Biking North

A year long development programme for up to 6 young people.  Meeting on a weekly basis, using biking and the outdoors as a vehicle to develop transferable life skills including responsibility, cooperation, resilience etc.  Enable participants to learn a new skill of cycling/ mountain biking and to develop the skills to become proficient enough to complete a 5 day self-supported expedition through the highlands of Scotland.  This will not only include having to look after themselves, but maintain the bikes as well.  A strong focus on Health & Wellbeing throughout the programme and opportunities for awards and certification.

The first month of this programme has now passed. It has been an absolute blast so far and you can see the distance travelled over the past month on the map below. Our most recent ride out covered over 40km.

The most rewarding aspect so far of the programme has been the fantastic attendance from all. For many of these young people regular attendance at anything can be difficult so it is great to see the effort that these young people continue to show.

The certification that the young people will be following will be the Youth Achievement Awards. We are looking forward to continue to work with all these young people and look forward to them achieving certification and look forward to a life enhancing expedition to the North of Scotland.

Forest Fun

Pre March 2020

P5 Enjoying Forest School today. We journeyed round the woods creating journey sticks so that we can make maps on our return to school. @ELOutdoorEd
A fantastic forest school session run by teaching staff from Sanderson’s Wynd with professional learning and resoucing support from your outdoor learning service


Postbox Challenge

Do you know where your local postbox is? How about the closest five postboxes to your house? Have a go at our latest challenge in your home town and discover the exciting challenge that is orienteering

Please join us and download the fantastic App MapRunF and enjoy doing some local exercise in one of our East Lothian beautiful towns. We have created an orienteering course in every town that you are able to do at anytime and as many times as you wish. Lots of different possible varieties of route and course. Explore your town with a great map and find new pathways and interesting bits of your local urban environment. Click below to have a step by step to using MapRunF. Once you have downloaded map at home then no data is used in completing the course. Compete remotely with others across East Lothian. See your name appear in online results.

The App gives access to orienteering courses that exists without infrastructure – no physical controls have been placed around your town – your smartphone will beep when you are at the correct location on the map. You can navigate straight from a smartphone but you can download and perhaps print a paper copy of the map from the images at the bottom of this page. Paper copies of the maps will hopefully soon be available at every hub

Sometimes you may notice that the phone beeps before you are exactly at the location of the control shown on the map – or you may need to go past the location. The accuracy of system is related to the accuracy of the GPS and the environment will affect this – for example in steep valleys, or beside tall buildings or with dense tree cover the satellite signal for the GPS may not work as well. The signal is also affected by external factors, such as the number of overhead satellites at that time and weather and atmospheric conditions.

Normally you should expect the phone to detect the control and beep if you are somewhere within the control circle drawn on the map (somewhere within a radius of about 10m from the location of the feature – in these maps that feature is a postbox)

These courses are fully accesible – if you can get to a postbox in your town you can have a go at a course. You are timed but just having a go is what is important. You may want to observe: all the different designs of postboxes – on a pole, built into wall, hidden by a hedge, traditional cylinder; the age of the postbox – ER or GR; what is the most efficient way around your chosen 5 postboxes – is the quickest the shortest, what distance did you cover, how long did it take, what was your average speed. What if you were to visit all the postboxes in the town – how long might that take you based on your visit to 5? Please enjoy and share your experience on social media mentioning @eloutdoored or with the hashtag #virtualOEL

Thanks to amazing work from our local volunteer DR for putting these courses together.

For more orienteering information and details of local club please see East Lothian Orienteers website



Musselburgh West
Musselburgh East
North Berwick
Cockenzie and Port Seton
East Linton

Macmerry Primary – tasty science

Pre March 2020

This week P5 walked 2.5miles around the local area. We stopped to have hot chocolate. We used our knowledge from our science lesson this week to classify the powder as soluble. We also admired the brilliant view! A great session! #p5outside

This is one day of a longer term teaching utilising outdoor space accessible form the school by walking. Every Friday morning the whoel class knows and is prepared to go outside. They walk to the same venue every week in order that we can observe the seasonal changes as the year progresses. Activities at the venue always include a practical STEM activity. So far we have included making fire/ charcoal paint/ tower construction/ air powered rockets/ radio messaging/ natural measurement.