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Covenanters Wood

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ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 13th Jun 2020

Info updated: 09th Jan
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

General Information

Dress: Please check the weather forecast on the day and dress appropriately.  This event is in a wood on the edge of the city but the weather in Scotland in June could be anything.  Bring sun cream and waterproofs!

Terrain:  Mainly a wooded area, steep in parts, with a river running through.  There is a good network of paths and a few ditches and streams. 

Other Users: Covenanters Wood is well used by the general public, including dog walkers, runners and bikers.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.

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

Course Closure Time: Please note that courses have a closure time of 4pm after which controls will start  to be brought in.

Nearby military operations: Covenanters Wood adjoins Dreghorn Barracks and it is very common to hear loud gunshots and other general military operations in this area of Edinburgh.  Dreghorn Barracks is a fully working military operation and there are army and public vehicles entering and leaving at all times.  It is very common for military personnel, in uniform, to be seen walking through the wood or in this general area of Edinburgh.  Please advise any juniors of this in advance. 

Location

map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh

Directions

Head for Dreghorn Barracks. The entrance to the wood which will be used for this event is close to the main gate of Dreghorn Barracks, Redford Road, Edinburgh.  The postcode given is for nearby houses in Dreghorn Park.  This is for general area guidance only, please don't turn into or park within Dreghorn Park.  Parking will be on the main road, Redford Road, which is wide near the wood. The part of Redford Road closest to the start and finish is near the flashing 30mph sign.  Please take care when entering and exiting your car as the road is busy. 

Although there is no parking restriction there, it would be helpful if you could avoid parking directly outside the Barracks.

It is possible to get to this event by public transport.  Service 16, Lothian Buses, stops very close to the event.  This is a very regular service.  Check Lothian Buses website for more information.  The closest stops are the 2 immediately after the roundabout at Dreghorn Link. The first stop is just before the wood and the second one is just after it.

Registration & Start Times

TBC but these will be close to the parking on Redford Road.

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 plus there will be a challenging course for experienced orienteers.

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 it will be EOD only.

Contacts / Officials

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Safety and Risk

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