Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Bonaly Park

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ESOC Local Event

Sat 12th Dec 2020

Info updated: 17th Oct
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland, Woodland

General Information

More event specific information coming soon, including a more specific location. The Grid Reference given is simply to give an indication of where the area is and a general idea of where to head to when walking to the area. 

This event is open to members of any orienteering club.  It will be pre-entry only and start times will be allocated.

COVID 19: You should not attend the event if you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 even though you have pre-entered.  Social distancing will be necessary at all times, even out on your course, and the start will be managed appropriately to comply with all relevant Government and Scottish Orienteering Guidelines. More specific information and details of the Covid 19 precautions, guidelines and rules will be posted here nearer the event.

Note that a separate Covid 19 risk assessment will be prepared in addition to the usual risk assessment.

Orienteering Area: Bonaly Park has something for everyone whether an experienced orienteer or a relative newcomer. 

Dress: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  Bonaly Park is on the northern edge of the Pentland Hills and the open, exposed areas can provide a real challenge. 

Terrain:  Mostly open hillside but with some areas of runnable woodland. There are steep slopes, crags, streams, intricate contour detail in some parts and a good network of paths. 

There are some excellent views across the city from several parts of Bonaly.    

Other Users: Bonaly is very well used by the general public, including dog walkers, runners, walkers, mountain bikers, families on a day out and even campers.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.

Medical Conditions (non Covid): You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical Form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can leave the completed form with the start official in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.  Alternatively, in these times of Covid, you are welcome to complete the form, scan it and send it to the email given below.  This is the safest option for Club volunteers but we recognise that you may not feel happy about this option even though the details will be held in the strictest confidence by a single named person (Janet Clark) and the email will be deleted immediately after the event.

Dogs: Dogs are allowed but should be kept under very close control at all times.

Course Closure Time: Please note that courses will have a closure time  advertised soon.  ALL competitors should be back at thye finish by this time even if you don't manage to finish your chosen course.  It will be getting dark very soon after course closure time and controls will start to be brought in immediately. 


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


Bonaly Park is accessible from various points to the North of the area and competitors are advised to park in Bonaly or Torphin areas of Edinburgh and walk to Bonaly from there.  Lothian Buses service 10 will also get you close to Bonaly and it is an easy walk from either terminus.  There is a terminus near Bonaly shop (Bonaly) and another just over the city bypass (A720) at Torphin. Check which one suits you best and check the Saturday timetables on Lothian Buses website. .

Please do not try to park in the car park beyond the Scout Centre which we have used in the past.  There is parking in Torduff Road but this fills up quickly and you may find it easier to park further away in the residential areas further north and walk (warm up on route) to the competition area.  You could also park on Torphin Road and walk to Bonaly.  From both Torduff Road and Torphin Road there is an option to walk to Bonaly via the dam on the Torduff Reservoir.

Bonaly is a very busy area and we strongly suggest parking a little further away and walking to the area.

Registration & Start Times

There will be no Registration or Enquiries.

The start area will be confirmed nearer the event and we suggest you try to arrive there no more than 5/10 minutes before your allocated start time.

Course Information


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

TBC but it will be pre-entry only. 

Contacts / Officials

Advance enquiries to:  

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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