Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Blackford Hill

Image of the Blackford Hill and The Hermitage map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 13th Jul 2013

Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland


Results available now.

Apologies for control 17 on the Light Green being in the wrong-entrant, everyone has been re-instated.

We didn’t know who would come to this event – two weeks into the school holidays – or what colour course they'd want.   It was lovely to welcome old-timers, first-timers, students, people practising for the 6-Day, more Orange people than usual,  everyone who shared this lovely sunny (but not too hot) afternoon on Blackford HIll.  Thank you all for coming, and thank you to the many ESOC members, slightly different people from usual, who did all the necessary jobs to make the event run smoothly.  This is indeed a lovely all-inclusive sport.
It’s good too to let the usual dog-walking population of Blackford HIll see what else the area can be used for.  The Friends of Blackford Hill have asked for an article on orienteering for their next Newsletter, so perhaps some of them will be tempted to come to our next event.

Janet Clark   Organiser    0131 225 7771    

General Information

Dogs: Despite this being a dog-walking area we do not have permission to have dogs on the courses. Competitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather on the day. It could be muddy in places, especially in the woods, if the weather beforehand has been wet so please be prepared for this. You may need sunscreen if the weather forecast is for sunshine. There will be a course closure time after which controls will be brought in - this is most likely to be 4pm but please double-check on the day. All competitors take part in this event at their own risk. Results will be published on this website as soon as possible after the event.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for the Observatory at the top of Observatory Road, Edinburgh. The postcode if you need it is: EH9 3HJ

Easily accessed by bus - check out Lothian Buses

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Starts will both be between 2pm and 3pm.
For this event, as for the whole East of Scotland Saturday series, it is not necessary - or possible - to enter in advance. Everyone is welcome to turn up and enter on the day.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and something for more experienced orienteers.

A very good area for all skill levels.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Seniors (born 1992 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1993 or later)
British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £2.50

British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £2.50

Groups (Adults + children)
British Orienteering members - £4
Non- members - £5

SI Card Hire is free but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Janet Clark: email

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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