Evening event and map walk at Big Moor
Thu 14th Aug 2014 Start Times 18:00 - 19:00
9:55 Friday. Results and comments published above.
Final Details contains event details (Orange course details added 19:35 Tue), while Flyer is a publicity notice that we have helped Eastern Moors Partnership (who manage the moor) put together.
The map walk is an addition to the normal evening event courses. You can buy (£2) an orienteering map with a course linking points of historic, prehistoric and natural interest. For each point there is information on the back of the map. The full course is about 6km reaching a bronze-age stone circle. It is on paths, though the return path can be a bit boggy after rain. It can be shortened to 3km or you can turn around when you have gone far enough. There will be mini-markers to confirm you have reached the locations. This isn't a timed course; you can do it at your own pace or even do half on 14th and finish it another day, though the markers will only be there on 14th.
Since 2011 the managers, Eastern Moors Partnership, have removed sheep and introduced highland cattle to Big Moor. These cattle will eat tussock-grass, so the runnability of the moor is gradually improving.
Big Moor was used for Northern Championships in 2010. It is a large area with open moorland, the gritstone edges of Frggatt and Curbar and the steep, wooded slopes below the edges having good rock and contour detail. Runnability is variable, particularly on the open moorland. Although much of the moor is runnable and there is little heather, there are some areas of heavy-going tussocks in the middle of Big Moor. Courses are generally planned to avoid these. Deer and cattle trods can often be found to speed going.More details about Big Moor...
Safety & risk
A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. If a competitor has a pre-existing medical condition that they think should be declared, please complete a medical form at enquiries. The sealed envelope will only be opened in an emergency.
SYO has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser. Read our photography policy.