Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Hillend Park

Image of the Hillend Park map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Wed 16th May 2012

Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Moorland



General Information

Thanks to everyone who came along to our annual Hillend event.  The weather held for the event though it was very chilly for the helpers - the amount of climb meant it wasn't so cold for the competitors! 
The weather in the afternoon when controls were being put out included hail, sun and rain within the space of one hour - typical for May in Edinburgh??


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


Head for the upper ski slope car park which is accessed from the A702 about 500m south of Lothianburn junction of the city of Edinburgh bypass (A720). Look out for the signs to Midlothian Ski Centre.
Please note that the turn off from the A702 is just beside the terminus of Lothian Buses service 4.

Registration & Start Times

Between 6pm and 7pm
Please come early if you know you will be out for a long time.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and something for more experienced orienteers.  This area is suitable for all orienteering skill levels and is ideal for beginners and more experienced orienteers alike.
Courses will close at 8pm at which point controls will start to be brought in.

This event is also likely to run in combination with ESOC club training night - information about this will be sent by email directly to ESOC members.

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

Juniors (all) - £1.50
Seniors who are members of British Orienteering - £3
Seniors who are not member of British Orienteering - £4
Small Groups (all) - £4
SI Hire is free (£30 charge if lost)

Contacts / Officials

Further information from Janet Clark at

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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