Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Cammo EstateSat 15 Jan

ESOC Local Event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Last updated: Sat 20 January, 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: Parkland & Woodland


The results are available here (apologies to several who were missed off the provisional results). Click on the 'Display splits' button to compare your performance with others.

ORGANISER'S COMMENTS: I volunteered to organise the annual Cammo Local event as it is only a 5-minutes’ walk from where we live and a regular dog walking area. I always knew that pre-Covid this was a popular event for everyone but it was especially pleasing that post-Covid it was equally popular. We had 150 pre-entries (with ~180 individuals) and so many newcomers we needed the whole ESOC stock of hired dibbers as well as an emergency print run of maps. David’s contact with local schools led to a very healthy proportion of families, for a lot of whom this was their first ever event. Fortunately we could summon enough ESOC helpers to give them some instruction. Thanks to them and all the other helpers who make the job of organising on the day so enjoyable.

The courses planned by Oli Warlow (approved by controller Peter Halling) were much appreciated by all levels of experience, the weather played its part and everyone seemed to have a good time. Some unexpected recent work at Cammo including a forest of canes marking some new, soon to be planted, hedge lines and wreaths of donated Christmas trees around the isolated trees, in the 3 main Cammo fields, just added to the atmosphere. A major map update will be required before the next event to include a formal wetland area (complete with boardwalks) to be installed in the South Field this Spring and some new features the Friends of Cammo have been adding as wildlife habitats eg a big pile of stones. All the good work at the estate by the Friends of Cammo (who were very helpful in the run up to the event) including archaeological surveys can be seen on their Facebook page.

Jayne MacGregor


ESOC's second local event of 2022 and it's only 15th January!

Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: City of Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.96017,-3.31972
OS Grid Ref: NT177748
Postcode: EH12 8AN

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Directions / Parking

The event is based close to the Ranger Centre/Visitor Centre (What3words: ///hints.camp.trying) 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 new 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.

Graphic of Cammo Transport Options

Note that access to Cammo via the Lodge includes walking around the Estate gates via one of two narrow entrances either side of the gates. There will be a one-way system in place to try and reduce congestion especially as the park may be busy with members of the public as well as orienteers.

Course Information

As for most ESOC local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses suitable for beginners and improvers and a Green course suitable for experienced orienteers only (or those who are already experienced at least at Light Green skill level and are ready to move up to Green).

Course Details
Course Length
White 1.1km
Yellow 2.4km
Orange 2.7km
Green 5.1km

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry closed earlier than 6pm on Thursday 13th January as the entry limit was reached. You can still check RACE SIGN UP for a list of current entrants on each course and their chosen start block (scroll all the way down to the Start List section but note that the Start List section is only there after the first entry has been made).


Senior (born 2001 or earlier) BOF/SOA member - £4

Junior (born 2002 or later) or Student BOF/SOA members - £2

If not a current BOF or SOA member add £2 to the fees.

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used. You can hire a dibber free of charge via the entry system from ESOC but there is a £30 charge if you lose it.

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used. You can borrow an ESOC dibber free of charge (£30 charge if lost) via the pre-entry system. If however you would like to buy your own dibber (SI-Card) then a variety are available directly from SportIdent UK. The choice may be confusing and it may help you to know that the SI-Cards which ESOC hires out are very similar to the most basic model shown on the linked page - the SI-Card 8.

Hired Dibbers should be collected on the day as outlined in Registration/Start section above.

Registration and Start times

There will be no registration or enquiries at this event. The Start and Finish will both be less than 50m from the Lodge gates. PLEASE do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your Start time.

START TIMES: from 1pm to 2.30pm with courses closing at 3.30pm (you need to be back at Download at this time). At 3.30pm we'll start to bring in controls as it gets dark very early at this time of year. Remember to enter early and get an early start time if you think you'll take a long time to complete your course.

HIRED DIBBER COLLECTION and WHITE AND YELLOW COURSE MAP COLLECTION - Hired dibbers and White or Yellow maps (ONE map per entry only) should be collected, before heading to the Start, from a table adjacent to the Download tent next to the Lodge.

Note that Orange and Green course maps are collected after you have punched the 'Start' unit with your SI dibber and your electronic timing has started.

FINISH and DOWNLOAD: After the Finish there will be a taped lane to access Download to avoid unnecessary crowding and mingling and once you have downloaded please proceed immediately to exit through the Lodge gates using the one-way system.

RESULTS: There will be no splits issued or results on the day and we hope to have live online results. A link to access live results will be posted prominently on this website closer to the event (possibly as late as the day before so keep checking).

Contacts / Officials

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