All Wales Scout Orienteering Competition 2015
Date of event: Sun 21st Jun 2015
Level of event: Other
Nearest town: Presteigne
The third All Wales Scouts Orienteering competition will be held on Sunday the 21st June 2015. The competition is open to Scouts and Explorer Scouts only. By request we are opening the courses to Leaders and Helpers if they wish to give orienteering a try, but obviously the entries will not be included in the competition although times will be given for any course completed.
The venue this year will be Nash Woods (grid ref. SO 316635), which is to the west of Presteigne town. Unlike the last year, which was an open hill side with lots of crags and bracken, this year 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 quite a few pathways, which act as good line features providing the orienteer the ability to relocate (establish where they are on the map). The area presents a different aspect as to how you use your navigational skills and ability to read a map.
Again there will be three courses, Yellow, Orange and Light Green, each progressively harder than the first. The Yellow course is for Scouts only. The Orange and Light Green course can be entered by Scouts or Explorer Scouts. In accordance with normal practice Scouts under the age of 12 must run in pairs as a safety requirement (the only exception being if the scout is a member of an orienteering club). Scouts entering the Light Green course must be experienced orienteer's and must run on their own.
Prizes will be given to the first 3 individuals with the fastest times on each course with one team prize for the overall team winner of each course. The Orange and Light Green course will have two sets of prizes for both Scouts and Explorer's. Winning teams will be calculated on the fastest accumulative times of the first three runners to finish. Teams will need to have at least 3 runners to be eligible for a team prize.
- Nearest town: Presteigne
- Grid Ref: SO316635
- Latitude: 52.26579
- Longitude: -3.00436
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
- Planner: Terry Smith
- Organiser: Terry Smith
Info for dog owners
Dogs allowed but under control
Because the area is some way from any public conveniences, portaloos will be provided. Again this year we will have refreshments available, burgers, cakes and hot & cold drinks etc., run by our local Explorer Group who are raising funds to support our Explorer Scouts who are going to the World Jamboree.
About the area/map
The area is very popular with walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers and runners. But most of these use the main forestry tracks and some of the larger pathways, the rest of the forest is rarely accessed.
The area has been used for major League events and provides challenges to most technical abilities, testing your navigational skills as well as your map reading skills.
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.
The map has been updated several times to accommodate changes after felling operations in different parts of the forest. The latest version was updated in 2018 and is now georeferenced, further small changes have been made the last being on 26th September 2021.
Please note: when entering our events your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports.
Posted by Terry Smith