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Airienteers, Orienteering in Airedale and Wharfedale and Leeds and Bradford

Holden Park

Oakworth

The POC at Holden Park is accessible from the main gate to the park opposite Oakworth Primary School.

Course Guide

Course Map

Update: June 2016

New map and guide published for Holden Park in Oakworth, near Keighley.

Sadly vandals have pinched posts H J K and N, and post B is currently out of the ground.
Bradford MBC have been informed.

Parking

There is no parking in the park, but there is a very small car park just West of the main entrance, and there is limited parking down the road next to the school. The course is relatively small and is ideal for beginners and primary children. On the course, the difficulty of the posts is indicated by stars – more stars are harder to find, but no post is very hard, even in the summer.

Introducing children

Start from the car park. Explain how to keep the map Northed and walk with them round a couple of posts (eg pointing out map features on the way. They can then have a go, in small groups, at finding some nearby posts such as A-D. Then give each group a challenge, possibly timed, of finding ten posts, perhaps those they have already found plus the other easy posts. After that they could try the other posts, noting that the difficulty of the posts is indicated by stars. The easiest strategy is to give them a time limit, say 30 minutes and tell them to get as many posts as they can in the time.

Courses

All start from War Memorial by the park main entrance

Beginners: A, B, C, D

Harder/further: D, F, G, J, L, N, Q, E, A

The ultimate: get round all the posts in any order in the shortest time.

Risk assessment

Holden Park is basically safe as it is bounded on all sides by roads or walls. But it contains some big crags as well as the fascinating ornamental grotto and a dangerous high level (unfenced) walkway (running north from A towards D about 3m above the ground). This will be very attractive to children, but is potentially very dangerous, especially when wet. There are also large crags in the quarry NE of J (but fenced off) and SE of E. Take care!