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

Online activities for young navigators

Stuck inside, but still want to progress your navigation training, take a look here:

  • The excellent Digimap for Schools have provided a huge amount of great resources, see here for mapping ones. If you work in East Lothian contact me directly and I can give you the  login details – all scales of UK wide mapping and imagery online and to print out for FREE for teaching Outdoor Learning in ELC.
  • Ordnance Survey have lots of great stuff in their Get Outside programme – which I’m sure can be adapted for the indoors/garden. For younger kids also see their MapZone
  • Pure Outdoors have a Free Online Course – (though note I have NOT used this so will welcome feedback)
  • The NNAS’s  Outdoor Discover Award also has a set of star awards with suggested activities to do with young people.

Leave a comment below to let others know how you got on, what worked, what didn’t – and other other suggested references?



Litter Pick Activity – with mapping and curriculum links

Why not get out there, get some fresh air – clean the place up …

Here’s a great resource for linking to the curricular outcomes … Litter pick ideas. If you find any other resources, or want to share ideas – please leave a comment on this post!

To see where other’s have been picking, or to share your pick by enter it on Google Maps  (NOTE – if you don’t have editor privileges on the map please leave a comment with your email on this post and I’ll add you as a map editor)

You can access our all our e-learning activities by clicking here


ELC Outdoor Learning online

During the time of school closure and looking towards a Blended Learning approach for schools the Outdoor Learning Service will be signposting and providing practical Outdoor Learning resources for digital learning and teaching.

You can access our e-learning activities here.

Follow the link through the ‘Outdoor Learning Online Resources’ document, in the ‘ELC Distance Learning Resources’, in the shared staff google drive.  This will take you to some of the best resource sheets available for Outdoor Learning lessons.