Autumn Series (3/4)WycollerSat 16 October, 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.
Wycoller gave us all a grand day out. Historic setting, beautiful countryside, perfect weather for orienteering, superb courses, mezmerising map memory for Tech competitors, though tough underfoot in parts! I hope you all enjoyed the challenge.
Thanks must go to all the PFO officials and helpers who rallied to the cause, many fulfilling several roles. On this occassion I think it is fitting to name them all: Judith and Andy for your welcome at the car park; Dawn for her excellent courses; David and Wendy for putting out assistance; Wendy too for the space-age design of her memory map-snippet holders (coutesy of Blue Peter and the milkman); Jim, Mary, Kay and Emma for start duties; Helen at the Finish sharing your happiness or offering compassion; the backroom boys & girls, Danny, Andy and Helen for download and results; Kevin and others from the above who collected in to complete the day. I hope I haven't missed anyone.
One bone of contention was the braken (so tall it hid many of the large ISOM boulders) now beginning to die back but still like wading through treacle if your route choice went straight through. The tallest braken was marked on the map by the narrow green pinstripe symbol, so you should have expected slow going - better to run round? Our resolve is that the next event at Wycoller will be in the winter months when the going amongst the boulders will be easier.
George Crawford-Smith - Organiser.
Is a web browser app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.
Pre Event Info
Classic long distance courses.
Wycoller Country Park and Wycoller historic village are in the heart of Bronte country, with a link to Jane Eyre. Well worth a visit, anytime.
Near: Colne Lat,Lng: 53.85199,-2.11393 OS Grid Ref: SD926395 Postcode: BB8 8SY
Directions / Parking
From the west M65, NW or SW: WEST Parking will be at the Wycoller Village Car Park close to BB8 8SY. As you approach along Wycoller Road all public traffic is directed right into the main car park. Keep to the right and park in the reserved overflow car park. There is no charge at present. (What3Words ///embellish.expired.general ). There is no vehicular access to the village.
There are two routes to the Start from West Parking. Both follow the roadside path towards Wycoller village for 400m to a road/path junction.
(1) go right over a stile, direct to the Start (600m), following a field path and a lane. Total distance from West Parking to the Start is 1.0k.
or, (2) go left via Dibber issue / Download / Toilets / Bag drop / Key-drop (450m), then to the Start (500m). Total distance from West Parking to the Start is 1.35k.
From the East (Crosshills/Glusburn, A6068) or south-east (Haworth/Stanbury): EAST parking (What3Words ///cinemas.dignitary.hammer ) is available at the Atom Panopticon and then walk down to Wycoller village (550m), bearing half-left as soon as you leave the open fields. Dibber issue etc. are at the bottom of the hill beside the lake. The Start is a further 500m from here. Total distance from East Parking to the Start is 1.05k.
The Finish is 200m from Download.
Map / Terrain
Map scale 1:7500. A4.
Wycoller Country Park consists of grazing fields, rough pasture, woodland, open moors, with many large rock and water features. The historic village of Wycoller forms the backdrop to the event.
Wycoller Country Park is both a public recreation area and a working farm. Stock animals may be encountered in some fields. Please give them a wide berth.
Registration and Start times
Starts: From 13:00 to 14:15.
Courses Close: At 15:30
On-line only via SIEntries. Open from 16th October.
Entry fees: for both BOF members and non-BOF individuals.
Adult (M/W21+) £6.00,
Junior (M/W20-) and full time students £2.50.
Dibber hire £1, but £40 if lost.
If the event needs to be cancelled the PFO Event Cancellation Policy will apply.
No dogs on courses. This is sheep country. You may exercise your dogs at parking or after the event. Usual doggy etiquette.
Toilets at Dibber issue/Download.
There is a kiosk cafe (card payments accepted) in the centre of the village, near the ford, serving tea, coffee, refreshments, ice cream and snacks. OPen 10AM till 4PM weekends.
Wycoller Hall is thought to be “Ferndean Manor” in Charlotte Brontes novel “Jane Eyre”.
"The manor-house of Ferndean was a building of considerable antiquity, moderate size, and no architectural pretensions, deep buried in a wood. I had heard of it before……. To this house I came just ere dark on an evening marked by the characteristics of sad sky, cold gale, and continued small penetrating rain. The last mile I performed on foot, having dismissed the chaise and driver with the double remuneration I had promised. Even when within a very short distance of the manor-house, you could see nothing of it, so thick and dark grew the timber of the gloomy wood about it. Iron gates between granite pillars showed me where to enter, and passing through them, I found myself at once in the twilight of close-ranked trees."
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Dawn Figg PFO
Organiser and general information: