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Orienteering in Gwydir Forest Park

A choice of courses for beginners and experienced orienteers

Orienteering sign in Gwydir Forest Park

What's here

Orienteering route
Llyn Elsi restricted access: Green Orienteering Course. There is no access to the area surrounding control post 6 on the Green orienteering course for the duration of some forest operations. The restricted area is indicated on the map - area in purple. (Document downloads) The restriction is for public safety, and the safety of the contractors working at the site. We hope to have the restriction lifted within one to two months.

Introduction

Test your map-reading skills by navigating between the wooden marker posts (known as "controls" by orienteers) on one of the three permanent orienteering courses in Gwydir Forest Park.

It’s up to you how quickly you complete a course. You may want to run it as fast as you can, or you may prefer a leisurely stroll around the forest.

The shorter course is graded as a medium level of level of navigational difficulty. The other courses are longer and harder and are suitable for experienced orienteers.

All three routes are graded to British Orienteering Federation standards and were designed by Eryri Orienteers.

Orienteering courses

Orange Course, 2.1 kilometres, medium

The Orange course is of medium navigational difficulty. This short course is suitable for beginners who can understand a map.

There are 10 controls to visit on the course.

Green Course, 4.5 kilometres, very hard

The Green course requires technically difficult navigation and is suitable for experienced orienteers.

There are 16 controls to visit on the course.

Blue Course, 5.8 kilometres, very hard

The Blue course requires technically difficult navigation and is suitable for experienced orienteers.

There are 16 controls to visit on the course.

How to follow the courses

  • Download the maps and instructions (see below) and print at home. Or buy an A3 sized version of the map, printed on waterproof paper at a scale of 1:7,500, from Betws Tourist Information or Cotswolds Outdoor Shop
  • Pick your course and navigate between the "controls" (wooden marker posts)
  • Complete the course in your own time
  • Check your answers against the answer sheet provided with your map or downloaded from this page

How to get here

All three courses begin just outside Betws-y-Coed and finish behind St Mary’s church in the centre of the village.

Follow the minor road (Ffordd Craiglan) which runs alongside Cotswolds Rock Bottom outlet out of Betws-y-Coed.

The courses start in a layby (OS grid reference SH 795 559) which is on the left after around 150 metres – look out for the sign at the side of the road.

Visiting Gwydir Forest Park

Gwydir Forest Park covers an area of over 72 square kilometres (28 square miles) and it encircles the village of Betws-y-Coed.

There are waymarked walks throughout the forest and a red graded mountain bike trail.

More information about visiting Gwydir Forest Park

Related document downloads

Orange course map.pdf PDF [806.2 KB]
Green course map.pdf PDF [806.4 KB]
Blue course map.pdf PDF [865.6 KB]

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