Gosford Estate
Saturday 26 March 2022

Gosford Estate  Saturday 26 March 2022

Gosford House, East Lothian. Photo Credit: Jim Barton - geograph.org.uk/p/5229711

Gosford is a privately-owned estate stretching between the East Lothian villages of Longniddry and Aberlady.  The area contains 18th-Century Gosford House and its park in the centre, sections of farmland, and surrounding deciduous woodland. Although the event will stay away from the House itself, the parkland contains many interesting features such as ornamental ponds, ha-has, a mausoleum, a grotto, and an ex-POW camp.

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

Gosford Burn – Richard Webb (https://geograph.org.uk/p/5570935)


  • This event will use the eastern half of our map, which boasts only a few contour features, but has a complex network of paths and ditches in the northern part, and more traditional mixed woodland elsewhere.
  • Please observe any out of bounds areas.

Other Users

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


Dogs must be on leads and are not welcome in the wooded area to the south of Hungary House due to ground nesting birds.
Be aware that the usual East Lothian wildlife (deer and hares) are common.
See also the note about blue-green “algae”, which can be toxic to dogs.


Toilets are available at Gosford Bothy or Longniddry Bents Car Park.


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Nearest Town: Aberlady
Grid Ref: NT 453 782
Nearest Postcode: EH32 0PX


We are parking near the location below, with entry through the nearby gate from the A198, 1km south of the closed main gate at North Lodge.

Parking within the estate along the road to Assembly is free. If that fills up then late-comers may need to park across the A198 in one of the Bents carparks (£2 charge) and walk back to the state entrance.

Public Transport

It is also possible to get to the event by bus (Edinburgh-North Berwick service from East Coast Buses; use the “Pleasance” stop in Aberlady, then close your eyes when walking from the Bothy to assembly!) or by train to Longniddry (enter by the West Lodge gate for a pleasant 3km walk through the woods in the southern part of the Estate).

Registration & Start Times


This will be online (and potentially for newcomers at the car park) – look for the ELO flag and tent!
Please select an early start time if you think you might take a long time to complete your course.

Start and Finish:

Start times will be from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

The start and finish will be close to registration.

Courses Close:

The courses will close at 4:00pm, so if you have not completed your course by then, you should stop and return to assembly. 
You must report to the Download point, whether you complete the course or not, so that we know you are not lost or injured in the woods!

Course Information


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


SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used – we will have SIs 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.


There will be White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses.

Course Length / Ascent Difficulty
White / Very Easy
Yellow / Easy
Orange / Moderate
Light Green / Difficult

More details about the colour coding is available on the Scottish Orienteering website.


Michael Atkinson


Pete Brownsort

Entry Charges

Entry is cheaper if you are a current 2022 member of a club affiliated to Scottish or British Orienteering.

Please ensure that your membership has been renewed for 2022.

British/Scottish Orienteering member* (Pre-entry)Non‑member
Parent and Child (one parent with one child)£2.50£3.50
Larger Family Groups (one or more children accompanied by one or more adults)£3£5
Pair of Seniors£5£7
Pair of Juniors (no accompanying adults)£2£3
*Members of any orienteering club will receive a discount for pre-entry only.
**Note that although non-members are now permitted to take part, Covid regulations still limit the support we can give beginners.

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.

  • Ditches: although they are all technically crossable as mapped, you probably won’t want to choose routes that cross the ditches shown as continuous lines, as they are quite wide, with steep sides, and may be a bit deep after rain. The ones shown as broken lines are in general fairly easily crossed.  In any case, courses are planned so that you shouldn’t need to cross many, or perhaps any, of them except via bridges.
  • Hungary House: This is a private residence to the east of the map. The area immediately surrounding this house has been marked as Out of Bounds. The course that needs to go past this house indicates a way around this area.
  •  Vegetation:
    • The rhododendrons have grown a little since some areas were first mapped.
    • Not every holly bush is on the map!

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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