Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Figgate Park

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ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 10th Oct 2020

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

General Information

Dress: Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Spring in Edinburgh can bring weather of any kind!  The forecast suggests possible sleet and snow but who knows?  Dress for the weather on the day.

Terrain:  City park.  There is a pond so adults should make sure young children are supervised at all times.

Other Users: Figgate Park is very well used by the general public.  Competitors should respect the right of other users at all times when they are out on their course.

Dogs:  Figgate Park is a popular dog-walking area so dogs are allowed but should be kept under close control at all times.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS: You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical Form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Early plans are to have this event centred on the West end of Figgate Pond. Please check nearer the event as we may have to move to the South East end of the pond.  Parking is in the streets around the South side of Figgate Park.  This is a residential area so please park considerately and be prepared to park further away from the park and walk in.  Look out for the ESOC flag and tent.

Registration & Start Times

TBC but all will be close together.

This will be an afternoon event with Registration/Starts likely to be from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Course Information

As usual at ESOC local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers and there will also be a course, which probably will include an urban element, for more 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 this local event will only have entry on the day. 

Contacts / Officials

Early enquiries can be made by email to:

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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