2019 Welsh Orienteering Championships Nash Woods, near Presteigne

2019 Welsh Champs,

Date of event: Sun 03rd Mar 2019
Level of event: Regional (C)
Nearest town: Presteigne

The 2019 Welsh Orienteering Championships will be held in Nash Woods, near Presteigne, Radnorshire on Sunday 3 March. Mid-Wales Orienteers are the organising club this year.

Entries now open to all and free entries available for club members able to help on the day. A range of straightforward jobs available and a chance to be involved in helping to organise an event, working alongside experienced club members. Please contact if you are available.

Nash Woods straddles the Welsh-English border and is convenient for most locations in Wales and the West Midlands. The woodland is a mixture of conifer stands of all ages, ancient woodland and some wonderful runnable broadleaved areas. There is an extensive path network, offering good opportunities for novice orienteering and route choice for the more experienced.

This woodland provides an excellent orienteering challenge with a course for all abilities and championship courses for all age classes. Pre-entry is required for all Championship Courses via Fabian4, with Entry on the Day for Light Green, Orange and Yellow courses. Early closing date discount rate before 3 February.

Pre-entry is required for all Championship Courses via Fabian4, with Entry on the Day for Light Green, Orange and Yellow courses and limited entry for other courses based on map availability. Early closing date discount rate before 3 February (doesn’t apply for Light Green, Orange and Yellow courses entry on day). See www.Fabian4.co.uk


Enter Online

Please do ask if you would like any help with entering through Fabian4 or you can enter on the day as usual for the Yellow, Orange and Light Green Courses - all welcome.

Location & Directions

Car Parking accessed from B4362 at GR SO 298 618. Please share cars wherever possible and bring change for car park charge of £2 per car.

Approximate 400m walk on public footpath from car park to Registration/Download. Approximate 500m walk to starts from Registration.

Clothing dump available at common access/egress point for start and finish

Course information

Provisional Course information


Black M18, M20, M21 & M35 8.0km Experienced
Brown M40, M45 & W21 7.1km Experienced
Blue M16, M50, M55, M60, W18, W20, W35, W40 & W45 5.6km Experienced
Green M65, M70, M80, W16, W50, W55, W60, W65, W70, W75 & W80 3.3km Experienced
L.Green M14 & W14 3.4km Intermediate
Orange M12 & W12 2.4km Novice
Yellow M10 & W10 2.0km Beginner


Registration/Enquiries from 10.00 – 12.00

Starts - 11.00 – 12.30

Courses close 14.30

Prizegiving – 15.0 (earlier if possible)

Entry Details

Pre-entry is required for all Championship Courses via Fabian4, with Entry on the Day for Light Green, Orange and Yellow courses and some limited availability for other courses subject to map availability. Early closing date discount rate before 3 February. See www.Fabian4.co.uk

Enter on the day at registration for Light Green, Orange and Yellow courses. Entry on the day fees are as follows:

British Orienteering members –Seniors £13.00, Juniors £6.00

Non-members – Adults £15.00, Juniors £6.00

Family groups welcome to share a map and pay per map/dibber.

You can enter a child or children and the adults can accompany them for free!

Hire of dibbers £1.00


If you would like to be included in the Welsh Championships:

Check your eligibility:-

EITHER (a) by birth - either self or one parent born in Wales;

OR (b) by residence - at least one year's current permanent residence in Wales;

AND (c) membership of the Welsh Orienteering Association [at the date of the Championships].

(i.e. either (a) or (b) and, in addition, (c))

You can join Mid Wales Orienteering Club here https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/index.php?pg=join_online&step=1&ms_club_id=54

Or for other welsh clubs https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/join_online 

If you are a member of a Non-Welsh club and would like to join the Welsh Orienteering Association, then contact the WOA Membership Secretary anne@themays.org.uk


You need to pre-enter for the Welsh Championships through Fabian 4.  If you are eligible for the Welsh Championships, please mark your GBR Country as CYM at Step 2. If you are not, please only use ENG, SCO, NI or leave blank. If you forget to change it to CYM you can go back to Step 2 from Step 3 during the entry process.


  • Planner: Clive Thomas
  • Organiser: MWOC Team
  • Controller: Robert Griffiths

Info for dog owners

Unfortunately, the car park and Registration/Download areas are not suitable for dogs. However, you can access Nash Wood from the public entrance before or after your run to access your dog.


Toilets available and Refreshments, courtesy of Welsh Junior Orienteering Squad, on sale at Registration/Download

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Image of the Nash Woods map

About the area/map

Nash Woods

The terrain is mainly wooded with conifer and deciduous trees situated on a hill which runs the length of the area, with steep sections in places. The ridge of the hill runs west to east with the north side in Wales and the south side in England. The conifer areas are covered in brashings (small cut branches), which makes running difficult; the deciduous areas have varying degrees of undergrowth. The area has a number of forestry tracks and numerous paths some indistinct.

Read more about the Nash Woods area and map

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2019 Welsh Champs,

2019 Welsh Champs

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