CANCELLED - Tockholes RegionalSat 16 May, 2020

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.


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Last updated: Tue 17 March, 2020

Pre Event Info

Tockholes long distance Regional event.

This event takes place during the week of 'World Orienteering Day 2020'. In 2019 there were 398,712 participating runs. Your run at Tockholes will contribute towards the 2020 world total.

This event will also commemorate our PFO lifetime member, Maureen Ashton, who passed away in 2019. PFO will be raising funds through a cake stall, the proceeds from which will be donated to the cancer hospice charity that treated and cared for Maureen throughout her illness.

Location Info

Near: Blackburn
Lat,Lng: 53.68451,-2.50969
OS Grid Ref: SD665213
Postcode: BB3 0PA

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Directions / Parking

[ What3Words phone app coordinate for parking and Registration is: sway.cringe.sofa ]

Field parking next to the public car park & visitor centre at Tockholes woods.

Best approach from M6 north and south, and from the east is via the M65. Exit at J3 and head south on the A675 for 6k, past Tockholes Woods on your left to a T-junction left signed "Tockholes". Or from Bolton and the south follow A675 northwards to the same "Tockholes" junction on your right.

Turn here, then after 2.5k, the parking field is on your right. Please follow marshals instructions as the gateway is narrow and other traffic uses this road, often at speed. Mini coaches can use this field entrance, but anything wider or longer should use the public car park some 100m further north on your right. Use only the back half of the car park (front half is private for patrons of the Royal Arms and Vaughn's Cafe) or the semi-circular gravel area inside the bus turn. Do not obstruct the bus turn.

£1 parking donation will be collected inside the gate, then park as directed. Proceeds go to a local good cause.

Map / Terrain

Tockholes Woods have been used for orienteering for over 50 years!

The woods cover a large part of the catchment area for two reservoirs. The main feeder stream has a network of side streams, whilst the woods boast superb runnable terrain with a great variety of features both natural and man-made. There is a mix of beech wood, other deciduous wood and a some areas of conifer.

Registration and Start times

Important note: Start times for this event are 1 hour later than usual. See below.

Registration/Enquiries: From 11:00AM to 1:00PM.
Starts: From 11:30AM to 13:30PM. Open start times.
Courses Close: At 3:30PM.

Course Information

Length:Climb:Technical difficulty / Scale:
Short Blue:TBATBATD5


Short Green:TBATBATD5
Light Green:TBATBATD4

Route to Start from Registration TBA.
Return route from the Finish TBA.

Control descriptions: On the map. Loose copies on waterproof paper available in the Start lanes.

Safety: Whistles should be carried. Depending on the weather wearing or carrying a waterproof jacket may be mandatory. Watch for signs. Be prepared.

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

Entry Details

EOD only . Save time and complete your entry form beforehand. PFO EOD form can be found below.
Adults (M/W21+) BOF members £8.00 (non-members £10.00)
Juniors (M/W20-) BOF members £3.00, (non-members £4.00)
Dibber hire £1.00, but £40.00 if lost!

Dog restrictions

No dogs on courses.
Dogs may be freely exercised in the competition area after your run. Or you can follow the right of way towards Darwen Moor. Please use a leash in the parking field and in other fields as this is sheep country.


'Portaloo' toilets at Registration.
The Royal Arms, Vaughn's Cafe and public toilets are next to Registration.


Download the EOD entry form in advance. Complete and hand in at Registration.
PFO EOD Form v4 two per sheet

BOF event number: 76576

Contacts / Officials

Planners: Bridget Jardine PFO and Gillian Rowan-Wilde PFO
Jim Mitchell PFO
Helen Smethurst PFO

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