Cae'n y Coed, near Betws-y-Coed
A field in the woods with picnic spots and a forest...
Test your map-reading skills by navigating between the wooden marker posts (known as "controls" by orienteers) on one of the two 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 course is longer and harder and is suitable for experienced orienteers.
Both routes are graded to British Orienteering Federation standards and were designed by Eryri Orienteers.
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.
The Green course requires technically difficult navigation and is suitable for experienced orienteers.
There are 16 controls to visit on the course.
Both 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.
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.
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