Festive Frolic: Levenhall Links
Saturday 29 December 2018

Levenhall Links, Musselburgh

Levenhall Links is an interesting area in that the whole of the western part, the main section of the map, has been built up over the years from the ash from Cockenzie Power Station. Old maps show the racecourse as being on the shore originally. The sea wall was built and then the lagoons were filled with the ash slurry which was pumped from Cockenzie and sprayed out. As the sections were filled, they were landscaped, forming the pond and the bird sanctuary (the out of bounds area just east of the pond). Now that the power station has closed and been demolished, the remaining dark ashy bits are gradually becoming more attractive.

The map includes the old Morrison’s Haven, a once-thriving harbour which was infilled for safety reasons after it fell into disuse in the early twentieth century. Prior to that, the area around the harbour was an industrial site with chemical based factories, making sulphuric acid, soap, glass etc.

The Festive Frolic is a chance to burn off some of that Christmas turkey in a fun event with a festive twist. As usual there will be a score orienteering event (find as many controls as possible within an hour) which is open to all! There will be a mass start at 11am.

As ever, there will be a twist so that just visiting the controls isn’t the only way to gain points and win prizes. What will Sheila have devised for us this year?

Information about how to pre-enter will be here very soon.

There might be a few more details here nearer the event, but don’t expect the whole story!

General Information

Type of event:

This is a score event with a mass-start. This means that you have a maximum time of 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible. You don’t have to stay out for all 60 minutes, but if you arrive back late you will get penalty points. Most people will start together at 11am although a few can start a little later
There will be other ways of earning points. Please bring a pen with you.


A mix of open areas with shelter belts of thick woodland
While some of the grass is cut, much has been left to grow for the use of ground nesting birds. As the cutting varies from time to time, it may not all be correctly mapped.
There is a good network of paths so navigation is not very challenging
The east-most and west-most former lagoon areas are still owned by Scottish Power and the ground surface has been treated to stabilise the as and allow vegetation to take hold. We do not have permission to cross these areas and they are mapped as out of bounds.

Other Users:

The area is used by the general public. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering. You must not enter any out of bounds areas.


Area is used by dog walkers so dogs are welcome.


Nearest town: Musselburgh
Grid Ref: NT 348 734
Postcode: EH21 7SRH


Assembly and registration is in the base of the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service at the west end of the area on the north western side of the racecourse complex.


There is quite a bit of parking at the building, later arrivals will have to park on the streets.


Registration is from 10:15am
Pre-entry is preferable, saving both you and us a lot of trouble on the day and will remain open until about 10pm the evening before.
It will help us if groups intending going round together could pre-enter one member of the group here and come to registration on the morning to give us details of the others and pay a small supplement for extra maps.
If you have problems with the online system or you really can’t decide until the morning if you are going to come, entry on the day remains an option.
Pre-entry on SiEntries.

Start and Finish:

Start is approx 800m from Registration. Finish is close to Registration.


The map is printed at 1:10,000 with 5m contours and has seen some minor revisions. Note that the east-most area of the map is printed separately, with some overlap.


SPORTident (SI) electronic timing will be used – we will have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost. Controls will be enabled for contactless punching.


There will not be a White course, but we can suggest a suitable choice of controls for beginners.
The optimum route to visit every control is approx 8km.

Entry Charges

Seniors £7
Juniors – £3
Groups Adults + children
 add £2 per additional adult and £1 per additional child to the above, payable on the day.

Safety and Risk

• A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the organisers, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event
• Parents with small children should note that there are landscaped ponds in the competition area
• Short remnants of ruined fences create potential trip hazards.

Medical Conditions

If you, or anyone in your group (including juniors), have a medical condition that first-aiders or health professionals should know about in the event of accident or illness during the course of the event please print off the Medical Form, complete it fully and bring it along to the event.   You should complete a separate copy for each individual who has a medical condition.  Please leave the completed Medical Form at Event Registration.  If it is not in a labelled sealed envelope, it will be put in one and will be opened only in an emergency.  It will be shredded immediately after the event if you do not claim it back.


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