The Orienteering Club for York, Scarborough, Ryedale and Selby

White Rose Weekend

The highlight of the Club’s year is the White Rose Weekend held on the North York Moors over the August Bank-Holiday weekend. This is one of the longest running events in the British orienteering calendar and provides a range of orienteering events for all abilities.

The White Rose is also one of the few O weekends to offer an exclusive campsite for competitors and this is what makes the event an exceptional opportunity for a real orienteering holiday weekend in great North Yorkshire terrain. The campsite means that you can park your car or campervan on Friday evening, knowing that you don’t need to move it again till Monday. The site has water, toilets and a great catering operation. Every year more than 600 orienteers head to the North York Moors for what has become a firm favourite in the orienteering calendar.



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 pervious years with 5 races, a Trail-O and a MBO in 4 days.

We will have the White Rose Website up shortly with more details and open up entries in the coming weeks.

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