Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Davidson’s Mains Park

Image of the Davidson’s Mains Park & Royal High School map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 17th Nov 2012

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


Results are now available.

General Information


Davidsons Mains Park is ideal for a winter afternoon, and well over a hundred people came to take advantage of the safe and sheltered park on a cold and sunny afternoon.  Alison (Planner) and Maureen (Controller) provided something for everyone.  The White and Yellow courses were ideal for the young families and for people venturing out unaccompanied perhaps for the first time.  We signed so many Junior Record Cards that we ran out of badges for completing 5 events – more of these are on their way.  Orange was an intermediate challenge for the more experienced.  The “Green” map memory course made ingenious use of the very easy area.  History does not record the maximum number of visits to the Master Maps, but one person memorised the whole 15 controls in one go.

There will be no more Saturday afternoon events this year.  Parties and Christmas shopping get in the way.  After New Year we will e-mail the details of the 2013 programme to everyone whose contact details we hold, and hope to see many of you there.

Janet Clark      Organiser   0131 225 7771   


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for East Barnton Avenue, Edinburgh (near Royal High School)

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Starts will be from 2pm to 3pm.

Course Information

White, Yellow, Orange and something for more experienced orienteers.

This event usually includes a timed kilometre path run.

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

Adults - £4
Family groups: £4
Juniors/Students: £1.50
£1 discount for individual adult members of orienteering clubs affiliated to British Orienteering

Contacts / Officials

Janet Clark -

Safety and Risk

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