Welsh League Hafod

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Date of event: Sun 23rd Feb 2020
Level of event: Regional (C)
Nearest town: Pontrhydygroes

The event is open to everyone, so come and give orienteering a go!

Ideal for all ages and abilities, in search of outdoor adventure with courses from 2.0k to 6.5k, for runners, walkers and also for families with children! Loads of help is available from our friendly Welcome Team and no experience is necessary.

New to orienteering? It's a trail walk/run (and often an off-trail run!) with a difference - an orienteering race doesn't follow a set route. Instead you have to visit a series of checkpoints and register each one with an electronic timing chip. The checkpoints are marked by flags on the ground and may be along paths, fences, earth banks, streams or anywhere in the woods or around the woods. The challenge is to race between each one, choosing your own route between the checkpoints, using a special orienteering map (which you get to keep too). Why not come and give it a go?


Hafod has varied terrain and includes a rough open area,  forestry plantation and areas of old deciduous woodland of the  Hafod estate either side of the steep-sided valley of the river Ystwyth. There is a well-developed path network. In recent years there has been considerable windblow adding to the challenge of route choice for the more technical courses. It is a recognised as one of the finest examples in Europe of a Picturesque landscape with impressive walks and views laid out by Thomas Johnes.  Many thanks for permission to  Natural Resources Wales who own most of the area and  manage the estate in partnership with the Hafod Trust and Mr Lewis the grazier. Please note the amount of climb when choosing your course and be prepared for some areas of brambles on the longer off path courses.

Course description

Yellow Courses use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams with the controls   visible from the linear feature. They are suitable for newcomers, under 12’s and family groups.

Orange Courses progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. There are line features to follow including paths, walls, fences and streams but with the option to cut corners. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.

Light Green Courses are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and ‘point’ features away from linear features. Learning how to use contours, compass, distance estimation and route choice. Planned with a ‘collecting linear feature’ beyond the control to help you if you overshoot and go too far.

Green, Blue and Brown Courses are more physically and technically demanding course using interpretation of contours, recognition of indistinct features, concentration over long distance.

Location & Directions

The event will be signposted from the road/forest track junction just south of the B4334 and B4574 north east of Pontrhydygroes.  Event registration will be at the Hafod Estate office. There is some parking by the estate buildings and when full please turn around and park on the side of the track heading back to the road junction. Please note dogs are not allowed at this event as ewes ready to lamb are in the fields at the start and end of the courses.

Grid Reference SN759732

Hafod Estate Pont-rhyd-y-groes, Cwmystwyth, Ystrad Meurig SY25 6D

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Course information

Course Straight line distance Climb No controls
Yellow 2.3km 105m 13
Orange 2.6km 180m 16
Light Green 3.7km 235m 15
Short Green 3.1km 225m 13
Green 3.8km 240m 16
Blue 4.6km 355m 19
Brown 6.5km 395m 24


Registration from 10.0 – 11.0

Starts - 10.30 to 11.30 

Courses close at 13.0

Entry Details

Enter on the day at registration. Entry fees are as follows: 

MWOC members – Adults £5.00, Juniors £2.50

BOF members – Adults £8.00, Juniors £3.50

Non members – Adults £10.00, Juniors £4.50, Family sharing 2 maps max. £15.0

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


  • Planner: Gabriella Walsh
  • Organiser: Gabriella Walsh
  • Controller: Kate O'Sullivan

Info for dog owners

Info for dog owners

Dogs not permitted - sheep in lamb at start and finish of courses


Toilet in Hafod estate office

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.

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Posted by Terry Smith