Spring Series (4/4)Peel Park, AccringtonSun 31 March, 2019

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: Thu 14 March, 2019

Pre Event Info

Using both the Coppice and Plantation areas.

Classic colour coded courses from Yellow to Brown for all orienteers. The area offers a wide variety of terrain for all abilities.

The whole competition area (Park, Coppice, Plantation and open moor) is popular with runners, dog walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers and orienteers. Please give way to other users.

The mill workers park and the Coppice were bequeathed by William Peel to the people of Accrington town in 1909, with the scarp of now mature conifers being planted in 1972/3. The curious maze of ditches on the top moor were dug by Italian POWs in WWII as a defence against Luftwaffe gliders landing. They were entirely successful in this endeavour, but unwittingly bequeathed some novel navigation to later generations. Plantation Road was where the mill owners great houses once stood by a cobbled highway.

Location Info

Near: Accrington
Lat,Lng: 53.75780,-2.35509
OS Grid Ref: SD766290
Postcode: BB5 6QR

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Directions / Parking

Easiest approach is from the A56 junction with the A679. From here follow Burnley Road towards Accrington centre. After 1 mile (just before a set of traffic lights) turn left into Alice Street (signed from here) then left into the Peel Park School parking area (£1 donation please) and Registration. Or satnav to BB5 6EW.

If the off-street parking (in Peel Park Primary School grounds) is full please find on-street parking in the many side streets off to the right from Alice Street. Please do not park on Alice Street itself as this is a busy thoroughfare.

Map / Terrain

Peel Park comprises a very small area of easy parkland with large adjacent areas of woodland and rough meadows, scrubland, becks, ponds and old mine workings to add interest.

The Coppice is the coniferous plantation on the hill scarp which offers open running. Above this is open moorland with an unusual pattern of ditches.

The Plantation area is mostly young deciduous woodland with old ruins and contour features.

The whole area, which is criss-crossed by an extensive path network, gives great variety at both easy and technical orienteering standards.

Registration and Start times

Registration from 10:00 to 11:30
from 10:30 to 12:00.
Courses close
at 14:00.

You can save time by downloading the EOD entry form below. Fill it in and present at Registration.

Course Information

Provisional Course Offer:
Course Length Climb Notes
Yellow 1.9 km 80m TD2
Orange 2.4 km 80m TD3
Light Green 2.9 km 115m TD4
Short Green 3.5 km 125m TD5
Green 3.9 km 155m TD5
Short Blue 4.5 km 185m TD5.
Blue 5.8 km 275m TD5. Double sided map.
Brown 8.0 km 340m TD5. Double sided map.

The map is 1:5000 printed on A4 waterproof Pretex paper. There is no symbol legend on the map, but loose copies are available from Registration. Loose control descriptions in the start lanes. Blank maps will be displayed at Registration and in the Start lanes.

There are four special symbols on the map:

- 'X' = man-made object = old gate way
- 'O' = man-made object = concrete drain cover
- open brown triangle = platform
- blue 5 pointed star = drain pipe outflow

Entry Details

EOD entries only: EOD form can be downloaded and completed in advance. See below.

BOF members: Adults £7.00, Juniors £3.00
Non-BOF competitors: Adults £9.00. Juniors £3.00
Dibber hire £1.00, but £40 if lost.

Dog restrictions

No dogs during the competition. They may be exercised in the competition area after the event.

Do not allow dogs to foul in the school grounds. There is a walking route near to Registration and parking. Please use this area and pick up after your dog.


Portaloo Toilet at Registration.

There will be a home made produce and cake stall in aid of Rosemere Cancer Foundation in Preston. Two club members, who have recently been treated here, would like to continue supporting their good works.

Should you require post-event refreshment, the Peel Park Hotel/Pub is just 100m from parking/registration. In addition to the usual pub offering they serve tea, coffee and snack meals (including pie & peas).


PFO Entry on the Day form

Contacts / Officials

For general enquiries -

Organiser: Lee Gosling PFO
Planner: Max Cole PFO
Controller: Jim Mitchell PFO