Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Cammo EstateSat 13 Jan

ESOC Local Event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Last updated: Mon 11 March, 2024

Local level event

Explanation of event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun App.

Terrain type: Woodland


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Results and splits

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Officials' Reports

Planners Comments:

It was brilliant to see the great turnout being rewarded by a lovely sunny January day. The ongoing re-wilding of Cammo allowed some interesting legs to be set for white and yellow courses. And the new details on the recently updated map were used to take orange and light green runners to areas they might not have been to before. A special well done to those who completed the map memory version of light green (yes it was the same course) - assuming there was no peeking at the map!

Michael McPhillips

Organisers Comments:

This was my first time helping to organise an Orienteering event and what a lovely event to help make happen. Cammo is a lovely location and a great place for some of the shorter courses. My son even cracked orientating the map properly (proud dad moment)! But back to organising. I couldn’t have done this without the support of all the fantastic folk who helped out and advised. It was a pleasure being part of a group who knew what to do and were super keen to help out. A special thanks to Jayne and Janet for all their guidance.

Matt Ball

Lost Property

Pair of black gloves left near the Trophy Table


Our ever popular Local event in the Cammo Estate Nature Reserve.

Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.96012,-3.31950
OS Grid Ref: NT177748
Postcode: EH4 8AW
What3Words: ///hints.camp.trying

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Directions / Parking

The event will be based close to the Ranger Centre/Visitor Centre at the junction of Cammo Road and Cammo Walk and can easily be reached by public transport, download graphic.

By car - Please park in Cammo Road or other surrounding streets eg Strathalmond Road or the start of Cammo Walk (currently a no through road) and enter the Estate through the Lodge Gates on foot. Please park carefully and give due consideration to residents and note the double yellow lines on Cammo Walk and at the bottom of Cammo Road near the Lodge. There are 2 small, dedicated estate car parks to the South and North of the area, but these are likely to be very busy.

Edinburgh based orienteers are welcome to join the newly expanded Edinburgh Orienteers - Car sharing WhatsApp group. Please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for the joining link.

By bike – It is less than 1km from Cammo to join one of the Edinburgh City cycleways, please see this map on the Edinburgh Council Quiet Routes website.

Public Transport Options

By bus – Lothian buses, Lothian Country buses and Stagecoach Express buses (heading for Fife) all have stops within 300-700m. Check the Lothian Buses (Lothian Country Buses is part of same company) and Stagecoach websites for timetables and route maps. (NB Please get off the Stagecoach Express bus at the Barnton Junction, the next stop is the Forth Road Bridge!)

By rail or tram – It is an approximate 30-minute walk (along Maybury Road/Cammo Walk) to/from the Edinburgh Gateway station which is served by both Scotrail trains and the Edinburgh Tram.

Map / Terrain

Terrain: Parkland with some wooded areas and a good network of paths. There are 2 large bodies of water, the canal and the new wetland pond (with associated boardwalks). The White and Yellow courses have been planned to avoid controls close to the canal.

Course Maps: Based on the 2022 version by Peel Services Ltd and updated in 2023.The maps will be printed on waterproof paper, the control descriptions will be printed on the map (no loose control descriptions) and the map scale will be 1:5000.

Safety Notes

  • Other Users: Cammo Estate is very well used by the general public, including dog walkers, runners and bikers. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.
  • Dogs: Competitor’s dogs are allowed and should be kept under very close control at all times.
  • SAFETY NOTE RE DOGS: Please give any dog walkers you encounter whilst running on your course extra space ie don’t run too close, especially if their dog/dogs are off lead. This applies to all competitors, not just those running with a dog. We always need to respect other people's right to be there.
  • Weather: Please check the weather forecast on the day and dress appropriately. This event is on the edge of the city, but the weather is unpredictable in January and could be very cold, windy and wet. We recommend full leg cover for all competitors.
  • Although the long range forecast means there should be no ice, it will be muddy and slippery espcially on the wetland boardwalk.
  • Course Closure Time: All courses have a closure time of 3pm after which controls will start to be brought in (before it gets dark. All competitors should be back at Download by 3pm.
  • You must report to Download even if you do not complete your course, so we know you are back safely, and we don’t have to mount a search for you.

Please read and respect the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.

Course Information

As for all ESOC local events, there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers, and Light Green and Map Memory courses for more experienced orienteers.

  • In a Map Memory course, map snippets with the next 1 or 2 controls/legs are attached to the previous control and the leg to the first control is visible at the Start. A map can be carried BUT only as a back-up.
  • Both the White and Yellow courses will use "smiley faces" to help juniors on one of the legs
  • On the Orange course there will be black/yellow tape to indicate a ruined fence which may be encountered as part of a route choice on one leg.

These are provisional course lengths.

Map Memory4.1km
Light Green4.1km

As for all ESOC local events, there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers, and one or more courses for experienced orienteers.

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry via RaceSignUp is required for this event. Entries open at 10am on Monday 1st January and will close at 8pm on Friday 12th January.

Enter now via RaceSignUp

However, If you want to guarantee a map for your chosen course you MUST pre-enter by 2pm on Tuesday 9th January.

Entry on the day (EOD): Entry on the day will be available at Registration as long as maps are available.

On the RaceSignUp page you can view

- an entry list for all competitors and their chosen start blocks (scroll down to the Start List section). Please note that you can arrive at the start any time within your block.
- a list of maps left (in the Courses box) ie entry limit-no of entries, from 3pm on Tuesday 9th January

Entry Fees: For 2024 we have a new range of Individual entry fees following membership restructuring by British Orienteering and increases in levy charges to support insurance cover for all competitors

CategoryBOF MembersSOA MembersNon Members
Seniors (over 25)£4.50£5.50£6.50
Juniors/Students/Young adults (21-25)£2.50£3.50£4.50

As well as individuals the entry system also allows pairs, groups or families who wish to go round a course together (sharing one map and dibber) to enter using a sliding scale of fees. Full details of how to enter pairs and groups (or as a Student) are on the RaceSignUp entry page. NB The RaceSignUp entry process for these categories has also changed for 2024

CategoryBOF membersSOA only membersNon members
2 Seniors£5.50£6.50£7.50
2 Juniors£3.00£4.00£5.00
1 Senior + 1 Junior£5.00£6.00£7.00
1 Senior + 2 Juniors£5.50£6.50£7.50
2 Seniors + 1 Junior£6.00£7.00£8.00
2 Seniors + 2 Juniors£6.50£7.50£8.50
2 Seniors + 3 Juniors£7.00£8.00£9.00

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.

We have SI dibbers for hire free of charge via the pre-entry system but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Registration and Start times

REGISTRATION: This will be very close to the Ranger Centre at the Lodge and will be open from around 11.45pm until 1.15pm. Download will be very close to Registration and the Start and Finish will also be close by.

Hired dibbers and White & Yellow maps should be collected from Registration

START TIMES: Starts will run from 12 noon to 1.30pm. Please choose an early start time if you think you might take a long time out on your course. You must be back at Download by 3pm as it will be getting dark early at this time of year and controls will start to be brought in then.


  • There is one toilet in the Visitor lodge for emergencies but there are numerous options for calling in at a supermarket or shopping centre on your way to the event.
  • The Friends of Cammo will again be collecting real Christmas trees for recycling into wildlife habitats. Drop off by car at the South or North car parks or on foot by the Lodge. More details on Friends of Cammo Facebook page
  • The Leaf & Bean coffee van will be in attendance serving coffee, tea and sweet treats Payment by card or phone. Feel free to bring your own mug.
  • Pre-Event Coaching - for ESOC members only. Want to improve your orienteering skills as we move into 2024? There will be coaching available before the event from 11am - 12 noon to help you get the most from the event and improve your orienteering skills. The coaching will be available for both adults and juniors and we will split participants into suitable groups with exercises appropriate for their skill levels. The coaching is available for ESOC members only and is free of charge. Juniors must be accompanied at all times. You must pre-register by 2pm Tuesday 9th January for the coaching session by signing up as part of the online event registration on Racesignup. More details will be sent to those who sign up before the deadline. Any queries please get in touch with email hidden; JavaScript is required

Dog restrictions

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

Nearest A&E Hospital

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SA Telephone: 0131 536 1000 NHS Urgent care search


First Aid: We encourage you to bring your own first aid kit and administer as necessary. A basic first aid kit will be available at Registration/Download. Attended by a qualified club First Aider Please ask there for anything you may need.

The main hospital for A&E services in Edinburgh is:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4SA
Telephone: 0131 536 1000

There is also a Minor Injuries (for children 12 years old and over and adults) at the Western General Hospital Crewe Road South, EH4 2XU

Depending on where you live you may prefer to attend A & E or the minor injury unit local to your home. Note that current advice is to ring 111 before attending A&E if the situation is not life threatening.