Yellowcraig is a mixed coastal area of forest, sand-dunes and open grassland which provides plenty of challenge for new and experienced orienteers. The map was updated for the 2016 Scottish Championships and there is a network of paths and ditches through the woods and dunes.
The island of Fidra, reputedly the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, lies just to the north-west and is an RSPB nature reserve.
Lochend is a flat wood mainly made up of conifers with patches of birch and ash. There is an extensive path network and some vehicle tracks where care is needed. Even at this time of year undergrowth can be very dense once you leave the path network. There are some nettles and brambles so full leg cover is recommended.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 26th October for a local event where we will have a range of courses to suit all abilities.
North Berwick Law is a conical hill which rises above North Berwick and stands at 187 metres above sea level. The Law is a volcanic plug similar to Arthur’s Seat and the top has the remains of an Iron Age hill fort as well as the ruins of military buildings that were used by lookouts in both the Napoleonic wars and the second world war. A whale jawbone has stood at the top of the law since 1709 providing a distinctive backdrop to the town. However, none of the courses will visit the upper slopes of the Law.
There is a terrific variety of terrain at Duns but everywhere it is tough going once you leave the path network.
There is a wealth of small features on the ground but these are not always shown on the map in as much detail as might be expected.
Since the last major remapping some areas of trees have been cleared and replanted. These are generally shown as ‘Rough semi open ground’ – with the emphasis on the ‘rough’.
The woods will be delightful with golden leaves showering down.
JMCP is a wonderful area for orienteering. The woods have an excellent path network and the fringe of dunes covered by spiky marram grass provides a technical challenge.
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.