Saturday 29th October 2022

Yellowcraig  Saturday 29th October 2022

Organiser’s Report

Many thanks to everyone who took part on a busy weekend of orienteering for the Lothians area. Despite the damp weather there was a convivial atmosphere and all of Godfrey’s courses were very well received.

Particular thanks to Godfrey for planning the courses, Robin for setting up and running the SI timing and to Dermot for staying to help collect controls at the end of a long day by the seaside.


  • 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.

Advance Information

Yellowcraig is a mixed coastal area of forest, sand-dunes and open grassland which provides plenty of challenge for new and experienced orienteers. There is an extensive network of paths and ditches through the woods and dunes. The map was updated for the 2016 Scottish Championships.

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

Type of event:

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

Yellowcraig Beach


  • Mixed coastal area of forest, sand-dunes and open grassland. There are some nettles throughout the map so full leg cover is recommended.
  • Please observe all 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 at the car park.


White and Yellow courses use path network and are suitable for rugged buggies although there may be small fallen branches to be moved aside.

Planner’s notes:

  • Only larger paths are marked in the sand dunes and on open areas. The sand dunes are criss-crossed with paths, far too many to map. 
  • There is an area of windblown trees in the woodland. This area is in dark green (‘fight’ ) on the map and is labelled as ‘fallen trees’. Courses have been planned to avoid this area completely. 
  • Many paths in the woodland are now covered in fallen leaves and may be indistinct. 
  • There are two small ‘out of bounds’ areas marked in purple hatching. These must be respected.
  • There are signs for the general public warning of fallen trees. These can be ignored when orienteering. 
  • Some areas may be marked out with tape after the maps are printed. Any taped areas must not be entered as there will have been tree felling and may not be safe. Courses are designed to avoid any such areas


Nearest Town: Dirleton
Grid Ref: NT516856
Nearest Postcode: EH39 5DX


Car park accessed by minor road signposted Yellowcraig leaving the road through Dirleton which is reached from the A198.
There is a £2.50 charge for parking which can be paid via the Ringgo app on site or in advance (code 21004).

Public Transport

It is possible to get to the event by bus – Edinburgh-North Berwick service from East Coast Buses alighting at Dirleton and walking 600m.

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 – or if you would like help and advice before starting.

Start and Finish:

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

The Start and Finish locations are close to Registration within 100m.

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 1:5000 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 Description
White1.0km / 5mVery Easy
Yellow1.8km / 10mEasy
Orange3.2km / 20mModerate
Light Green4.7km / 30mDifficult

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


Saartje Driiver


Godfrey Beddard

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.

Joining or renewing now will give you membership for all of 2023.

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)
*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

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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