Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Cammo Estate

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Sat 14th Jan 2023

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


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Winsplits are here

General Information

LOST PROPERTY - A bank note was found during the event and handed in. If it belongs to you please email giving details of the value of lost banknote and your thoughts on where you might have lost it. 


ORGANISER'S COMMENTS FRIOM JAYNE MACGREGOR:  The weather improved from very wet early morning to a bright day with just a few sharp showers making the underfoot conditions even muddier and the course planned by Sam supported by grandad Peter were well received especially the Windows/Corridor course which was tricky even for those that know the area well.

Thanks to everyone for coming to Cammo yesterday - another bumper entry and nice to see most of our Local event regulars. Interestingly a lot of these regulars are non-members paying the~£2 levy per entry. This additional payment would soon be recouped by joining ESOC and this will not only have the benefit of being able to pay the reduced member entry fee but will give access to regular training and coaching opportunities and encouragement to try more “serious events” such as the SOL (Scottish Orienteering League) event at North Pentlands in March, details here.   Membership info here

Thanks also to:

  • all the ESOC officials and helpers (efficient and willing as always) and Assistant Organiser Heidi who is learning the ropes as an Organiser and had a go at all the roles before and during the day and especially the more physical aspects.
  • The Ranger service from Edinburgh City Council for not only giving permission for the event (and use of the Lodge) but for the new Wetland area and the Leaf & Bean coffee van who, it appears, had their best day ever for takings.
  • The Friends of Cammo group for their hard work in keeping Cammo looking great by maintaining paths, adding seats etc (one of their members was still shovelling home-made chipped bark onto muddy paths in the twilight when I left at 3:30pm)




-  Buying refreshments from the Leaf & Bean Coffee van by the Lodge, who sell hot drinks and cakes/biscuits etc - bring you own mug!
- Bringing your Christmas tree for recycling into a wildlife habitat. 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 here 
- Visiting the new wetland ponds and boardwalk in the South Field.

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. 

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 are no facilities. NO TOILETS - Please 'go before you go' to the event. 'Informal toileting' is discouraged as there is little cover and this is a busy area.  There are numerous options for calling in at a supermarket or shopping centre on your way to the event. 

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 is based close to the Ranger Centre/Visitor Centre (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, a Light Green course for more experienced orienteers and a Corridor/Window Course for experienced orienteers who would like an extra challenge. 

Provisional  Course Details (slight tweaks may be made):

White  1.4k with 20m climb

Yellow  2.0k with 50m climb 

Orange  3.0k  with 70m climb

Light green 3.8k  with 90m climb

Corridor/Window Course - length TBC but will be just under 4k with modest climb

Notes re The Corridor/Window Course - this is a good training exercise for experienced orienteers. It is a normal course, but with much of the map blanked out!  On Corridor legs only a narrow strip of map is shown on either side of a route between the controls. You need to keep in contact with the map and within the corridor. On Window legs all that is shown are small blocks of map around the controls, and perhaps part way through the leg. You have to make your way between the blocks using compass and distance estimation, and then re-locate when you get into the next block. The planning makes sure that there are no bad obstacles in the blank sections between blocks – you may find open ground or forest, all runnable, although sometimes only slowly. You will also meet paths, but they will probably not be going in the right direction!

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 required for this event.  Entries open Monday 2nd January at 10am and will finally close at 10am on Saturday 14th January - the day of the event.  To be guaranteed a map of your chosen course you MUST however pre-enter by 2pm on Monday 9th January (a day and a few hours earlier than usual due to uncertainty over postal strikes and deliveries).  

Late pre-entries - As mentioned above, entries will remain open until 10am on the morning of the event BUT entries will only be accepted by Racesignup if there are course maps remaining.   RaceSignUp will not accept your entry once the maps for your chosen course have sold out. You could maybe try entering a different course if your first choice is full.

Entry on the Day (EOD) at the event will be possible only if there are course maps available. If you have to resort to coming to the event without pre-entering please read bring the correct money or be prepared to pay by card.

You can view an entry list for all competitors and their chosen start blocks on RaceSignUp (scroll down to Start List section). Please note that you can arrive at the start any time within your block.

Entry Fees: As well as individuals the entry system also allows pairs, groups or families who wish to go round a course together to enter using a sliding scale of fees.  Full details are on the RaceSignUp webpage.

Contacts / Officials

Advance Enquiries: EMAIL

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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