PFO Night & DayNWNL Nick o'PendleSat 04 December, 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.

Last updated: Sun 04 April, 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

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: 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 5th December, 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: 53.83870,-2.34365
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

Start times from 6:00PM to 7:00PM.

Courses close at 8:30PM

Course Information

Course:Length:Climb:Technical difficulty:
Map: 1:7500


TD5, 1:7500


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

Hired dibbers can be collected at Download, situated at the cattle grid, 200m uphill from Parking.

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 near 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!

Dog restrictions

No dogs. This is sheep country.


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.


Contacts / Officials

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