Winton Hill
Saturday 25th June 2022

Winton Hill  Saturday 25th June 2022

Winton Estate: © Richard Webb -

Winton Estate is a relatively new area for orienteering in East Lothian with a strong path network making it ideal for those wanting to try orienteering for the first time.

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

Organiser’s Report

Thanks to everyone who came along to beautiful sunny June afternoon in East Lothian and to Joel who planned for the first time. Challenging courses were always going to be the order of the day at this time of year with the vegetation springing up in June.

Particular thanks to Robin, Sheila and Pete who all helped out without running and to Jenny, Jamie, Ian and Jeff who helped with the start and/or brought in the controls. There must have been a slight sinking feeling about volunteering for that when the heavens briefly opened later in the afternoon but thankfully it cleared up again quickly.

We look forward to seeing you in North Berwick at the end of August.

Planner’s Report

Thank you very much for coming along to my first event as the planner.  I have learned a lot during this experience especially that people don’t like brambles – which were quite prominent on Saturday.  The weather was mostly good until near the end where it decided it was going to rain a bit earlier than it said on the forecast.  Thanks a lot to Michael who helped me (a lot) during planning for this event.


  • Simple results are here.
  • Routegadget allows you to plot your route, either by hand or by downloading a gpx file from a watch or phone and to look where you and others went.
  • Winsplits Online gives another way of comparing your times for each leg.
  • British Orienteering collect results from all events and publish ranking scores for larger events.

General Information

Type of event:

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

Winton Estate: © Richard Webb –


  • The Winton Hill area consists of a shelter belt of woodland which surrounds out-of-bounds arable farmland. The woodland is old and mature with much natural undergrowth and is an area definitely better used in the winter when the vegetation is lower than in the summer. Nevertheless is brambly and thick in places. However, there are tiny, unmappable animal trods so if wanting to cut from path to path, look around for the easier ways through.
  • Even since the map was received the area has become more useful as uncrossable deer fences have been removed allowing access to two areas consisting of blocks of plantations of different kinds. Thinning and brashing has taken place recently, and footpaths have developed in the past few months, so the map has required considerable updating before ever having been used.
  • 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.


Area is used by dog walkers so dogs are welcome. If taking a dog out on the course, please keep it away from the badger sett (which will be marked with pink hatching on the map).


The nearest available toilets are in Asda in Tranent.


All of the path network is rough and narrow in places. All the courses are unsuitable for buggies because of narrow paths, muddy sections and fallen tree branches.


Nearest Town: Pencaitland
Grid Ref: NT437702
Nearest Postcode: EH34 5AU


On the B6355 from Tranent to Pencaitland, swing left at the main gates to Winton Estate then after 500 m at NT439700 turn left onto a track signed to Wintonhill. Note that this is a single lane track with nicely maintained grass borders. Be prepared to reverse some distance if you meet a car coming the opposite way. After 300 m turn left signed Wintonhill Farm

Public Transport

113 to Pencaitland (and then a short run)

Nearest Defibrillator:

Trevelyan Hall, Pencaitland

Registration & Start Times


This will be online (and 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 locations are a short walk from 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 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.

CourseLength / Ascent Description
White1.9km / 35mVery Easy
Yellow2.0km / 40mEasy
Orange2.8km / 70mModerate
Light Green4.2km / 100mDifficult

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


Michael Atkinson


Joel Atkinson

Other Information:

The landowner has asked us to collect a parking charge of £2.50 per vehicle. This is the same as the coastal car parking charge.

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.

Orienteering member*
Parent and Child 
(one parent with one child)
Larger Family Groups 
(one or more children accompanied by one or more adults)
Pair of Seniors£5£7
Pair of Juniors 
(no accompanying adults)
Parking£2.50 (cash please)
*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. Please note the following:

  • Some paths divert around trees which fell during Storm Arwen – these are obvious on the ground and the major changes are noted on the map.
  • Most of the ditches are fairly dry at this time of year.
  • Full leg cover is required as although the courses have been planned to avoid the worst of the nettles and brambles, you may still encounter some on the orange and light green courses.

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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