Vogrie Festive Frolic -Wednesday 28th December 2022

Vogrie Festive Frolic -Wednesday 28th December 2022

Vogrie - Open Woodland on steep slopes

For longer than most of us can remember ELO have put on a fun orienteering event between Christmas and New Year. As well as finding the controls there has been a puzzle to add to the challenge. A mass start, a social gathering and a lively prize giving have made up for a great way to work off some of the Christmas excesses.

This year’s Festive Frolic at Vogrie on Wednesday 28th December will be fun and challenging.

Vogrie Country Park is a woodland estate managed by Midlothian Council. The Tyne Water runs through the park in a steep sided valley which can provide a physical challenge. Vogrie usually hosts a Saturday parkrun and has a popular playground but its varied terrain and 12 mile path network make this a popular venue for orienteering, particularly for those new to the sport. For the more experienced there are plenty of ways to navigate between controls both on paths and off them!

Orienteers of all abilities are welcome to join us on the day when we will have a range of courses to suit everyone.

General Information

Type of event:

Local event in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) series

Vogrie Burn and Tyne Water – Photo Credit: Jim Barton – geograph.org.uk/p/3705507


  • A mixture of parkland, woodland and disused quarries with fast running over a former golf course and slower going along steep sided deans.
  • Please observe any out of bounds areas.

Other Users

The area is very well used by the general public including dog walkers and families. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.


The area is well used by dog walkers so dogs are welcome to come with orienteers.


Toilets are available near registration.


Insert a description of the accessibility of the courses/area here.


Nearest Town: Gorebridge
Grid Ref: NT 276 632
Nearest Postcode: EH23 4NU


Vogrie is on the B6372 which runs from the A7 at Gorebridge to the A68 North of Pathhead.
There is a £2 parking charge which is paid (in cash or by card) at the barrier on exit.
While you are free to park anywhere in the car park, it would be considerate to the regular users of the car park if you were to park in the overflow parking to the NW of the main car park.
A route will be taped from there to Start/Finish/Download which will skirt round the main car park, but parents should ensure that children are kept away from the car park and particularly from cars which might reverse.

Public Transport

A limited bus service travels to the Edgehead and Dewarton crossroads, from where the park can be accessed on foot.

Nearest Defibrillator:

Thanks go to Vogrie parkrun for lending us their portable defibrillator for this event.

Registration & Start Times


This will be online – look for the ELO flag and tent to pick up hire dibbers.

Start and Finish:

There will be a mass start at 11:00

Courses Close:

Course closure time will be 12:20

Entry Charges

Senior (per person):TBC
Junior/Student (per person):TBC
Family Group (per team):TBC
A family group should include at least one child and one adult.

Course Information


The map is printed at 1:7500 with 2.5m contours.


SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used – we will have SIcards for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost. Units, apart from start and finish, will be set for contactless punching and SIACs to take advantage of this can be hired for £2.50.


60 minute Score course with control sites suitable for all abilities.

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

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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