Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Corstorphine Hill

Image of the Corstorphine Hill map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 01st Mar 2014

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


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Organiser's Comments

What better way can there be to spend a beautiful spring afternoon than orienteering on Corstorphine Hill? No one was expecting the massive turnout we had - over 100 individuals or groups. It wasn't long before we had to copy out extra maps, and when we ran out of them we had to collect maps from finishers. Some of the yellow maps went around the course 3 times!

Corstorphine Hill is always a challenging area to orienteer in. There are lots of steep slopes and thick vegetation, although it's a little easier to fight through bushes at this time of year. The path network is very good - as long as you know which path you're on.
Lots of people had their first experience of orienteering today. Everyone I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed the courses and the challenge. We hope to see you at another event soon.

Thanks to everyone who attended, particularly for your patience with our shortage of maps. Thanks very much to Jim for planning such interesting courses, and to everyone who helped out on the day. Also, many thanks to the General Teaching Council for letting us use their car park.

Gemma Karatay   Organiser

General Information

Toilets: There are no toilets at the car park and this is a relatively public area.  Public toilets are available on St John’s Road a few hundred yards west of the end of Clermiston Road, opposite St Ninian’s Church.  

Dress: In March it may well be cold, wet, windy or there may even be snow or ice on the ground.  Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

Terrain: Corstorphine Hill is a mixture of open fields and woodland, with rock and contour detail.  There are many crags and some steep slopes.

Dogs: Corstorphine is a popular public recreation area with many people out walking their dogs.  If you bring a dog, please keep it under 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: City of Edinburgh


Parking is at the General Teaching Council at : Clerwood, 96 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh.  This is on the same side of Clermiston Road as the hill, approx half-way between Queensferry Road and St John’s Road, Corstorphine.  Please note that it is not possible to turn right off Queensferry Road into Clermiston Road North if approaching from the west (Barnton Junction).

You can reach this area easily by bus.  Check the Lothian Buses website for more information.

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: 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 still pretty 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.

This area is good for orienteering at all levels despite being a city park.  

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

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