Knipe Scar Night Event – Saturday 4th February

Final details updated 2nd Feb.

Part of the North West Night League sponsored by BrightBikeLights.

Parking Location:
Bampton Memorial Hall
CA10 2RS
Grid Ref: NY516181

Entries now closed. There will be some entry on the day available for the Orange course, subject to map availability. £5 seniors, £2 Juniors.

Parking: is in the field next to the Bampton Memorial Hall (CA10 2RS), drive in through the main entrance.  The route to the start goes through the gate and along the road so be careful driving in.  £1 per car will be collected on the night.

The Memorial Hall contains toilets, indoor space, download, first aid and more importantly hot drinks, soup and cakes for purchase so bring some change!

Starts: are between 18:00 and 19:00. The route to the start is 1.5km on country lanes with minimal climb, via Bampton Grange to Knipe Moor. Follow tapes and be careful of traffic.  There will be an area to leave clothing (at your risk) once you pass through the cattle grid onto the moor.  This will not be under cover so consider a waterproof bag.  Near the start your name will be ticked off by a marshal.

Finish:  The Finish is shown on the road and there will be finish stations on both sides so no need to run into the road!  Once you have finished, follow the tapes along the lane passed the clothing dump and back the way you came earlier.  Please make sure your name is ticked off by the marshal near the cattle grid so we know you are safely off the area.

Courses close at 21:00.  The controls need to be collected in on the night so we may remove the controls early in the course before this time.


  > Orange – 2.0km, 90m climb, easier navigation
  > Green – 3.3km, 155m climb, hard navigation
  > Blue – 4.7km, 195m climb, hard navigation

All controls are SIAC enabled. The start and finish require dibbing.

SiCards (timing chips): if you don’t have your own then collect one from Download in the Memorial Hall before going to the start.

Download: will be back at the Memorial Hall – please download before you go to your car and even if you don’t finish your course so that we know you are safely back.

Terrain: Knipe Scar is an area of open fellside in the Lowther Valley between 200m and 350m above sea level containing old mine workings and a complex array of gorse bushes.

Map: 1:7,500 with 5m contours, printed on A4 waterproof paper.  A previous event can be seen here.

Descriptions are on the map. No loose descriptions will be available

A note for everyone, particularly the Orange course:  Some areas of bracken have been mown, and this is not shown on the map.  Paths within the mown areas will not be as obvious in the dark.

Risks:  This is a night event in winter on an exposed fell so please dress accordingly.  After being relatively warm for the time of year, the current forecast is for the temperature to fall to 0 °C over Saturday night.  Bring a spare torch and a whistle.

Safety bearing: The fell is bounded by walls.  If you get lost go south west to the road and then follow it south east.

First Aid:  The first aid sack will be at the Memorial Hall

Pub: The Mardale Inn in Bampton has recently re-opened as a community pub –

Planner/organiser: Jeff Powell Davies