EBORIENTEERS are delighted to invite you to the White Rose Orienteering Weekend 2014 – one of the longest established and most popular orienteering holiday breaks which offers four days of varied orienteering races and related activities on excellent North Yorkshire terrain in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

In 2014, the weekend will be very different to the previous 41 White Rose weekend as it will be based in and around the fantastic resort town of Scarborough – the jewel on North Yorkshire’s heritage coast.

British Sprints Championships 2007

British Sprints Championships 2007

As well as being Yorkshire’s most popular seaside resort, Scarborough also offers remarkably good orienteering, as many will recall from the British Sprint Championships which was held in the town in April 2007 (and still heavily featured in the video on the British Orienteering website home page)

Since then, new areas of the town have been mapped and existing areas have been fully resurveyed and remapped for White Rose 2014 by Paul Taylor (winner of the Walsh Mapping Trophy 2012 and 2010).  This includes the University and 3km2 of complex terrain north of Scarborough Castle.



The weekend includes various orienteering competitions including a sprint on Friday evening , a Classic Distance race at Holbeck Ravine and along the intricate South Cliff and Bay on Saturday 23rd  and a Middle Distance Race in Oliver’s Mount Woods and The Mere on Sunday 24th August.

There will be a night score event on Saturday evening at nearby Raincliffe Woods, a Trail-O on Sunday afternoon and, on Monday 25th August, a fast and furious team race followed by a mountain bike score race.

Click here for details of all races and other activities.



The weekend will be held on the southern outskirts of Scarborough, with assembly and camp site located on southern part of the flat summit of Oliver’s Mount, 130m above sea level.

Welcome to White Rose Weekend

Welcome to White Rose Weekend

A series of fields dominate the top of Oliver’s Mount, surrounded on all sides by Oliver’s Mount Woods.  With The Mere Country Park 1km to the west of the hill and the intricate sea cliffs 1.5km to the east, this offers some quite excellent terrain for a weekend of varied orienteering.

The assembly, parking and camp site will be on one site, a grassy recreation ground with all the usual White Rose Weekend resources provided for your use.

Nearest public transport:

Train Scarborough station (trains from Manchester/airport, Leeds, York and Hull)   3.6km walk to assembly
Bus S&D 17, 118, 119 and 128 from the station.  Alight at Seamer Road/Queen Margaret’s Road (1.7km).  Or S&D 7, 120 & 121 from the station.  Alight at Filey Road/Deepdale Avenue (0.9km).
Coastliner 843 bus hourly from Leeds & York.  Alight at Seamer Road/Queen Margaret’s Road 1.7km walk to assembly


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.  If you plan to bring a coach, please tell us in advance.


Dogs will not be permitted in the main event car park (even in cars), event assembly or camp site field.  This is a strict stipulation by the landowner because the area is used as school and team football pitches in winter.  However there will be a small separate camping and parking area nearby (less than 5 minutes walking distance) for dog owners.

Dogs may not be taken on courses.


None of the various areas to be used in White Rose 2014 have been used for a White Rose weekend before.

However Holbeck Ravine and South Bay were used for the British Sprints Championships in 2007  and other areas have been used for level C and D events at various times over the last few years.

Older versions of various maps of terrain to be used for White Rose 2014 can be viewed and downloaded here.

South Bay (2007)
North Bay (2007)
Raincliffe Woods (2011)
Olivers Mount Woods and The Mere (2007)

You can also read an article about the terrain here - written by the planner and published in Urban Racing UK (the new on-line blog about urban and sprint orienteering).



All maps will be printed on waterproof paper and overprinted.

In the Classic race on Saturday there will be a map exchange (two map exchanges for black and brown) on all courses apart from white and yellow.

Any other special information about the maps will be included with the weekend programme.


View to the north from Olivers Mount

View to the north from Olivers Mount

The assembly area and camp site are on a large grass recreation ground.  The Sunday middle distance race will finish in the assembly area. All the other events are adjacent to assembly except the night score event which is in Raincliffe Woods, a few km away (accessible by bike or car) and the MBO Score race, which will be based at Hackness, 12km distant.

The assembly area will be large enough to provide an exclusive orienteering campsite with separate parking for day visitors and a small separate campsite and parking area for dog owners.  This is because the main campsite and assembly area has a strict embargo on dogs imposed by the landowner.

The main assembly field will include:

  • Traders – food and equipment
  • A large marquee, for enquiries, download, informal meeting place and changing area (for day visitors)
  • 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 fire!