Wethead Farm, Pickering

View from Wethead Farm, Pickering

EBORIENTEERS are very pleased to invite you to one of the longest established and most popular orienteering holiday breaks. We are once again hosting the White Rose Orienteering Weekend. Based around a central campsite and assembly area set in the heart of the forest, on offer are four days of varied orienteering races and related activities.


Welcome to Whiterose

Welcome to Whiterose



We promise a warm welcome to all; young and old; experienced White Rose veterans and newcomers to orienteering.

Come and join us for a holiday weekend in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

In 2015, the weekend will be based in Pickering Forest for a return to more traditional Orienteering after last year’s urban based event.

Pickering Forest and the west side of the deep wooded valley of Newtondale offer some interesting and technically challenging orienteering terrain. The area has a rich orienteering heritage and has hosted major events including the JK and a British Relay Championships.


The weekend offers various orienteering competitions to suit all including  two Level B events: a Classic Distance race on Saturday 29th and a Middle Distance race on Sunday 30th August.

This year you will be able to kick off your orienteering weekend with a night score event on the Friday evening.

Once again we will have a first class Trail O competition. The start and finish are planned to be just a short walk from the campsite and you will have time to compete in the Classic event and the Trail O if you wish.

Later on Saturday afternoon we will stage a sprint event. This year we intend planning a number of different courses for the different age classes.

And on Monday 31st August, finish your weekend with a fast and furious team race followed by a mountain bike score race.

Throughout the weekend there will be opportunity for all to tackle challenges on the Maze/labyrinth. There will also be a string event for the younger children.

Why not also have a go at the White Rose quiz. Once again this will be used as an opportunity to raise money for charity.

Whatever your ambition or experience there is something for everyone. Come for just one event or take part in all we have to offer- the choice is yours.

Click here for more details of races and other activities.


The weekend will be held in Pickering Forest and the western side of Newtondale. The assembly, parking and campsite will be in fields around Wethead Farm, about 12km by road from Pickering, just North of the village of Newton on Rawcliffe,.

The event centre is a short walk (approx 2km) from Levisham Station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Public transport is available by bus to Pickering from York or Scarborough via Coastliner route 840. East Yorkshire Bus Service route 128 also runs between Scarborough and Pickering.

Coastliner Bus Service –
East Yorkshire Bus Service –


If you bring a car, the fee for parking will be £2.00 per vehicle per day; however campsite users have parking for the entire weekend included in their pitch fee. For day visitors parking fees will be collected daily on arrival.


Dogs will be permitted in the car park, assembly and campsite field only, and must be kept on a lead. Dogs may not be taken on courses.


Pickering Forest and the west side of the deep wooded valley of Newtondale offer some technically challenging orienteering. As well as previous White Rose weekends, parts of the area were used for the British Orienteering Relay Championships in 1980 and the JK in 1987.

The Southern Part of the area, around the semi-open area of Stony Moor which is both scenically delightful and full of technical interest, was last used for a major Regional event in 2010.

The whole area is being professionally remapped for White Rose 2015, but previous versions of maps of the southern part of White Rose 2015 terrain are available on “Route Gadget” at


The White Rose is one of the few Orienteering 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 really great North Yorkshire terrain. Other accommodation options are available including numerous guest houses, B&B’s, fully serviced campsites and youth hostels.

The assembly area and campsite are on fields in Pickering Forest with views over Newtondale.

The Assembly Area viewed from Levisham Moor

The Assembly Area viewed from Levisham Moor

The main assembly field will include:

  • Traders – food and equipment
  • A large marquee, for enquiries, download, and informal meeting place
  • Toilets
  • Waste skip
  • Water supply

On Sunday night, we will organise the White Rose barbecue –free of charge for all participants – just bring food and drink, we will provide the coals!