Yellowcraigs is a mixed coastal area of forest, sand-dunes and open grassland which provides plenty of challenge for old and new 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.
We look forward to seeing you at the end of August for an afternoon’s orienteering followed by a barbeque.
Our September event will be at Butterdean Wood on Saturday 29th September.
Butterdean is a flat wood mainly made up of conifers with patches of birch and ash. The wood is home to wrens, goldcrests and chaffinches as well as roe deer and some animal sculptures. It is managed by the Woodland Trust and East Lothian Council.
Winton Estate is a new area for orienteering in East Lothian and we look forward to seeing you at the end of October to run on a brand new map!
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.
Our Festive Frolic is usually a mass-start score orienteering event which is open to all!