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Off-Road Easter with Eastern Moors Partnership at Big Moor

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Fri 3rd Apr 2015 Start Times 11:00 - 14:00


Despite rather miserable weather on Good Friday, over 60 people turned out to tackle orienteering courses on Big Moor provided by SYO. Designed largely for orienteering novices, the event attracted several family groups with no previous experience, as well as some more experienced orienteers. Finishers invariably had very wet feet but were rewarded with a chocolate treat! Everyone seemed to enjoy the event which also gave the Eastern Moors Partnership an opportunity to publicise their activities.

Thanks to Charles Hird for setting out the the controls when most of us were in the Lakes for the JK event and to Jackie Dakin and Ckive Wilson for helping to bring them in.


Not strictly an event as there will be no timing, no punching and no results.  But a chance to try orienteering with no pressure for the first time or the first time away from Sheffield.

Parking at Curbar Gap Car Park (pay and display), starts from 11:00 to 14:00.

There will be three courses:

Yellow:   2.2km
Orange: 3.8km
Long Orange: 5.7km
(To avoid disturbing ground-nesting birds, the off-path orange controls will be closer to paths than at some events)

Courses will close at 15:00

The event is for everyone from children and families  to runners looking to spice up their runs.  Cost is £3 for a map with the course printed on and a "chocolate reward" at the finish.

The event organisation is by staff from the Eastern Moors Partnership (National Trust and RSPB), with SYO providing courses, maps and mini-controls.


Venue Details

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.

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.


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