Guisecliff 29 March 2020

Provisional Event Details

Claro will host a Regional Event at Guisecliff Wood near Harrogate on Sunday 29th March 2020. These details will be updated nearer to the event.

There will be a PDF version of these details posted once they become final.

LOCATION Guisecliff Wood
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 54.077397, -1.754882
LINKS Streetmap
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SUMMER TIME:  Remember that British Summer Time starts midnight 28th March and that means you have to get up one hour earlier for our event (it will be worth it!).

DIRECTIONS: The event centre will be at Bewerley Park Centre for Outdoor Education, near Pateley Bridge, South East of Bewerley Village. Access to Bewerley Park Outdoor Centre is signed from the B6165, South West of Pateley Bridge at the foot of Greenhow Hill. The approach road is narrow, so please take care and make allowances for horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians, including orienteers on their way to and from start & finish.

PARKING: Parking at Bewerley Park is very restricted, so please share transport wherever possible. On arrival, please follow instructions from officials. Campervans & other vans please contact the organiser in advance. Parking is principally on hardstanding. There is a charge of £1. Competitors to who are arriving solo are encouraged to meet and share transport from Pateley Bridge to Bewerley Park Centre.

Nidderdale Showground car park in Pateley Bridge would be a good place to meet from where there will be a taped 1km pedestrian route to Bewerley Park. This is also the overflow parking option if we reach capacity at Bewerley Park i.e. you will be directed here and to walk 1km to Bewerley Park Centre to register. The Showground car park is pay and display Parking £1.20 for 4 Hours – if you park here you will not need to pay the £1 fee at Bewerley Park. There are public toilets at the recreation ground opposite the showground and also in Southlands Car Park on the town side of the River Nidd.

ENTRIES:   Entry on the day only (EOD). SportIdent (SI) punching will be used for all courses. SI Hire cards (dibbers) will be available.


  • Light Green and above: Senior £8, non BO member £10, Juniors and full time students £3.00
  • Orange, Yellow: £3.00
  • Maximum family entry charge: £18
  • SI dibber hire: Senior £1 , Juniors and full time students 50p
  • Lost dibber charge £30
  • Car parking £1 per car.

TERRAIN: Guisecliff Wood is a mixture of oak and birch on a North facing slope with enough contour features and a lot of rock features to provide a good technical challenge. The longer courses (Green +) also visit the heather moorland above the wood and an abandoned quarry with complex contour detail.

There are some public footpaths through the wood that are good paths.  There are some steep mountain bike runs at the west end of the area and other paths that may be quite indistinct. It is muddy and slippery in places, especially on the rocks, so please take care. There are some very indistinct paths that are not shown on the map.

MAP: 1:7,500 scale, printed on waterproof paper with control descriptions on the map and separate descriptions also available in start lanes.

JUNIOR COURSES: The area is not suitable for a white course and we highly recommend shadowing children on the yellow course.  Both the yellow and orange courses have sections of taped route (red and white streamers) – please ensure juniors are aware – encourage them to check the advise on the control descriptions.

COURSES:       Colour coded courses.  This a Yorkshire Superleague event and the mapping of age classes onto courses is shown below.


Course Distance Climb Controls Superleague Mens Classes Superleague Womens Classes
Brown 7.3 km 250m 21 M21, M35, M40
Blue 4.8 km 200m 18 M18, M20, M45, M50, M55, M60 W21, W35, W40
Green 3.2 km 130m 14 M16, M65, M70 W16, W18, W20, W45, W50, W55, W60
Short Green 2.6 km 90m 11 M75, M80+ W65, W70, W75, W80+
Light Green 2.8 km 120m 12 M14 W14
Orange 1.9 km 100m 9 M12 W12
Yellow 1.5 km 90m 10 M10- W10-


PLEASE NOTE: There is no White Course as the area is not suitable. It is also highly recommended that young children are shadowed on the Yellow course.


Registration open: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Starts: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Courses close: 2:00 pm

COMPETITOR INFORMATION: Registration & Download will be located in a building at Bewerley Park Centre and will be signed. There is a separate toilet block on site. The Start and Finish are located close to each other about 20mins up hill walk from registration & download. The route to the start is very muddy in places.

DOGS: Please do not bring dogs to this event. Dogs are not permitted on the courses, nor are they permitted at Bewerley Park Centre for Education or within Nidderdale Showground.

CORONA VIRUS: We will follow the advice of British Orienteering who are following official advice and will cancel the event if necessary. Otherwise we intend that it will go ahead.

SAFETY: Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Whistles and full leg cover are compulsory. The moor above Guisecliff can be exposed. Please dress appropriately for the time of year and specific weather on the day. Waterproof jackets may be compulsory in the case of bad weather. If travelling alone, please leave your car keys at registration. All competitors who start must report to download even if they retire. In the unlikely event of cancellation, details will be posted on the Claro website – Information can also be obtained by phoning the organiser.

RESULTS: These will be posted on the Claro website

PHOTOGRAPHY: In accordance with the British Orienteering Safeguarding Procedures, the organiser of this event requires that any person wishing to engage in any video, zoom or close range photography should register their details with the organiser before carrying out any such photography. The organiser reserves the right to decline entry to any person unable to meet or abide by the organiser’s conditions. The club policy is here.


Organiser: Susan Birtwistle (CLARO) 01765 677099 or
Planner: Liz Potterton CLARO
Controller: Chris Dicken CLARO