Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Corstorphine Hill

Image of the Corstorphine Hill map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 28th Mar 2015

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


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Organiser's comments:

Windy today; the tents would never have survived.  We walked all round the building to find the sheltered side, and crouched behind the walls for Registration, with the computers safely in the van in case of rain. It could have been much worse; the forecast was scary.  Numbers were down a bit on some of our Saturdays, but those who were determined enough to come were well rewarded.  Winning times on all courses were good, and Corstorphine Hill lived up to its reputation for proving tricky enough in parts even for those who know it well.

Many thanks to Maureen Brown who planned the courses, Katy, Anne and Alastair who put out the controls, and a large team of ESOC helpers.  We are also most grateful to the General Teaching Council of Scotland who let us use their car park so willingly and so often.

Janet Clark     0131 225 7771

General Information

Dress: Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  The weather can still be quite cold, wet or snowy/slippery at this time of year.

Terrain:  Mixture of open fields and woodland, with rock and contour detail; some steep slopes.  There is also an extensive path network. Although this is a city area it still presents a very good orienteering challenge for everyone.  There are steep slopes and open rock in places which can be slippery in wet weather.

Other Users: Corstorphine Hill is very well used by the general public including dog walkers, bikers and families. 

Dogs: There are many dog walkers on this area.


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


Parking is at the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), 96 Clermiston Road, EH12 6UP. signposted off the East side of Clermiston Road, towards the South end of Corstorphine Hill.

Coming to our event by bus is an option - why not check out Lothian Buses.

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: This will be from 1.30pm to 3pm adjacent to the GTCS building where most cars will be parked.  It is not necessary - or possible – to pre-enter for this event.  Everyone is very welcome, just to turn up.  Please do try to come early if you think you might take a long time over your course. 

START AND FINISH will be very close to the car park and starts will be from 1.30pm to 3pm. 

COURSES CLOSE at 4pm promptly and controls will be brought in from that time.  In the interests of safety it is essential that you report to the Finish by 4pm, even if you have not completed your course.  See above about starting early if you want to have plenty of time to finish your course. 

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and a Green course for more experienced orienteers.  This is an excellent area for orienteers at all skill levels and very easily accessible within the city of Edinburgh. Corstorphine Hill truly has something for everyone and is very easy to get to.

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 1994 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1995 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

Phone Janet on 0131 225 7771

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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