Beecraigs Permanent Orienteering Course Open Day

Date Start Place OS Grid ref Type Organiser
30 Sep 2017 1:30 p.m. Beecraigs NS 998 741 Come Jen Leonard
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Come And Train

Orienteering - Come and Try It!

Suitable for all ages - families and beginners welcome.

These sessions are open to members and new participants. They are great to encourage friends and family to come along to try the sport, as well as providing club training. There are colour coded courses to meet all levels of ability. You can use the courses to self train and talk to coaches for advice as needed.

Start anytime between 11am and 12.30pm.

Maps - £5 Adults, £3 Juniors for non-members (£3/£2 for members).

Great fun for all the family.

Contact Membership for further details.

Further Information

Forth Valley Orienteers, in conjunction with West Lothian Council Ranger Service is delighted to host an Open Day on Saturday 30th September to inaugurate the re-opening of the Permanent Orienteering Courses at Beecraigs Country Park.

There used to be a popular permanent course at Beecraigs but many of the old posts were damaged by storms and forestry operations over the years. We have now updated the map so it reflects all the changes that have taken place in the forest, and thanks to the rangers at West Lothian Council who have repaired the old posts and put in some brand new ones, we are now ready to re-launch the permanent course so everyone can have a go.

When fully operational, the country park will host nine orienteering courses, ranging in length from 2km to 5km, and at technical difficulties from Very Easy (White) to Very Difficult (Blue). For the open day, there will be five courses on offer;

  1. White (Very Easy (2km)) - Simple courses along paths for beginners or families with small children. Paths are suitable for all-terrain buggies Depending on your speed and navigation, it will probably take about 20-40 minutes.

  2. Orange (Moderately Difficult (2.5km)) - Courses mainly along forest paths, some of which may be rough or muddy. Several controls are not located on a path, which means you will need to go a short way (<20m) off the path and into the forest to find them. There may be undergrowth in the forest (e.g. nettles, branches, brambles), so we advise you to wear long trousers! Depending on your speed and navigation, it will probably take about 45-75 minutes if you are a novice orienteer.

3 & 4. Green (Difficult (3km)) - Courses for people who are confident in their navigation skills and have a good level of fitness. Most controls are located in the forest, which means you will need to leave the path to find them. The terrain will be rough in the forest and there may be significant undergrowth (e.g. nettles, branches, brambles), so we advise you to wear long trousers! Depending on your speed and navigation, this course will probably take you about 60-90 minutes if you are not an experienced orienteer.

  1. Blue (Very Difficult (5km)) - Course 9 A course for people who are confident in their navigation skills and have an excellent level of fitness. Most controls are located in the forest, which means you will need to leave the path to find them. The terrain will be rough in the forest and there may be significant undergrowth (e.g. nettles, branches, brambles), so we advise you to wear long trousers! Depending on your speed and navigation, this course will probably take you about 1-2 hours if you are not an experienced orienteer.

Club coaches and experienced orienteers will be on hand with tips to help you navigate round the courses. Maps are £5 for adults or £3 for juniors at this event.

Results

Visit this page after the event for results, photos and more!