Swarth / Blakeley / Lowther Park


Thursday, February 21, 2019






Night Series


CA22 2PF

Grid Reference: 



Open fell (Long and Short), Forest tracks (Nighthawk)


Parking at the Lowther Forest Gate on the Cold Fell Road (NY 06091 11972).  After feedback from the National Trust about the parking at the Lowther Forest Gate, please help to minimise the number of cars parked there in order to prevent further ‘de-vegetation’ and encroaching on the surrounding grass, by doing the following:

  • Park as neatly and tightly as possible on the existing ‘de-vegetated’ area to maximise the number of cars
  • Avoid encroaching on the grassy areas near the forest gate
  • Car share as much as possible
  • Park further afield and arrange lifts from there, e.g. stone circle, Ennerdale Bridge, etc.

Many thanks for your help. We need to do all we can to comply with requests from landowners of areas which we use.


This is a high exposed area so competitors should come suitably prepared


No dogs on the courses


Seniors £4            Juniors £2


  • Nighthawk 3.1 km
  • Short 2.9km
  • Long 4.6km

Long and short courses will use Swarth Fell and Blakeley Raise.
Nighthawk course will use Lowther Park forest area and will use well-defined forest tracks so suitable for night orienteering beginners.

Walk to long/short start is about 150m and finish is about 100m from assembly/registration point. Nighthawk start is adjacent to registration with finish about 100m away.

If you arrive late please consider running a shorter course to ensure you have returned by course close time.


Long, Short & Nighthawk

Start Times: 

5.45 - 7.15 pm (starts when dark!)

Courses Close: 

8.30 pm PROMPT. You must report to download even if you retire.


Nick and Janet Evans

Other Notes: 

If the weather is bad watch the website for an update on the event. If the Cold Fell road is officially closed then it’s off. If road is officially open but weather is v bad we’ll have to take a view as far in advance as we can.

WCOC Night Series 2018-19 Post Xmas…

In the New Year the venues get more technical and wilder, and so are not suitable for novice juniors at night. However, the intention is, where appropriate, to offer a lower technical difficulty (3-4 km) ‘Nighthawk’ course suitable for novice adults, as well as the usual Long (4-5 km) and Short (2-3 km) courses.

You will need a good lamp or light, preferably a headtorch to leave your hands free for the map and compass! The events really are great fun, and because you have to be sure of your location at all times, your orienteering skills will improve no end.  

The weather will generally be cold and wet, with underfoot conditions muddy, icy, or if we're very lucky snowy! The conditions will dictate the safety requirements. Clothing suitable for the terrain and conditions should be worn, so come prepared.

It is recommended that you carry a whistle and spare batteries/torch. It is also advised that you wear some form of reflective clothing in the unlikely event of a search for a competitor who is hurt, unable to walk or is concussed). This shouldn’t be too difficult as most modern clothing, shoes, back packs or bum bags have some reflective sections or flashes. However, some reflective armbands will also be available at registration.

Starts are from 5.45 – 7.15 pm and courses will close promptly at 8.30 pm (unless otherwise indicated at registration). Earlier starts may be allowed if the planner is ready to go. ALL COMPETITORS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEY REGISTER BEFORE RUNNING AND HAVE RETURNED TO REGISTRATION BY THE COURSE CLOSE TIME, EVEN IF THEY HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE COURSE. If you arrive late please consider running a shorter course to ensure you have returned by course close time.