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Saturday Series 3

A Local and Schools event at Shire Brook Valley

On Sat 23rd Nov 2019 from 12:30 until 15:00


Come orienteering and explore the lovely Shirebrook Nature reserve in the South East of Sheffield (here). This is the 3rd race in the Saturday Series of events aimed at introducing adult and junior newcomers to orienteering and includes the very popular SFSS schools league. There are 6 different courses to choose from catering for young children, runners, newcomers and experienced orienteers.


Registration for the events will open at 12:30pm and you can start any time from 12:30pm – 3pm. All courses close at 3:30pm at which time we will start to collect controls so please make sure you start early enough to complete your course in time.

Schools Event

Running alongside the public event is an event in the Sheffield Schools Orienteering League for both Primary and Secondary pupils.  Entry to the schools event is free if your school a member of the SFSS and you are in Y3 or above. Information about the SFSS Orienteering League is here


Adults £5, British Orienteering / SYO members £4
Children £2 (Free for the first run if you are in Y3 or above and your schools is in the SFSS)
Any additional courses will cost an additional £1 (Or £2 if your previous run was free)
If you would like to go around in a group you would just pay for one entry, plus £1 for each extra map.

Travel and parking

Parking is available by the visitor's centre. 

Take to the A57 towards Worksop from the Parkway and at the first big island take the first left, B6064 towards Woodhouse. Take the first right into Stone Lane. The car park is on the right. Drive carefully as you will meet competitors on their way to the start. The car park has a height barrier which is 1.8 metres.

If getting there by public transport it is about 20 minutes by bus from the centre of Sheffield, there are several options use the Yorkshire Travel Planner to get to Coisley Hill from where it is a 5 minute walk down Stone Lane.


 As there is no cafe we will be selling hot drinks and cakes to raise money for SYO junior squad funds. Cake donations welcome. There will also be a portaloo.

Christmas Decorations

The SYO Elves have been busy! Back for Christmas 2019, we have created our very own collection of Christmas Decorations, which will be sold in aid of the SYO Junior Squad. Available to buy from this event onwards...

To check out our 3 bespoke designs, visit the Christmas Decorations page on the SYO Juniors' Website.

We hope our decorations will be finding their way onto your tree this Christmas!


All courses are entry on the day.  You just have to turn up, pick a course and fill in an entry form.  There will be people on hand to help you if you have any questions.


shirebrook map 1

1:7500. Peel Land Surveys 2017


If you complete a course and there is still time you are welcome to try another.

See below for details on the courses on offer.

Course School Years Distance Technical Level Who is it for?



20m Climb

The easiest course and a great place for children to start.  The course is entirely on paths and each time you have to make a decision - which path to take, there will be a control point.
Year 3 pupils can compete with Y4s.

Yellow Y6,7 1.9km
30m Climb


The next step up and a good place for teenagers etc. to start.  The course will use paths but also other line features - Fences, streams etc.
It will also no longer have a control every time you need to decide where you are going. For example you may need to make a couple of turns on paths between controls.

Orange Y8,9 2.7km
65m Climb


Harder still, the Orange course introduces:

  • Choosing routes - e.g. should I go round the paths to the left or right
  • Using 'Point Features' as control sites

Those doing either of the Orange courses need to be able to judge distances, orientate the map using surrounding features and a compass, use attack points and be bold enough to venture off paths for up to 30 metres


Light Green



80m Climb


Ideal for improvers or confident adult beginners. The navigation difficulty increases - you will be using simple contours and point features. There's often a catching feature beyond the control to stop you going to far wrong.



110m climb

5 As technically difficult as the area will allow.




120m climb

5 As per the green course but further in distance.

Venue Details

This is a new area for orienteering with a map surveyed and drawn by Chas Hird in 2016/2017; first use is April 2017. The reserve is mostly wooded, with open areas and a good path network.

Sheffield Parks and Woodlands website says "Situated in South East Sheffield, the Shire Brook Valley contains over 100 hectares of land protected for Nature Conservation and recreation. The Reserve is open to the public all year round.  Local Nature Reserve status was gained for the valley in 1999".  A booklet 'Shire Brook, The Forgotten Valley', written by local people about the fascinating history of the valley is described here.  As well as the Shire Brook Valley Visitor Centre, the reserve also contains Birley Spa Victorian Bathhouse.

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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