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Find out where you can go orienteering in Wales and what information you can get to plan your visit
Orienteering is an outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass.
The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.
It does not matter how fit you are, as you can run or walk the course at your own pace.
Orienteering is a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors.
British Orienteering is the national governing body for the sport of orienteering in the United Kingdom.
Go to the British Orienteering website for more information about orienteering.
There are fixed orienteering courses throughout Wales.
There are fixed orienteering courses in Newborough Forest, Gwydir Forest Park, Coed y Brenin Forest Park and in Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest.
There are three permanent orienteering courses in Newborough Forest.
The courses are graded to British Orienteering Federation standards and were designed by Eryri Orienteers.
All three routes start north east of the main parking area and finish in the clearing south east of the main parking area.
There are two permanent orienteering courses in Gwydir Forest Park.
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 courses begin just outside Betws-y-Coed and finish in the centre of the village.
There are four permanent orienteering courses in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau.
The courses start and finish at Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre where there is a café, toilets and other facilities for visitors.
See Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre (other activities) for more information.
There are four permanent orienteering courses in Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest, near Aberystwyth.
These include an easier course for beginners, often used by families, and a harder course for experienced orienteers.
The courses start and finish at Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre where there is a café, toilets and other facilities for visitors.
See Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre for more information.
Sometimes a public right of way has to be closed or diverted.
Signage on-site should tell you whether a public right of way is open or closed.
For more information about how exclusions or restrictions are applied to open access land, go to managing access.
Go to Woodlands and You to find out how to get permission to organise an orienteering event in one of the woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.
The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales.
It aims to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors.
You can download a copy of the Countryside Code before your visit.
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