The Orienteering Club for York, Scarborough, Ryedale and Selby


10th March 2017

Our White Rose team have been working very hard towards another fantastic event in the North York Moors this August and we can now communicate the initial details.

This year’s White Rose weekend will be based 5 km North of Helmsley at Baxton’s Strip (SE 598 892). This assembly field was last used for White Rose Weekend in 2010.

The format of the event is unchanged from previous years with 5 races, a Trail-O and a MBO in 4 days.

The White Rose Website has even more information and links to Entries and can be accessed here.  .

In the meantime here are the initial details and the planners comments to get you excited


Saturday Middle Race Baxton’s Wood: Mostly mature runnable plantation with some bracken crossed by lots of wiggly and confusing motor bike tracks. The strong young fit folk will have a steep open scarp slope to add to their pleasure but most will stay on the intricately-contoured upper edge. Otherwise the area is gently undulating.

Sunday Classic Race Heater Rigg: Without doubt the most runnable forest we have: where else could you have an 800 m leg with no paths to follow or even cross and where it’s fastest to go pretty straight? There is some traditional plantation but with bilberry undergrowth not bramble and many wiggly motor bike tracks in places. Then there is the wilderness where trees have self-seeded an area of moorland to produce excellent terrain for our sport. Relief is gently undulating with some deeper (but not very deep) valleys