Upcoming Events

Butterdean Wood
Saturday 29th January 2022

Butterdean Wood  Saturday 29th January 2022

Butterdean is near Gladsmuir village between Tranent and Haddington. It is a flat wood densely planted with conifers and patches of birch or ash. There is a good track and path network. The wood is home to a range of wildlife and some animal sculptures. It is managed by the Woodland Trust and East Lothian Council.

Please note that we are using a new event base: Parking, Enquiries and Start/Finish are all on the east side of the wood – see detailed directions below.

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Seafield Ponds, Dunbar
Saturday 26th February 2022

Seafield Ponds, Dunbar  Saturday 26th February 2022

Seafield Ponds and Belhaven Bay are on the western edge of Dunbar and the parkland at the shore contrasts with the intricate sand dunes.

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

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Gosford Estate
Saturday 26 March 2022

Gosford Estate  Saturday 26 March 2022

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.

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Balgone Estate
Saturday 30 April 2022

Balgone Estate  Saturday 30 April 2022

Balgone is a brand new area for orienteering in East Lothian and is being professionally mapped for this event. It is a wooded area with a large loch and plenty of details. Although the strong path network makes it ideal for less confident orienteers who don’t want to get to too far off the beaten track, there is still plenty for the more experienced!

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

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Dunbar Sprintelope
Wednesday 4th May 2022

Dunbar Sprintelope  Wednesday 4th May 2022

Sprintelopes are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings.

In 2022, ELO are contributing four races to the series – this is the first of them around the harbour and housing of Dunbar!

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

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Pathhead Sprintelope
Wednesday 18th May 2022

Pathhead Sprintelope  Wednesday 18th May 2022

Sprintelopes are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings.

In 2022, ELO are contributing four races to the series – this is the second of them around the village of Pathhead!

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

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Barns Ness
Saturday 28th May 2022

Barns Ness  Saturday 28th May 2022

Barns Ness and Whitesands consist of coastal grass along with a mixture of sandy and rocky shorelines. The area has had limeworks for centuries, and as you explore the area you’ll see a number of 18th-century limekilns.

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

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Musselburgh Sprintelope
Wednesday 1st June 2022

Musselburgh Sprintelope  Wednesday 1st June 2022

Sprintelopes are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings.

In 2022, ELO are contributing four races to the series – this is the third of them around Musselburgh!

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

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Longniddry Sprintelope
Wednesday 15th June 2022

Longniddry Sprintelope  Wednesday 15th June 2022

Sprintelopes are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings.

In 2022, ELO are contributing four races to the series – this is the fourth of them, around Longniddry!

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

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Winton Hill
Saturday 25th June 2022

Winton Hill  Saturday 25th June 2022

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.

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North Berwick Law
Saturday 27th August 2022

North Berwick Law  Saturday 27th August 2022

North Berwick Law is a conical hill which looms over the town and reaches 187 metres above sea level. The Law is a volcanic plug similar to Arthur’s Seat and the top has the remains of an Iron Age hill fort as well as the ruins of military buildings used by lookouts in time of war. A replica whale jawbone atop the Law provides a distinctive backdrop to the town.

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

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Binning Wood
Saturday 24th September 2022

Binning Wood  Saturday 24th September 2022

Binning Wood was originally planted in the 1700s and was almost completely felled during the second world war to build Mosquito fighter-bombers. It was replanted with conifers and beech and has a complex network of rides, paths and ditches which can be disorientating to the unwary.  Although much of the site had been overrun with rhododendron, work is ongoing to clear some of the site which has dramatically improved the runnability.  In many areas visibility has improved and hidden ditches have reappeared, although the brashings will slow you down.

The map was updated for the Scottish Relay Championships in 2017 and shows the ride network radiating out from three large clearings along with an area at north of the map which is a green burial site – the Binning Memorial Wood. This area is marked on all maps as out of bounds to orienteers.

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

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Yellowcraig
Saturday 29th October 2022

Yellowcraig  Saturday 29th October 2022

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.

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Haddington SOUL
Saturday 26th November 2022

Haddington SOUL  Saturday 26th November 2022

Haddington is the largest town in East Lothian and features a range of different styles of urban running which we are sure you will enjoy as the climax to the 2022 Scottish Orienteering Urban League

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

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Saltoun Wood SoSOL
Sunday 27th November 2022

Saltoun Wood SoSOL  Sunday 27th November 2022

Saltoun is a classic East Lothian area – a rough and rugged woodland with fast running on the tracks and in the trees on the far side of the river on the longest courses.

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

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Vogrie Festive Frolic -Wednesday 28th December 2022

Vogrie Festive Frolic -Wednesday 28th December 2022

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.

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