Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Blackford Hill

Image of the Blackford Hill and The Hermitage map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 14th Jul 2012

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



General Information

Warm and sunny today – what a difference! Everyone was happy just to enjoy being out in it. Different from the usual Saturdays too, in that very few families turned up; but several of these brought impressive record cards to be filled in. Instead we had lots of experienced orienteers on the Green Course, including several overseas visitors. Most of the ESOC helpers were able to get a run too. Many thanks to the Planner, Eleanor Pyrah, and all those who participated in this very enjoyable afternoon. LOST PROPERTY A single car key was left behind in our “potty”. Did someone find it out on the hill? If you know anything about it, please let me know.

Janet Clark Organiser

See note above about full leg cover and recommended shoes if you intend to enter the Green course. Although this is a city park it is suitable for orienteering at all levels of skill and the usual safety rules apply. All competitors take part at their own risk.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for the Observatory car park at the top of Observatory Road in the city of Edinburgh. The postcode is EH9 3HJ for those of you who use this for location purposes.
It is possible to come to this event by bus. Check out the local bus service which is Lothian Buses.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Starts will be between 2pm and 3pm.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and a Green course for more experienced orienteers. 
Please note that full leg cover is suggested at least for the Green course as the vegetation in July is pretty high.  Studded shoes are also recommended for competitors on the Green course.

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

Adults - £4
Family groups: £4
Juniors/Students: £1.50
£1 discount for individual adult members of orienteering clubs affiliated to British Orienteering

Contacts / Officials

Contact Janet Clark for further information if needed -

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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