Apedale

Apedale

Come and join us at Apedale Country Park for our local orienteering event. This event is ideal for orienteers of all abilities with a range of courses on offer.

We have 5 different course on offer:

Easy (2km linear - get all the controls in order)
Moderate (3.5km linear - get all the controls in order)
Short Hard (5km linear - get all the controls in order)
Long Hard (7.5km linear - get all the controls in order)
Score (get as many controls as you can within 45 mins)

This local activity uses electronic punching. The controls are marked with a flag, which has a control box that you place your electronic punch into which beeps and records your time. Don't worry, we can lend you an electronic punch to use FREE of charge for the activity.

It is really good fun and its something that is open to everyone. So please do come along and join us for this event.

You can register online by completing the electronic registration form below. This is quick and easy and has been proving popular at events. This is optional as you can complete on the form at the event should you wish.

This event will be based at the Apedale Heritage Centre, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 7LB (Grid Ref SJ 823 484) (and NOT at the Apedale Visitor Centre on Black Bank Road).

Directions

The only approach is along Loomer Road from the roundabout on the B5500 at Chesterton (SJ 835 488) (Brown Tourist Sign Apedale Valley). Follow Loomer Road to the end, past the speedway stadium, to the Park entrance. The Heritage Centre is about 600m from the entrance. There is a height barrier, so if you have a larger vehicle you will need to park just before the barrier and then walk the 600m to the Heritage Centre.

Parking

Adjacent to the Heritage Centre.

Registration

Inside the Heritage Centre. Registration will commence at 10am and will continue until 12 noon.

Toilets

Inside the Heritage Centre.

Start and Finish

Adjacent to the Heritage Centre.

Heritage Centre

It has a popular cafe serving hot and cold drinks and food where you can stay and socialise after your run.

It also has a (free) Museum and small shop which includes second hand books and records.

POTOC members receive a £1 discount on the event advertised cost. You can find out how to Become a POTOC Member here.

 

Event Properties

Event Date 22-02-2020 10:00 am
Event End Date 22-02-2020 12:00 pm
Individual Price £5 adults, £2.50 concessions
Location Apedale Country Park

Venue Information - Apedale Country Park

Loomer Road Carpark!

Nearest Post Code: ST5 7LB

Note for SatNav Users

Please use the postcode “ST5 7LB” which will guide you to Loomer Road. Then simply follow Loomer Road to the end, past the speedway stadium, where you will find the entrance to Apedale Community Country Park. Parking for the Heritage Centre can be found about 600 yards from the entrance.

Note: please make sure that your SatNav guides you to Loomer Road, some models have been know to incorrectly take visitors onto a nearby industrial estate!

Height Barrier

The entrance to the park has a height barrier, which blocks vehicles over 6′ 6″.  If this will be an issue, please get in touch.  It is possible to park on the road outside the country park and walk the 600 yards to the centre.

From the North or South (M6)

– At Junction 16 (M6) take the exit to the A500. If approaching from the North, take the first exit on the roundabout to Newcastle-under-Lyme/ Stoke-on-trent. If approaching from the south, take the fourth exit.
– At the next roundabout take the fourth exit to the A34 heading to Newcastle-under-Lyme.
– Cross the next roundabout, 2nd Exit (A34)
– At the following roundabout turn right, 3rd exit onto B5369 Wolstanton road, signposted “Apedale Valley”.
– At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit to Loomer road.
– Continue to the end of Loomer Road past the Speedway stadium and turn right into the Apedale Community Country Park
– Parking for the Heritage Centre can be found about 600 yards along this road.

From the East (A50)

– Follow the A50 towards Stoke-on-Trent until it terminates at the Junction with the A500
– At the roundabout take the 2nd exit, right onto the A500.
– Follow the A500 until the junction with the A53 when you should take the exit.
– At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A53 to Newcastle-under-Lyme.
– Turn right at the next set of traffic lights onto the B5369, Basford Park Road
– Follow the B5369 and cross the next roundabout 2nd exit into B5369, Wolstanton road, signposted “Apedale Valley”.
– At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit to Loomer road.
– Continue to the end of Loomer Road past the Speedway stadium and turn right into the Apedale Community Country Park
– Parking for the Heritage Centre can be found about 600 yards along this road.

Public Transport

By Bus

The main bus service to nearby Chesterton is the 4/4A run by Firstbus  which departs from Newcastle-under-Lyme, our nearest bus station, and from Hanley.  The 4A continues on to Kidsgrove.

Journey’s can be planned from the Traveline Midlands web site, using “ST5 7LB, Loomer Road, Newcastle” as your destination.

For the 4/4A bus, your stop will be the Chesterton Community Centre, known locally as the “Hollows”. From that stop head back towards the roundabout and take the third exit (counting clockwise, which is Loomer Road and is , signposted “Apedale Valley”. Follow Loomer Road to the end, past the speedway stadium, where you will find the entrance to Apedale Community Country Park. The Heritage Centre can be found about 600 yards from the entrance. The walking distance is about 1.1 Miles.

D&G also operate a limited service on weekdays only.  The 35 route goes along Loomer Road and around the housing estate. Continue along Loomer Road to the end, past the speedway stadium, where you will find the entrance to Apedale Community Country Park. The Heritage Center can be found about 600 yards from the entrance. The walking distance is about 0.5 Miles.

By Rail

The nearest station is Longport Railway station (Google Maps), which is visited by East Midlands Trains’ Derby to Crewe service. To get to the Apedale Heritage Center, you can either catch a bus to Newcastle-under-Lyme nearby (the no 98 or 99 service) or, for the more adventurous, it’s nearly 3 miles on foot.

Alternatively, Kidsgrove station is better served by rail and the 4A to Chesterton can be caught from Stops in Kidsgrove town centre.

Stoke-on-Trent is our nearest major station and served by regualr buses to Newcastle-under-Lyme (the no 3 service). Taxis are available just outside the station.

Having caught a bus from the Railway Station to Newcastle-under-Lyme, refer to the “By Bus” section for services to Chesterton.

Rail journeys can be planned on http://nationalrail.co.uk/.

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Permanent Courses

Why not try out orienteering at one of our permanent courses?

We have courses at:

  • Apedale
  • Bathpool Park
  • Biddulph Grange
  • Brough Park
  • Downs Banks
  • Ladderedge
  • Hanley Forest Park
  • Tunstall Park
  • Westport Lake

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