Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Bonaly Park

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ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 16th Jun 2012

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


Results from Bonaly (in the rain!)

General Information

Pouring rain never really deters dedicated orienteers; though it did reduce the numbers somewhat. And it kept the midges away too. But conditions up there were not easy; small streams had become raging torrents, cloud down almost to the car park meant there was no chance of spotting your control without accurate navigation, and the whole area was extremely slippery. Full marks to everyone who braved the elements, and grateful thanks to the planner Keith Brown and the team of ESOC members for willingly spending several cold wet hours to allow the event to go ahead in these extreme conditions.


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


This area is on the edge of the city just south of the city bypass (A720). If you are coming from outside the city and using the A720 you would need to leave at Dreghorn junction and travel back westwards towards Colinton and then Bonaly. Head for the upper car park beyond the Scout Centre.
The closest bus route is Lothian Buses service 10, some of which terminate near Bonaly Primary School. Please check times and routes as some buses on the number 10 route terminate in a different place and you would need to get off earlier and walk a little further.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and starts will be between 2pm and 3pm

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and something for more experienced orienteers.  This area is suitable for all orienteering skill levels and is ideal for beginners and more experienced orienteers alike.
Courses will close at 4pm at which point controls may well start to be brought in.

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

Juniors (all) - £1.50
Seniors who are members of British Orienteering - £3
Seniors who are not member of British Orienteering - £4
Small Groups (all) - £4
SI Hire is free (£30 charge if lost)

Contacts / Officials

Further information from Janet Clark at

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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