couldn't host this NWNL event, but everyone's health comes first.

PFO's Nick o'Pendle NWNL 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

Pre Event Info

Part of the North West Night League series.

There will be no legend on the map. Download a standard symbol set here: PFO 10000 legend ISOM2017

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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 staged 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 for your start window, self-start at 1 minute intervals on the clock, run, Finish, download and depart.

If any competitor already entered feels they cannot attend, then you will be entitled to a 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.

The NWNL has been sponsored by BrightBikeLights. for the last 9 years.

Chris Rostron, organiser of the NWNL, comments "Please check out their new O-lights offer for 2020/21. The new M-TigerSports Orienteering lights have been designed and tested in Sweden over a number of years. They look very impressive with light units getting smaller and smaller, yet more powerful every year."

Safety: This is a winter event over high exposed moorland - WHISTLES and WATERPROOF JACKETS and RESERVE LIGHTING 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. Be prepared!

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

Safety bearing: If retiring, proceed in a roughly SW direction. Many paths lead this way. When you reach the Nick o'Pendle road, follow it southwards to Download. You MUST report your retirement here.

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: Night Orange Night Green Night Blue.

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

The following day, Sunday 3rd January, there will be a Nick o'Pendle Regional event using some of the same area. However, parking will be at a different location. Usual courses.

Other NWNL night events:

Location Info

Near: Clitheroe
Lat,Lng: 53.83842,-2.34309
OS Grid Ref: SD775380
Postcode: BB7 9HJ

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Directions / Parking

Approaching along the A59 is the easiest route from both the M6 (from south, west and north) or via Skipton (from east). Turn off at the new roundabout, signed for Sabden on the Clitheroe bypass.

From the south there are numerous routes, but all pass through Sabden.

Park at the tarmac car park 200m south of the cattle grid between the Nick and Sabden. Nearest Postcoide is BB7 9HJ on the outskirts of Sabden. If the car park is full there is some roadside parking nearby both above and below the cattle grid. Please park sensibly to maximaise the capacity of this small car 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 250m 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 is 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 lead somewhere! Stock tracks and occasional '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 31st December). Your start window (in 10 minute blocks) must be selected when entering the event.

Start times from 6:00PM to 7:00PM.
Courses close at 8:30PM

Course Information

Technical difficulty:
Map: 1:7500


TD5, 1:7500


TD5, 1:7500
Orange:2.4k90mTD3, 1:7500

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 at the cattle grid, 200m uphill from Parking. Your dibber will be sanitised and bagged.

Route to the Start will be flagged 200m from the car park to Download, then a further 180m from here to the Start.
Route from Finish will be flagged to Download, approximately 50m.

Entry Details

Pre-entry only via SIEntries:
Seniors £7.00 (M/W21+)
Juniors £3.00 (M/W20-)
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.

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.

If you are a patron of the Wellsprings Spanish and Mexican Restaurant at BB7 9HN, next to the ski slope, you will find facilities there. Check opening times before you travel as Covid restrictions may apply.


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

Additional government information can be found here.

The British Orienteering Code of Conduct with respect Covid19 can be found here.

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 -