NW Night League - Blakeholme

Part of the North West Night League series

Sat 14 Jan 2017

Since the weather forecast for Saturday is for some rain and temperatures around 0 to -1C and the start/finish is about 1km from the registration/download we are applying some additional safety considerations for the event. Please read the details which follow.

​Also, note the changes to Registraton and Start windows and the Course Close time given in the following detail.

The controls will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls. However, note that it will be necessary to punch the start and finsh controls which will not be programmed in contactless mode.

Some notes on using SIACs are attached.

Type of event: Local, Night
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sat 14 Jan


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Newby Bridge

Directions / Parking

Parking will be on the roadside at SD401887 next to the Birch Fell Plantation. The postcode given is for the farm at Gill Wood to the West of the area.

The parking will be partly in small laybys and partly on the roadside verge. If you park on the verge, please park on your left hand side of the road, with your nearside wheels well on to the verge.

Assembly is in the entrance to the new forest road, about 50m before the footpath to the start and about 150m before the eastern boundary of the forest. The location will be signed on the approach from Newby Bridge, but not from the East.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Download will be at Assembly.

Registration is open from 17.00 – 18.00 at SD401887 in Birch Fell Plantation.

Runners using their own SI cards should bring them to Registration to streamline the registration process and optimise the information accuracy for the results.

The start is open from 17.30 – 18.30, accessed using the footpath to the east side of Birch Fell Plantation. This is taped for 1200m from registration, please allow 20 minutes to walk to the start and back from the finish.

Course closure will be at 20.00 and Bearing in mind the distance from the finish back to assembly please arrive back early enough to be sure of getting back to assembly by 20.20.


Course Information

Courses will be offered as follows:

  • Orange - 2.0km / 100m / 8 controls 
  • Green - 2.9km / 140m / 10 controls
  • Blue - 4.3km / 180m / 14 controls

The Start and Finish are about 1.2km from the assembly into the forest

Note: please do not be fooled by thinking that these courses are short, for daytime events Blakeholme has winning times around 10 minute kilometre pace, and this is at night in January.

The map scale will be 1: 7,500. 

Control Descriptions will be on the map and loose copies at Registration. There will be no legend will be on the map.

Courses will close at 20.00.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

EOD only.

  • Seniors (M/W21+) £7.00
  • Juniors (M/W20-) £3.00

Normal SI cards will be available for hire at a cost of £1, but note that lost SI cards will be charged at £40.

Terrain Description

This is a typical rocky Lakeland woodland. Underfoot hazards include areas of bracken, tree roots, loose stones & rocks, and boggy areas.



This is a night event in Winter in a Lakeland forest and the weather is notoriously changeable. Since the current forecast is for light rain and a temperature of around zero to -1C and with the Start and Finish being a little over 1k from Assembly, carrying a cagoule, as well as a spare torch and a whistle, is compulsory. Carrying a hat, gloves and waterproof overtrousers is strongly recommended.

Carrying a mobile phone, for use only in an emergency, is also strongly recommended. The emergency contact number to ring is 07771 998554. If you don’t get through, leave a message. If you have to, ring 999 and ask for Mountain Rescue. If you need to get to a public road quickly, head west for the A592, but bear in mind that there will be very traffic because this road is currently closed a little further north.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Richard Tiley 01229 587457

Acting Organiser: Dick Towler (LOC) 01539 724413

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser.

Runners MUST download even if they retire so we can be sure everyone is back and that we do not need to start a search and rescue.

Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Help and Information: Anyone needing any advice about Orienteering should talk to the Organiser.

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