Binning Wood
Saturday 24th September


That was tough and offered some TD5 terrain, uncommon for Saturday afternoon events! If you were very careful and accurate you probably got on OK, but the controls weren’t going to shout “here I am” to you. The Short Green possibly wasn’t Short and the Green could have been called Blue (or Brown). Sorry that some of you ran out of time.

Our Saturday afternoon event was in Binning Wood, north of East Linton. The owners of the wood have done a lot of work clearing rhododendrons and Godfrey has spent many hours updating the map. In many areas the visibility has improved and hidden ditches have reappeared, although the brashings will slow you down.

Godfrey has planned White, Yellow, Orange, Short Green and Green courses, starting and finishing near the car park at the southwest corner of the wood.

Final Details

Type of event: Local event in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) series.
Type of terrain: Mixed woodland.  The owners of the wood have done a lot of work clearing rhododendrons and Godfrey has spent many hours updating the map. In many areas the visibility has improved and hidden ditches have reappeared, although the brashings, shown by green undergrowth screen, will slow you down.

General Information

Other Users: The woods are very well used by the general public. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering. An area at north of the map is a green burial site and is marked as out of bounds to orienteers.
Dogs: Area is well used by dog walkers so dogs are welcome.


Nearest town: East Linton
Grid Ref: NT595796
Postcode: EH40 3DT

Directions: The event will be signposted off the road between the B1377 in East Linton, past Preston Mill and the A198 at Tyningham.
Parking: The Map shows the location of registration and the first car park. There are other car parking areas further up the road.
Please note that a large-scale charity cycle ride will be passing the wood so take extra care when arriving and leaving any of the car-parks.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: From 1:30 pm to 3.00 pm in the woods. Pre-entry is not available; all entries will be taken on the day. The registration form can be downloaded and completed before you arrive.
Toilets – at Tesco in Haddington or Asda in Dunbar
Start and Finish – Close to the registration. Start times will be from 1.45 pm to 3.00pm.
Courses Close – At 4pm.  Please report to the Finish (and Download) by 4pm, even if you have not completed your course. Controls will be brought in from 4 pm.

Course Information

  • White (1.4 km – very easy)
  • Yellow (2.7 km – easy)
  • Orange (3.6 km – moderate)
  • Short Green (3.5 km hard)
  • Green (5.2 km hard)
SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used. If you have your own SI please bring it with you. We will have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Entry Charges

  • Seniors (born 1995 or earlier)
    British Orienteering members – £3
    Non-members – £5
  • Juniors (born 1996 or later)
    British Orienteering members – £1.50
    Non-members – £2.50
  • Groups (Adults + children)
    Each additional adult in a group: add £1
  • Each additional junior in a group: add 50p

Planner: Godfrey Beddard

Safety and Risk
A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
Some of the ditches in the wood are deep and too wide to jump

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2 thoughts on “Binning Wood
Saturday 24th September

  1. Pete Younger

    Thank you Godfrey. I really enjoyed both of my attempts at Short Green – proper TD5 orienteering. I had no major problems finding any of the controls and the fact that on my second attempt I could use different route choices on every leg (except 8 to 9) shows how much route choice was built in to the course.
    Generally the rpath route choices proved faster but the gap wasn’t as marked as might have been expected from rough terrain like this – even the thick rhododendrons were penetrable!

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