Orienteering

Orienteering

Find out where you can go orienteering in Wales and what information you can get to plan your visit.


What is orienteering? Orienteering

What information can I get on orienteering?

Where can I go orienteering in Wales?

Where are the orienteering courses managed by Natural Resources Wales?

How do I find out about route closures and diversions?

How do I get permission for an orienteering event in a woodland managed by Natural Resources Wales?

The Countryside Code

Orienteering

Orienteering is a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors.

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What is orienteering?

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.

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What information can I get on orienteering?

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.

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Where can I go orienteering in Wales?

There are fixed orienteering courses throughout Wales.

  • Go to the British Orienteering website to find a fixed orienteering course near you
  • There are fixed orienteering courses in two of the forests managed by Natural Resources Wales

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Where are the orienteering courses managed by Natural Resources Wales?

There are fixed orienteering courses in Coed y Brenin Forest Park and in Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest.

Orienteering in Coed y Brenin Forest Park

There are four permanent orienteering courses in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau.

  • two easier courses for beginners, one of which is suitable for children
  • two harder courses for confident map readers and experienced orienteers

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.

Orienteering in Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest

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.

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How do I find out about route closures and diversions?

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.

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How do I get permission for an orienteering event in a woodland managed by Natural Resources Wales?

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.

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The Countryside Code

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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