New Year’s Day Maprun – Summerbridge

Smelthouses New Year Results

MapRun Analysis page, you will need the PIN number from the event to see the tracks 


We are starting the New Year as we mean to go on – orienteering!


This is a 2 hour score event on the footpaths through fields and woods from Summerbridge in Nidderdale.  The map is the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 map but has been blown up to 1:15000 and a few corrections overprinted. It is the usual score format – there are 27 controls marked on the map and you visit as many as possible in the two hour period with penalties for being over time.  You will need to have MaprunF installed on your (fully charged!) mobile phone in order to register your visit to each control (sorry no lampposts available).  You must, please, take care to stick to footpaths (or the minor roads) and use gates and stiles – don’t upset my neighbours. Expect mud and slippery conditions!
Since no-one enjoys running in grim weather and this event will be relatively easy to re-schedule we will postpone if weather conditions are bad.
If new Covid restrictions prevent us running a ‘proper’ event then we will have a d-i-y Maprun event over the New Year weekend. We will email you a PDF of the map (size A4) and the Maprun access PIN on New Year’s Eve and you have Jan1-3 to run the course for our competition (though the course is still on Maprun and you could still do it after those dates).

PLEASE CHECK HERE BEFORE TRAVELLING. The weather forecast is OK but the steep ramp into the car parking area may be icy.


Maprun The map is called Smelthouses, and the MapRun called ‘SmetlthousesNewYear’. It can be found in the UK, North Yorkshire and then PateleyBridge folders. The PIN to start will be on the back of the map.

Paper map is the OS 1:25000 map blown up to 1:15000.
Map legend at
There are a small number of corrections overprinted in purple:
– Crosses mark uncrossable or not permitted routes.
– Dashed line indicates a frequently used path.
In a very few places green for wooded areas has been added or removed.

Controls If you are at a control point but it does not register on Maprun then just continue and we can look at your route afterwards and credit you with the control.

Permitted paths
– Public roads marked in yellow or brown B roads where there is a footpath. Purple crosses indicate a B-road without footpath is prohibited.
– Rights-of-way, footpath or bridleway indicated by green dashes. Purple crosses indicate a few places where these are not passable.
– Frequently used paths indicated by purple dashes – where these closely parallel rights-of-way use the purple route.

Do not use any other tracks or paths than those indicated as rights-of-way in green.
Take especially care map reading through farms and hamlets.
Crossing walls and fences use gates and stiles – I don’t know of anywhere on these paths without proper crossing points.
Show consideration to other footpath users – the area may be busy – remember 2m and keep 10m behind other runners
Beware icy pavements and tracks – e.g. by the Start/Finish control
Take care crossing roads – especially the B road
Beware some paths are very muddy with trip hazards and obstructive vegetation
In normal conditions all streams are crossable except River Nidd and Fell Beck – see below.

Fell Beck There are several rights of way across the beck:
– Two points are uncrossable and not permitted and indicated by purple cross.
– Two good crossing points are indicated by ‘FB’ (footbridge).
– The path by control 25 crosses on a wide flat 2m high fallen tree – only for the adventurous when not icy.
– Crossing at the top (north) end of the beck is shallow paddling.

PAYMENT: Apologies, payment details were originally missing.
If you have not already paid here are the details. £3 per person. A card machine will also be available on the day or you can pay with cash but no change can be given.
Payment preferably by bank transfer to the following account:

Account Name: Claro Orienteering Club BIA
Sort code: 30 93 91
Account No: 00419604
Reference: NewYear and Surname

ENTRIES: NOW CLOSED.  Numbers may be limited to 30. If there is huge demand there could be a repeat event on 2nd or 3rd Jan. Please use the Google Form to enter.

JUNIORS: Juniors under 16 must pair up with an adult.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: If the weather forecast is poor please check this website that the event is on.  Parking is in the New York Industrial Estate at the north end of Summerbridge. If you are going through Summerbridge towards Pateley then it is on the left as you leave the village.  Beware car gps often tries to send people via the old entrance 300m earlier into a residential road which now has no access. There should be someone directing parking but if not please park in a parking bay in the north, new, end of the industrial estate but not in the spaces directly outside the individual units.

STARTS: Will be 11-11.30am.  The start and finish control is on the footpath by the road into the estate.  The Maprun event is called ‘Smelthouses’ and is protected by a PIN which will be given on the back of the paper map.

The start briefing will be on the back of the map and will be posted here a couple of days before the event. Pease read this carefully to be clear about how this novel format works.

TOILETS: There are no toilets at the event but there are public toilets in Dacre Banks (north side of road by surgery) and Glasshouses (by crossroad).

DOGS: Please do not bring dogs – many fields have sheep.

SAFETY: Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. All participants must return via the finish control so we know you have finished.  The organisers mobile phone number will be on the back of the map.

ORGANISER: Liz Potterton   01423 780783  or