The Orienteering Club for York, Scarborough, Ryedale and Selby

Permanent Courses

Permanent Orienteering Courses in Eborienteers’ Area
Permanent Orienteering Courses have been established in many locations around the UK, and offer an opportunity to try a simple orienteering course at your own pace whenver you like. There are a number of permanent orienteering courses in EBORienteers’ part of North Yorkshire and the Club is usually able to advise on their use and the availability of map packs.
For more information, contact EBORienteers Permanent Courses Officer, Mike Ridealgh, on 01904-761493 or by e-mail.
Permanent Orienteering Courses are located in:

City of York
Scarborough
Selby
North Yorkshire Forest Park

CITY of YORK
There are three permanent orienteering courses in the City of York.
For the York POC’s, one can contact City of York Leisure Services at 18 Back Swinegate, York, YO1 8ZD. Telephone No. 01904 553377.
Email: sportandactiveleisure@york.gov.uk or, go to the City of York Council website and in the search box put ” orienteering “Then select:

  • West Bank Park
  • Rowntree Park
  • Rawcliffe Bar Country Park

You can also the download the maps and activity sheets below.

Rawcliffe Bar Country Park, City of York
GR SE 576 546
Terrain: Small country park
Map: 1:2500
Travel: Take the A19 Thirsk road out of York. Use the Park and Ride car park which is on your left just before the outer ring road.
Latest information: Latest information on this permanent orienteering course is available here.  The map is available here

Rowntree Park, City of York

GR SE 605 507
Terrain: Town park
Map: 1:2000
Travel: Cross the Ouse at Skeldergate Bridge. At the first roundabout turn left along Clementhorpe (in front of the Swan). Go down to the river and turn right to reach the Pay and Display car park.
Latest information: Latest information on this permanent orienteering course is available here.   The map is available here

West Bank Park, City of York

GR SE 583 511
Terrain: Town park with a small area of woodland.
Map: 1:2000
Travel: Follow the Harrogate road and take the left fork to Acomb (B1224 Wetherby Road). Go up-hill and after a short distance turn left along New Lane. The Park appears on your right. Keep on to the T-junction at the end of the Park, turn right and right again (James Backhouse Place, no through road) to the car park.
Latest information: Latest information on this permanent orienteering course is available here  The map is available here

SCARBOROUGH
There are four permanent orienteering courses in Scarborough. 

One is at Falsgrave Park (to the south of the town) and the other three are at Dean and Manor Road Cemeteries (a short walk to the west of the town centre)

Falsgrave Park, Scarborough
Maps are available from Parks and Countryside Services, Scarborough, YO12 7RY, 01723-374079, GR: TA 030 883

Course grid reference TA 029 876
Terrain: Town park on a steep slope and with some contour detail and woodland.
Map: 1:2000
Travel: Follow Falsgrave Road out of Scarborough continuing straight on at the lights in into Stepney Road past the mini roundabout and then turn left on to Park Avenue. After a short distance go uphill along Springhill Lane. On reaching the top of the hill, park close to the gate on the left.
Latest information: Latest information on this permanent orienteering course is available here

Dean & Manor Road Cemeteries, Scarborough
Maps and suggested are available for download from the Friends of the Cemeteries website here.

Course grid reference TA 035888
Terrain: Complex and historic cemeteries built in parkland with deep wooded and rocky valleys to the west.
Map: 1:4000
Travel: Follow North Street and then Dean Road out of Scarborough’s main shopping street.  Just after passing the 19th century prison on the left, reach a mini-roundabout where Dean Road crosses Columbus Ravine.  The cemetery is opposite.

SELBY
There is one permanent orienteering course near Selby.
Maps available from EBORienteers Permanent Courses Officer, 01904 761493

Bishop Wood North

GR SE 560 332
Terrain: Forestry Commission woodland with path network
Map: 1:10000
Travel: Bishop Wood is 6km to the west of Selby. Park in Dutchman’s Car Park (OS sheet 105 SE 561332). This is where the west-east road from Biggin Bridge (on the B1222 Sherburn to Cawood road) to Wistow passes through the Wood.
Latest information: Latest information on this permanent orienteering course is available here

NORTH YORKSHIRE FOREST PARK
There are three permanent orienteering courses in the forests on the S side of the North York Moors National Park.
Maps available from Dalby Forest Visitor Centre (Dalby Forest map), 01751-460295, GR: SE 855 876 or from Christine Roberts (Dalby Forest, Spiers House and Keldy maps), 01759-371258
Dalby Forest, Adderstone Rigg

GR SE 888 900
Terrain: Rough plantations with track and ride network with some steep valleys
Map: 1:10,000
Travel: Access is via Pickering on the A169 Pickering to Whitby road. Look out for Brown tourist signs. Toll payable for vehicles entering the forest.

Spiers House

GR SE 757 918
Terrain: Rough forest with track and ride network, potentially challenging orienteering terrain in places.
Map: 1:10000
Travel: Follow the A170 west from Pickering for 3km to the village of Wrelton. From here follow the minor road through Cropton towards Rosedale. Spiers House campsite is signed on the right about 2km from Cropton.

Keldy

GR SE 777 915
Terrain: Rough forest with track and ride network, potentially challenging orienteering terrain in places.
Map: 1:10000
Travel: Follow the A170 west from Pickering for 3km to the village of Wrelton. Bear R in Wrelton Village along a minor road through Cawthorne. Go R at the T junction, then first L, now following signs to Keldy Cabins.