Tayside Orienteers


3 Hills #3 Pitmedden

Image of the Pitmedden map

Sun 19th Aug 2018

Last updated: 20th Aug
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Forest
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Results and split times


Thank you for coming to our event yesterday, on a fairly murky day! Results and organiser's report now available.

Organiser's Report from Angela:-
"Many thanks to everyone who turned up and those who helped at a drizzly cloudy event. The picnic didn't really happen due to the weather and midges. People mainly enjoyed Stewart's courses although many of the paths are overgrown and there are a few extra ones. Felling has also changed some of the dark green areas although some people still felt it was "walk" due to the undergrowth and brashings. We're thinking of remapping bits of it with KFO our map partners, depending on how much more forestry work FC have planned. Apologies for 1 incorrect control description where the control was changed but the description wasn't in planning. 50 people completed courses although there are a few duplicates where people had so much fun they went out again. Lorenzo Calabro whizzed round the green course in an impressive 38.26. Les Dalgleish's SI unit refused to download so he doesn't have any splits and poor Alistair Duguid got stung by 4 bees so cut his course short! The orange course times are a bit long. The undergrowth made it tough even though a lot was on paths they weren't easy paths. Miles Doherty's time would have been good if he hadn't forgotten to punch 11 when he saw the finish control. Barry McManamon had 2 goes at the white course because on his first attempt he got chased by a fox so headed back to base. Thanks to Stewart Reid for planning it and putting out all controls and bringing back most of them, Liz Fraser for help with registration, Moira for help with bringing in controls and Bill and Neil Melville for helping me pack away."

Pitmedden is a technically detailed and very runnable mix of mature pine forest and open hillside, with a maze of paths and tracks, covering a ridge of land high above Abernethy. Fantastic views north across the Tay and south into Fife.

The Pitmedden map straddles Perthshire and Fife, and is jointly owned with Kingdom of Fife Orienteers.


Nearest town: Perth, Scotland

Pre event information

Fences must be crossed at the gates which are marked crossing points.

There will probably be mountain bikers so take care on tracks and let them pass.

You must wear full torso and leg cover due to the presence of ticks (please remember to check yourself and family members carefully following the event).

Directions / Parking

From the M90 Bridge of Earn Junction, take A912 to Aberargie roundabout. Take A913 for 1500m (if you reach Abernethy you have gone too far). Take the Glenfoot Road to the right. 2.5km. Take Pitmedden forestry road on the left (bumpy in places).

You can also come from Dundee and NE Fife via A92 and A913 through Newburgh and Abernethy.

A south approach comes from the A91 taking the Abernethy Glen Road from Strathmiglo).

Usual parking in forest road entry point PH2 9LT on the road south of Abernethy.

Registration & Start Times

Registration between 10.00-12.00. Starts 10.30-12.30. Courses close 14.00.

Course Information

5 courses - White-ish (1.5km), Yellow (2.9km), Orange (3.9km), Light Green (4.4km) and Green (5.1km).

There has been forestry extraction recently so to avoid the grot there will be more track running than usual at Pitmedden although most of the tracks are grassy. The Green is the only course which goes on the open area at the north of the map.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Entry on the Day but please email the organiser Angela Dixon adixonfrog @ gmail.com if you hope to come, specifying which course you expect to run. (Remove spaces in email address).

Members £2 junior £5 adults. Non members £3 junior and £7 adults. Groups at respective adult prices plus £1 for each extra map.

Contacts / Officials

Angela Dixon adixonfrog @ gmail.com (remove spaces)

Dogs allowed?

No dogs due to cattle.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Keep It Clean campaign - Forestry Commission Scotland

Our forests are at risk from tree pests and diseases. These can dramatically affect the health of our trees, upsetting the delicate ecosystem balance and devastating large areas of woodland.
Pests and diseases hitch a ride in mud and debris on shoes, paws and tyres, ending up in new forests. Here, they can spread rapidly in environments with no natural resilience.
Read more about this on the FCS website.


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