Castlelaw

This area is on the SE side of the Pentland Hills Regional Park., near Penicuik, adjacent to the Castlelaw firing ranges. It includes the Iron Age Castlelaw hill fort and souterrain, which is in the care of Historic Environment Scotland. Most of the area is steeply sloping rough pastureland with pockets of deciduous woodland and some gorse. There are some hill tracks.

Parking: Small car park for Castlelaw Hill Fort is signed off the A702 approx 3 miles south of the Lothianburn junction on the city by-pass. Park considerately near the farm buildings. Start and Finish at Grid Ref NT230637 Waht3words:throats.torches.gobbles

Terrain

The open hillside on the Pentland Hills. contour detail, steep in parts.

Courses - see free Control description download for details

Course

Controls

Length (km)

Climb (m)

Course description

Safety issues

1

5

1.2

60

A simple course for beginners and families with young children

Castlelaw is mainly on an exposed open hillside and there are some steep climbs on all courses. 

There may be sheep around so dogs must be kept under very close control. 

It is close to an MOD Training area so take care not to touch any debris or suspicious objects you may encounter

2

8

1.6

80

Similar to course 1

3

8

2.3

90

This course needs more careful navigation and map-reading as not all the controls are on paths or other line features. 

4

11

3.3

150

This course has been planned to present a demanding physical and navigational challenge for more experienced orienteers.

 

5

Scatter (All controls)

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Further Information
Region: Scotland
Nearest Town: Edinburgh
Postcode: EH26 0PB
Carpark: EH26 0PB
Forest & more rural
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for intermediate orienteerers
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View SW from the woods , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
View NE , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
View N to Woodhouselee Hill ,  Credit: Crawford Lindsay
View SE from northern end of the area , Credit: Crawford Lindsay
View SW to permanent control site #7 at Castlelaw , Credit: Walter Clark
Maps Available From

Maps packs (paper or digital) can be obtained by emailing ESOC. Donations will be welcome via online banking (details on request) from,

The Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre. Tel: 0131 529 2401 or email: naturalheritageservice@edinburgh.gov.uk to check opening hours.

The Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend, Tel: 0131 445 4433, email ski@midlothian.gov.uk.

Other Things to do in the Area

Visit Castlelaw Hill Fort.

Walking in the Pentland Hills.

Flotterstone Visitor Centre half a mile further down the A702.

VOC Details

The following VOCs (using the POC posts) are available as Maprun courses on a mobile phone (see table in main information panel for course details). Other VOCs will be added soon. Full instructions for accessing/using the MAPrun software can be found here www.scottish-orienteering.org/get-involved/pocs/

There is a 2-step process

1. On MaprunF or Maprun6 click on Select Event then navigate to UK->Scotland->Edinburgh->Castlelaw and then select the Course you want (See table below). Click on Go to Start to see map on your phone

2. Download map as a PDF from the Scottish Orienteering website, link for each course in the table below. Print this off to carry with you.

Course

Maprun course names

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1

Castlelaw POC Course 1 June 2020

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2

Castlelaw POC Course 2 June 2020

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3

Castlelaw POC Course 3 June 2020

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4

Castlelaw POC Course 4 June 2020

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5

Castlelaw POC Scatter June 2020

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