Series event

Sat Nov 11: Family Event, Brimham Rocks

Location: National Trust Brimham Rocks
Postcode: HG3 4DW
What3Words: poses.plunger.narrates
Grid reference: SE208645

Times: 11am-3pm, NB Courses will close at 3pm due to shortening daylight hours


Cost: Free to take part in this NT Orienteering Taster Day, Car Parking £6 unless you use a NT membership card

Assembly: By the NT cafe and toilets.

Courses available:
Starter course (White) 300m (Introductory)
Middle course ( Yellow) 900m
Longer course (Orange) 1100m

Two further short courses of an orange standard will be available, approx 1200m in length on completion of the Longer course

Terrain and Map: Brimham Rocks is an are of cliffs and large rock formations, some of which are dangerous. All the course have been planned so that they can be completed using existing paths and without going close to any of these dangerous features.

Recent rain may have made some of the paths slippery, please take care, especially on any downhill sections

The map is at a scale of 1:4000, 1 cm on the map = 40m on the ground. It has been updated in 2023.

Parking: Please use the NT car park at the entrance to Brimham Rocks. Parking is charged at £6 for four hours (please bring loose change), or free if a valid NT membership card is used.

Parking to Assembly: From the car park, follow the track up to the cafe, visitors centre and toilets. The orienteering starts/finishes just outside the cafe. If in doubt, ask a NT ranger helping in the car park.

Other information: Please dress appropriately and carry a safety whistle and report to download post-run. The area is extensively used by the public, dog walkers, and mountain bikers – please be careful and give way where needed.

*Some orienteering terms explained:
Control descriptions: as well as the controls being marked on the map (in the order you must visit them), competitors receive a control description list – this gives the control code (a number displayed on the control so you can check you are at the right control) and the precise feature on the map where the control is positioned (e.g. path junction, fence end, boulder east side etc.).
Course colours: orienteering, uses a range of colours (like the judo belt system) to describe the technical difficulty of the courses. The first four colours are:
White: aimed at younger juniors and older beginner juniors, all on line features (mostly paths)
Yellow: aimed at young juniors, and older beginners, with controls occasionally just off line features, and more decisions to make
Orange: more confident juniors and adults, now including some route choice and controls on more challenging features
Light Green: more challenging again, with more difficult choices, and using contour shapes for navigation.