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Score Orienteering Event at Tankersley Wood

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Sun 29th Sep 2019 Start Times 13:00

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Well done to all those that braved the weather today at Tankersley.  Preliminary results are available above, those that visited control 101 still have 10 points to be added to their score which will be done tomorrow...


In a score event, the aim is to find as many control points as possible within the time limit. Newcomers are welcome, although the event is not suitable for young inexperienced juniors as the controls are all off paths. 


Please self-park in the public car park at the end of Taverner Way. Look out for the O flag on the entrance. The nearest postcode is S35 4DX. Once the car park is full please park considerately on the surrounding residential roads. Follow tapes from the car park to assembly approx 500m. 


Registration, download, start, finish and toilets are all located on a grassy area. We are adjacent to a small airstrip which is OOB  - please obey red tape.


Registration - 12.45-1.15pm. Entry on the day only.
Starts - 1-1.30pm


£5 adults (£4 members)
£3 juniors / students


1:7,500, 5m contours.  Original survey 2007 by Neil Northrop. Updated by Peel Land Surveys in 2015. Minor updates summer 2019 by Ian Cooper.

Control descriptions on front of map. No loose descriptions available.


Tankersley Woods is largely natural woodland littered with the scars of industry and wartime and has a dense network of tracks and paths of varying sizes. The area is gently sloping but with occasional steep slopes at old embankments, quarries and spoil heaps. Most of the pits are large in size and many are ‘bell pits’ with the pit located on top of a hill or rounded spur.

There are areas of bramble and bracken. However courses have been planned to avoid the worst of this. There are many paths and tracks which can be confusing but which allow most of the undergrowth to be avoided. New paths tend to appear overnight due to the activity of off-road motorcyclists and quad bikes. 

There are some parts of the area which can be very muddy and there are one or two un-crossable marshes which are best avoided. One feature shown on the map as a crag is actually an old railway bridge abutment. The top of this feature will be marked with black/yellow tape which must not be crossed.


Full leg cover must be worn. 

Adults may cross Greaves Lane on their score course. It is a fast road with a blind bend for traffic - it will NOT be manned and must be crossed with extreme care at your own risk. Under 16s are not permitted to cross Greaves Lane.

Tankersley is well used by the public. Please take care and be aware of mountain bikes, motor bikes, horses and dog walkers.

Safety bearing  - West to open areas around arena.

Event Officials

Planner: Charlie Adams (SYO)
Organiser: Amanda Crawshaw (SYO)


Venue Details

Tankersley Woods has a rich industrial heritage and once contained factories and railways during the war when it was heavily bombed. It now contains a wealth of detail with many bell pits, bomb craters and myriad of paths created by local people spread across mixed vegetation comprising natural oak woodland with bluebells through reclaimed spoil heaps with maturing shrubs and young trees.

The area has been worked for coal and iron, which has left complex slopes covered by the scars of hand-hewn "bell-pits" and other earth-works from the 19th century and before. These days the area is used by dog-walkers, cyclists and trail-bikers, leaving a large number of paths. In the most active biking areas the path network is very complex. The mapping of these paths is good, but small new paths can be created quickly.

There are brambles in parts of the area, but most are at ankle-length, are pretty runnable and have no bramble screen. There are some areas of thicker brambles in the far south of the map.

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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