Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Corstorphine Hill, Local Event

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ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 14th Mar 2020

Info updated: 21st Jan
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland

General Information

Hot on the heels of the bigger event on 23rd February this event is especially for newcomers and improvers. There will however also be a course especially for experienced orienteers.

Dress: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  Even though this area is within the city of Edinburgh, it is can still be cold, even on a fine late Winter/early Spring afternoon. Much of the open land faces West and can be windy and cold.. It is essential therefore to make sure you are dressed appropriately.  

Terrain:  City parkland with a mixture of open fields and woodland, with rock and contour detail; some steep slopes and crags.  The terrain can be wet/slippery/muddy depending on the weather in the weeks beforehand.

Other Users: This area is very well used by the general public including other runners and dog walkers.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.

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

Course Closure Time: Please note that all competitors should be back at download by 4pm at the latest. Controls will be brought in at 4pm.  

MEDICAL CONDITIONS: You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical Form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for Clermiston Road North in the city of Edinburgh.  Registration, start & finish and parking will all be near (but not in) the small public car park on the east side of Clermiston Road North.  There will be a kite at the entrance to the car park.  Competitors should turn in at the kite and follow signs thereafter to the off road competitor only parking.

It is possible to come to this event by public transport. Check Lothian Buses for information. Other buses, mostly those heading towards the Forth Bridge, also pass along Queensferry Road reasonably close to this event.

Registration & Start Times

TBC but Registration, Start and Finish will be a short easy walk from parking.

This will be an afternoon event with Registration/Starts likely to be from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Course Information

As usual for ESOC local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses. There will also be a course or an orienteering challenge especially for experienced orienteers. 

NOTE: The courses will be different to those offered at the bigger event held on Corstorphine Hill on 23rd February.

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

TBC but this event is entry on the day only. 

Contacts / Officials

Early enquiries can be made by email to:  

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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