Bantaskine Local Event

Date Start Place OS Grid ref Type Organiser
16 Jun 2019 10:30 a.m. Bantaskine, Falkirk NS 877 792 Local James Hammond
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Local event (Sunday morning)

Further Information

Travel / Car parking

When heading into Falkirk, follow signs for Falkirk Royal Infirmary. Leave Gartcows Road at its junction with Majors Loan, and head uphill on a slanting minor road (South Bantaskine Drive) which leads under the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway. Continue uphill and cross the Union Canal at a bridge to the left. Car parking and registrations are then immediately on the left, adjacent to the Seagull Trust boathouse.

There is parking for around 20 vehicles at the event site. If you're coming late, you may wish to park in the free car parks at either Drossie Road or Slamannan Road and walk the 300m along the canal bank to the start.

Times

Start from 10.30-12.00 (everyone starts at a different time so you can't follow). Start and finish are next to car park. Courses close at 1pm.

Courses

Ideal for all ages and abilities, families, children and runners welcome. Loads of help is available and no experience is necessary.

  • Yellow: Ideal for under 16s. Approx 2km.

  • Orange: Perfect for adults who haven't done any/much before. Approx 3km, allow up to an hour to complete!

  • Green: Harder navigation, for those who have done it before or who are in search of a challenge! Approx 3-5km with hills.

  • Blue: Harder navigation, for those who have done it before or who are in search of a challenge! Approx 5-7km with hills.

About the area

Bantaskine was the country seat of Sir John Wilson, one of the "Great Men" of Victorian Falkirk, who made his fortune in the coal industry, and was MP for the area at the turn of the 20th century. The Battle of Falkirk Muir was fought in the area in 1746, and was the last major success for the Jacobite cause in the '45 Rising.

New to orienteering?

It's a trail run (and often an off-trail run!) with a difference - an orienteering race doesn't follow a set route. Instead you have to visit a series of checkpoints and register each one with an electronic timing chip. The checkpoints are marked by flags on the ground and may be along paths, earth banks, streams or anywhere around the area. The challenge is to race between each one, choosing your own route between the checkpoints, using a special orienteering map (which you get to keep too). Why not come and give it a go?

What do I need?

It's an outdoor sport, dress for the weather conditions.We'll give you a map, lend you a compass and an electronic card for recording your time.

Cost

  • Adult/Group £6
  • Under 20s £4 £2 discount for British/Scottish Orienteering Members

IMPORTANT SAFETY

All participants:

Please take care crossing car parks.

Need more info?

Send us a message via our facebook or email Chris on developmentofficer@fvo.org.uk