Moses Gate Darcy Lever

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  • Course Status

  • Last checked April 2024. Everything OK, though very muddy.
  • STOP PRESS (26/9/2022):  post M has been moved out of its nest of brambles and onto the hill top 30m to the North West. Get a new map ?
  • nb. There is hogweed on the East side of the course (around CC, N, M, Q).
  • The main path from S1 through to C, which is now passable without swimming.
  • Also note that the car park near the Northern start is no longer usable, so access may actually be easiest from the car park for Moses Gate Crompton’s Lodges!
  • Controls B, K, W, X, CC may become overgrown in Summer.
  • Orienteering map details

  • A4 Portrait, Scale 1:5000. Last updated September 2022.
  • Start/Finish

  • The North Start/Finish is a track junction just off the South-East corner of the disused car park (the red marker above).

    Map detail showing North Start/Finish and disused car park

    The North Start/Finish post


  • The South Start/Finish is a path junction 500m walk along Fogg Lane from the main road, and a further 300m from the Northmost end of the Crompton’s Lodges car parking areas (the orange marker) – which will effectively add 1.6km to the course lengths.

    Map detail showing Crompton’s Lodges car parking and 800m walk to the South Start/Finish

    The South Start/Finish which is also Control T

  • How to get a map

  • Moses Gate Darcy Lever waterproof print£1.75

  • Moses Gate Darcy Lever PDF£1.75

  • Or buy any map from Get a Map
  • Park Facilities

  • Unfortunately there is no dedicated Car Park. See Directions below for access to the 2 Starts


Dragonfly bench


The lifecycle of a frog


A hearty welcome from I

  • Directions

  • For the North Start (red marker) – From M60(J15) take M61 (Preston) and exit at J2 on to Bolton Spur. Take first exit along spur and follow A6053 through Farnworth. After 1 mile, at traffic lights where A6053 turns sharp R under flyover towards Little Lever, go straight on then first right under flyover, following Darcy Lever signs. After crossing River Croal, the parking area shown on the map is 250m on the right, just before a left bend.  However, this parking area is currently closed.
  • OS Grid Reference: SD 735 077, Post Code: BL3 1SD
  • For the South Start – signed from A6053 East of A666 flyover. This is Crompton’s Lodges Permanent Orienteering Course car park (orange marker) – but go to the Northmost end of it, and take care walking along and crossing the A6053. Distance from car park to Start is 800m.
  • OS Grid Reference: SD 742 069, Post Codes: BL4 7QS
  • Public transport options
  • Course Maintenance

  • Maintained by GMOA, supported by Bolton Council.
  • Postwatchers, please click here to submit your report.