Vogrie Country Park
Saturday 25 November 2023

Vogrie Country Park  Saturday 25 November 2023

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

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!


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General Information

Type of event:

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

Vogrie - Open Woodland on steep slopes
Vogrie – Open Woodland on steep slopes


  • A mixture of parkland and woodland with some steep sided deans.
  • Former golf course.

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.


There are public toilets near the car park and beyond the House.


The bigger tracks are good but most of the smaller paths have sections which are muddy and/or very uneven with roots so the courses are not suitable for buggies.

Training opportunity:

There will be a measured 100m set up for you to work out how many paces you take for that distance. On the Vogrie 1:7500 map, 100m is 13mm.


Nearest Town: Gorebirdge
Grid Ref: NT376632
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.

Public Transport

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

Nearest Defibrillator:

There will be a defibrillator at download.

Registration & Start Times


This will be online until 7pm on Friday 24th November, and on the day near the café – look for the ELO flag and tent!
Please come early if you want advice first or if you expect to take a long time completing your course.

Start and Finish:

The start and finish will be close to registration near the café on Vogrie House.

Unless you need to collect a hired SI dibber you can go straight to the Start where you will collect your map.

Starts will be from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Please try to start at the beginning of these times if you think you might take a while or might want to try a second course.

Courses Close:

The courses will close at 3:30pm so it is essential that you report to the Finish by then, even if you have not completed your course.

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, Light Green and Photo-O course. courses.

Course Length / Ascent Description
White1.1 km / 10 mFor competitive 9-10 year olds and 11-12 year old beginners. Follows paths with a control at each choice point.
Yellow2.3 km / 30 mFor competitive 11-12 year olds and 13-14 year old beginners. Follows line features with controls after choice points.
Orange3.6 km / 80 mFor competitive 13-14 year olds and beginner adults. Controls near paths or line features.
Light Green4.1 km / 110 mSuitable for experienced orienteers. A more challenging course with navigation away from paths.
Photo-O course. / There will also be a free Photo-O course. Can you match the photographs to the locations on the map? All are within 400m of registration; half within 200m,

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


Neil McMillan


Jeff Hodgson

Entry Charges

Entry is cheaper if you are a current 2023 member of a club affiliated to Scottish or British Orienteering.

Please ensure that your membership has been renewed for 2023.

British/Scottish Orienteering member* (Pre-entry)Non‑member
& late entry
Pair of Seniors£5£7
Pair of Juniors (no accompanying adults)£2£3
Junior and Parent£2.50£3.50
Family Groups (one or more children accompanied by one or more adults)£6£8

*Members of any orienteering club will receive a discount for advance entry only (usually by the Monday before the event so we can order maps).

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment (RA) 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.

Small children should be supervised when near the pond.

The RA will be available for inspection at Registration.

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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