Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Corstorphine Hill

Image of the Corstorphine Hill map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 09th Mar 2013

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


Results now available.

General Information

Apologies to all those on the light green and orange courses who were affected by the misplaced control no 203. It came about through a series of errors that started with the controller’s broken arm – not really a good enough excuse. Everyone who missed that control has been reinstated in the results. There may still be some who took longer searching for it – to them we can only say sorry and hope it did not spoil anyone’s run too much and that you will all return for more at the next event.

This was a great event. None of the factors which might have mitigated against it seemed to matter at all once we got started (snowing in the morning, 6-Nations rugby at Murrayfield, very slippery slopes all over the hill). Rob planned the courses specially to visit parts of Corstorphine Hill only accessible in the dead of winter when the vegetation is down, and everyone seemed to appreciate this. The run-in to the Finish over the waterlogged grass slope was very exciting. It was great to see so many Juniors coming straight from their training session to practise their new skills – and get ESOC Club Champs points too. The usual mixture of first-timers and old-timers were all enthusiastic participants. Come again soon!

Grateful thanks as ever to the club members who put in long cold shifts to man the Car park, Registration, Start/Finish and Control-patrolling, and we are much indebted to the General Teaching Council for Scotland for the use of their car park.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Parking for this event is at the General Teaching Council for Scotland, 96 Clermiston Road, EH12 6UP. This is signposted off the east side of Clermiston Road, towards the south end of Corstorphine Hill. GR NT 204 740.

NOTE: This is a change to the original parking location mentioned on this website earlier. We now have permission to use the GTS car park which should make parking a little easier for this event.

Parking Note: There is a rugby international at Murrayfield Stadium the same afternoon as this event. We hope most, or all, competitors who come by car will be accommodated in the car park. We also think car parking in the general area of the event will not be impacted unduly by the rugby however the roads could be busier so please leave plenty of time to reach the event. Coming to our event by bus is an option - check out Lothian Buses

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Starts will be from 2pm to 3pm.
For this event, as for the whole East of Scotland Saturday series, it is not necessary - or possible - to enter in advance. Everyone is welcome to turn up and enter on the day.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and a course for more experienced orienteers.  This area is suitable for orienteers of all skill levels.

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 1992 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1993 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

SI Card Hire is free but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Contacts / Officials

Janet Clark -

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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