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Middle Distance Regional Event at Hugset

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Sun 20th Jan 2019

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  • pair size 9.5 black/red saloman
  • pair Quecha 5 ankle boot

Contact organiser (details below)

Join us for fast & furious middle race through the old mining remains of Hugset. The huge bell pits and wealth of other contour detail offer a real technical challenge to the experienced orienteer, whilst the good path network caters for newcomers and younger juniors. 

Hugset Bell Pits lidar image

Environment Agency Lidar Image of Hugset's iron ore bell pits

Details updated 11/1/19.


PARKING  - At Koyo Bearings S75 4LS. SE308056. Access via roundabout on A628, turn towards Silkstone Golf Club. 1.5km to assemby.

PRIORITY PARKING / EMERGENCY ACCESS - Pog Well Ln, Higham, Barnsley, S75 1PJ (Lat/long: 53.557837, -1.53564, grid reference: SE308069).  300m to assembly.


The north-west part of Hugset Wood has so far largely resisted the invasion of brambles and offers fast running, some contour detail and numerous significant pits and depressions, as well as some attractive tracks for the junior courses. To maximise enjoyment of this great terrain, we have kept course lengths down, but with a high control density to provide good technical challenge.


1:5000, 2.5m contours. Updated Dec 2018 by Peter Gorvett.

map extract Hugset

As the case at Tankersley, the small depression symbol has been used for some quite large depressions, up to 5m diameter.

A number of wooden shelters ("dens"), one with a small palisade and in various states of (dis)repair have all been shown with a black cross, as have hides.

There are two building remains near the NE edge of the map which have confused competitors in the past as one has been mapped as a depression and one as a ruin.  Now the one that looks as if it is a collapsed cellar is marked as a rocky pit, the one that is a few scattered lumps of building stone is marked as stony ground.

The undergrowth  screens have been updated for this event where changes are significant, but please don’t use the edges for navigation.

Special Info for the Brown Course

Please note the Brown course has 33 controls (subject to controlling). We have a limited number of Series 9 dibbers.  SI card 8 (numbers 2,000,000-2,999,999) must be exchanged at registration, SI card 5 (numbers 0 -499,999) can be exchanged as otherwise last 3 controls will not record a visit time.


Registration:            10.00-12.00
Starts:                      10.30-12.30
Courses close:        2.00pm


Please note: course distances are shorter than normal as this is a middle distance race.

White 1.5k, 9 Controls - a good course for beginner children to start on.
Yellow 1.9k, 8 Controls - a good course for teenagers to start on.
Orange 2.1k, 10 Controls - a good place for adult beginners to start.
Light Green 2.7k, 15 Controls - ideal for adult and junior improvers with navigational experience

and for experienced orienteers

Very Short Green 1.6k,  13 Controls
Short Green 2.1k, 18 Controls
Green 3.0k, 25 Controls
Blue 3.5k, 29 Controls
Brown 4.0k, 33 Controls (if you have an SI card 8 or 5 read special info above)

Entry & Fees

Entries open at Fabian4

Early closing date 13/1/19 but reopened 14/1/19 and there will be limited entry on day at the following charges:

Seniors £10 (Non British Orienteering members £12)
Juniors / Full Time Students - £4                     
Family - £28 (£24 members)
Adults running white to orange £4

Pairs & groups going round together pay the cost of 1 entry.
Car parking: £2


Sportident, touch free mode will not be enabled

SI card hire: £1
Lost SI card fee: £30

Additional Safety Information

The area is used by dog-walkers, horse-riders and mountain bikers. In the event that there are riders of any type approaching you on a path during the event, please give them a wide berth.


Portaloos provided


Planner:         Paul Taylor (SYO)
Controller:    Peter Gorvett (SYO)
Organiser:     Paul Bradbury (SYO). Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Mobile: 07920 734 313




Venue Details

Hugset Wood, not far from junction 37 on the M1, is a small wood full of bell-pits and other evidence of mining activity.  It is very similar to Tankersley Wood nearby, which is arguably technically the best of SYO's areas.

The wood offers a fast and challenging race on old mining terrain in mainly gently-sloping runnable mature woodland. It contains over 80 bell pits, some of whose spoil mounds are over 25m in diameter. There are also over 200 other pits and depressions as well as many other brown features in an area less that 1sq km. The pits vary in size with the largest 5 being up to 15m diameter and 5m deep.

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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