Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Cammo Estate

Image of the Cammo map

Local event

Sat 13th Jan 2024

Info updated: 26th Nov
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland

General Information

Our ever popular Local event in the Cammo Estate Nature Reserve

The event will be based close to the Ranger Centre/Visitor Centre (What3words:  /// at the junction of  Cammo Road and Cammo Walk in NW Edinburgh 

Terrain:  Parkland with some wooded areas and a good network of paths. 

Course Maps: The map will be printed on waterproof paper, the control descriptions will be printed on the map (no loose control descriptions) and the map scale will likely be 1:5000.

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: 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.

Facilities: There is one toilet in the Ranger/Visitor lodge for emergencies but there are numerous options for calling in at a supermarket or shopping centre on your way to the event. 

Dress: 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. 

Course Closure Time: Note that the timings for this event, including course closure time, are earlier than usual. All courses have a closure time of 3pm after which controls will start to be brought in. All competitors should be back at Download by 3pm. At this time of year this is especially important as we don't want to be bringing controls in during darkness.

Covid: Please don’t come to the event if you have Covid or symptoms of Covid.  Please also try to respect other people's personal space at all times, make use of the hand sanitiser wherever it is made available, remain as quiet as possible at and around the start area, the start line and the download area.   

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

Medical Conditions: You have the option of downloading, completing and handing this Medical Form to the Organiser (via Registration) so that existing medical conditions are known about in the event of an incident. Please put in a sealed envelope with your name on it. It will only be opened if required and will be destroyed unread if you don't collect before the end of the event. 

First Aid: We encourage you to bring your own first aid kit and administer as necessary.  A very basic first aid kit will be available at Registration/Download. Please ask there for anything you may need, the Organiser will be happy to help. 


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


The event will be based close to the Ranger Centre/Visitor Centre (EH4 8EE, What3words:  /// at the junction of  Cammo Road and Cammo Walk and can easily be reached …

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.

By bus – Lothian buses, Lothian Country buses and Stagecoach Express buses (heading for Fife) all have stops within  500-700m. 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 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.

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. 

Registration & Start Times

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

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.

Course Information

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.

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

Pre-Entry via RaceSignUp is advised for this event, a link will be added nearer the time.  Entries open Monday 2nd January at 10am and will finally close at 9am on Saturday 13th January - the day of the event.  To be guaranteed a map of your chosen course you MUST however pre-enter by 2pm on Tuesday 9th January.  

Entry on the Day (EOD) at the event will be possible only if there are course maps available. 

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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