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Regional Night Event at Ecclesall Woods

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Sat 25th Nov 2017

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Ecclesall Woods is a wonderful ancient woodland. The orienteering is surprisingly complex and the more technical courses will provide significant challenge to the experienced orienteer.  There is a novice course suitable for newcomers and less experienced juniors.

This event is a counter in the YHOA Night league.  There is flexibilty in choice of courses to count, full information can be found in the rules.

Parking - along Whirlowdale Road S7 2NG; registration in white car with O kite on roof, towards junction with Abbey Lane.

Fees - Entry on the day only. Adults £9 ( £7 members)  Juniors, students  & adults on the Novice Course £3. Pairs welcome - just pay for 1 entry. SI card hire £1, lost SI card compensation £30


Start times

Courses close*

17 00-18 30

17 30 – 19 00

20 15

*Please note & time your start earlier if you think you may take a long time

Start & Finish - Close to parking on Whirlowdale road.



Length (km)

Climb (m)










Short novice



All Night courses cross Abbey Lane at a 90 second timed out crossing both ways. They will be manned.

Control Descriptions - Control descriptions will be printed on the maps.  Loose control descriptions will be available in the start lanes.

Safety - Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Please carry a spare torch at the night event. The area is used by many dog-walkers, please be courteous. Cagoules may be compulsory. No whistle, no go. Inexperienced juniors should be shadowed.


Map & terrain

1:7,500 (A4) for all courses at both events. Update 2017 by Ian Cooper ISOM 2017.

There are a lot of out of bounds on the new map, you must observe these, do not cross them unless there is a marked crossing, this is a requirement of our use of the area. These are all ecological; Eccesall woods have a population of native white clawed crayfish in all the streams. Many populations in other areas have been devastated by crayfish plague, a fungal disease carried by imported American crayfish. Do not go into the streams, use marked crossing points. Please wash and dry or disinfect your footwear before coming to the event. Thank you for keeping these at risk animals safe. Some OOB are marked with a border to make the areas to avoid clearer to see  - these are not taped on the ground. Some streams simply have crosses on them, crossing points are marked in the normal way. Please look at the map available at registration before you start. Ecclesall woods is a fantastic area but we do need to ensure that we are able to use it in the future, so must take care of all its ecology. It is heavily used by the public so is under a lot of pressure and permission is very hard to obtain.

The woods are mixed deciduous & holly with an extensive & complex path network, smaller paths can be difficult to see under fallen leaves. There are curiosities such as the grave of George Woodley, a woodsman who apparently now haunts the woods & an Iron Age decorated megalith which some courses have as a control.

Hides which are transient & significant trees are not mapped, the latter because there are too many.


Dogs - Permitted throughout the area but under control and preferably on a lead.

Officials:          Planner:            Colin Drury       (SYO)
                         Controller:        Clive Wilson     (SYO)
                         Organiser:        Lucy Wiegand   (SYO) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07952 688968





Venue Details

Ecclesall Woods comprises over 100 hectares (300 acres) of mature deciduous woodland of variable runnability and is notable for a large number of thickets. The gently sloping land is divided by two roads and a network of bridleways, footpaths, streams and ditches. Some of the minor paths have become overgrown or are difficult to discern when covered by autumn leaves.

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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