Bellwood Orienteering courses - 27th July to 9th August 2020

Start and Finish at shelter in Bellwood (GR NO 542 986) , parking at Bellwood carpark, on Aboyne side (GR: NO 538 987, Post Code: AB34 5GH)

Maps now available - click on the link for your colour course below.

Temp. course 1. Yellow/Orange standard; 3.4 km, 40m climb
Temp. course 2. Green/Blue standard; 5.3 km, 70m climb

The Yellow/Orange course follows paths and line features. Some paths are narrow and not suitable for buggies. Please do not run through the bike park. This is marked 'out of bounds'.
The Green/Blue course is technically and physically challenging due to rough ground and vegetation.

Planners: Jonas and Yann Newey

Don't forget to put the map in a plastic wallet or use waterproof paper.

There will be no control kites or timing equipment but the control locations, including start and finish will be marked by clear red and white tape.

Participants must ensure social distancing is maintained at all times, in line with current Government guidance. This is an individual activity so participants take part at their own risk. It is not covered by any orienteering insurance policy.

Don't forget to record your GPS route on Strava.com

27th Jul 20


River Dee Novice MapRun

MapRunF is an orienteering smartphone app that allows you to take part in virtual orienteering courses which are set up all across Scotland. Maroc has now set up a special set of novice courses in accessible locations across Deeside suitable for anyone to try.

24th Jul 20   Read more…


Potarch Orienteering courses - 13th to 26th July 2020

Start and Finish on Potarch Green (GR: NO 607972, Post Code: AB31 4BE)

Maps now available - click on the link for your colour course below.

Temp. course 1. Yellow/Orange standard; 3.4 km, 90m climb
Temp. course 2. Green/Blue standard; 5.6 km, 135m climb

The Yellow/Orange course follows paths and line features. Not suitable for buggies as the ground is rough in places.
The Green/Blue course is technically and physically challenging due to rough ground and vegetation.

Planner: Nick Hale

Maps will be available for download from this page on Sunday 12th July. Don't forget to put the map in a plastic wallet or use waterproof paper.

There will be no control kites or timing equipment but the control locations, including start and finish will be marked by clear red and white tape.

Participants must ensure social distancing is maintained at all times, in line with current Government guidance. This is an individual activity so participants take part at their own risk. It is not covered by any orienteering insurance policy.

Don't forget to record your GPS route on Strava.com

Further courses in a new area will be available Monday 27th July.

Please support the Potarch Inn by the Green. They are open for pre-ordered takeaway food on Fridays and for coffee and snacks from 11am to 3pm Saturdays and Sundays.

10th Jul 20   Read more…


Deeside Temporary Orienteering Courses - from 13th July

Starting with Potarch from Monday 13th July, there will be a new Deeside forest map every two weeks with Temporary Courses to run as you wish; socially distanced in your own time.

There will be no control kites or timing equipment but the control locations, including start and finish will be marked by clear red and white tape.

This is the first tentative step back into the forest. The SOA is working very hard with SportScotland on our behalf to define the criteria to be met for our second step which will be the resumption of Local Events. It comes at the time of the year when we don’t traditionally have events due to the holidays and the high ground vegetation, so it may be September before this happens. In the meantime, enjoy our temporary courses.

Talking of high vegetation, now is the season when ticks are most active in our forests, always with the threat of Lyme Disease. If you are out running, at Potarch for example, always take care to have full leg cover (no gaps!) and check for ticks when you finish.

Separate articles will be published for each temporary course, with more detail and a link for download of course maps.

10th Jul 20


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