Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Cammo Estate

Image of the Cammo map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 11th Jan 2014

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


Results now available.

Cammo is the ideal place for orienteering on a winter afternoon.  It’s safe, sheltered, varied and interesting.  It is quite busy with the public, many of them dog-walkers, but there is room for everyone.   We never know how many people are going to turn up on a Saturday (hence the need to copy some extra maps) and today it was a lot.  We're grateful to the Council for letting us use the Lodge as an indoor base for registration and results, and to the Friends of Cammo who do a lot to keep the area in good condition.
Lots of people had their first experience of orienteering today, and hopefully they found it a good one.  Many of the regular users of the grounds enjoyed seeing so many children running about.  Many regular orienteers enjoyed the challenge of new courses here based on the updated Permanent Course.  Lots and lots of Juniors completed their Record Cards and got new ones.   Many of them had already completed a training session at the Royal High School earlier in the day. 
These events don’t happen without a lot of hard work, and I’m grateful to the ESOC members who kept their noses to the grindstone on Registration and Download (in the warm building)  and the Start (on the cold track).  We finished up taking in controls in the moonlight; which was quite fun too.

Janet Clark   Organiser   0131 225 7771   

General Information

Dress: It's January and even in a city park it can be cold, wet, windy or we could have snow and ice.  Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

Terrain: Cammo is mainly parkland with some wooded areas and a good network of paths.  The map was fully revised in September 2013.  The Permanent Course was also updated at this time with new control sites and Map Packs will be available for sale on the day at £2.00 each.

Dogs: Cammo is a popular dog walking area so dogs can be brought to the event but must be kept under close control at all times. 

General Public: You are likely to meet many members of the public while out on your course.  Please respect their right to be there and take care.


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


Cammo is on the Western edge of the city of Edinburgh.  Park in Cammo Road and enter the Estate through the Lodge Gates.

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION will be in the Ranger Centre and will run from 2pm to 3pm.  It is not necessary - or possible – to pre-enter for this event.  Everyone is very welcome, just to turn up. The afternoons are short at this time of year, especially if the weather is poor, so please try to come early if you think you might take a long time over your course.

START AND FINISH will be close together. Start times will be from 2pm to 3pm.

COURSES CLOSE at 4pm and controls will be brought in from that time, so it is essential that you report to the Finish by 4pm, even if you have not completed your course.  

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and a course for more experienced orienteers and those who want to move up to a more challenging course than orange.  

This is a good area for experienced orienteers to use for training. 

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 1993 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1994 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

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.  If you have your own SI please bring it with you. We will have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Janet Clark


Phone: 0131 225 7771

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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