South Powys Family Day

Date of event: Mon 29th Oct 2018
Level of event: School
Nearest town: Presteigne


Invite YOU to a Family Day (come along with an adult)

On Monday 29th  October 2018

At Nash Woods, Presteigne


N.B. This is now CANCELLED due to low entries. Apologies to those who were looking forward to this.

Bored, nothing planned over Half-Term? Why not come to our Family Orienteering Day and enjoy the great outdoors and scenery at Presteigne?

Further Details:-

What courses are available?

Choice of Courses to suit all types (Young, Old, Fit or Unfit), advice will be on hand from experienced Club Members and Community Sports Officers. Try the "easy" White Course first to get au fait with some of the skills of the sport.

White Course – 2.11km with a climb of 80m . Recommended for Year 3 & 4 pupils. As with Yellow below, but with a control placed at every junction.

Yellow Course – 2.79km with a climb of 75m. Recommended for Year 5 & 6 pupils.  Around paths (controls at path junctions etc), testing navigation, skill of turning (orientating) the map as you move around the paths and changing direction. Compass is not essential.

Following much discussion we have decided to change the format to make it a truly "family day" by allowing mam/dad to enter the White or Yellow. This can be either going around with you or against competing against you, if so, who will win?!!

Registration and Download in the Forestry Car Park.

Starts are between 10.30am and 12.30pm

Fees:  Adults £2-00 ; Juniors £1-00.

Facilities:  Presteigne Leisure Centre Café will be open offering a range of food and drinks; toilets.

It is essential to pre-enter click here for a downloadable entry form. Email your entries to Elin Wozencraft ( by Friday 26th October at the LATEST. Please make it clear on the entry form whether you are running as an Individual or in pairs (as normal). If running in pairs, both full names need to be enterered on the form.

Equipment used: The Sportident hardware and software (as used at the Cluster events) will again be used for this event. Collection of Dibbers will be from Download/Enquiries beforehand (located under the archway, which leads to the courtyard and cafe); all dibbers must be returned at Download afterwards. Each Dibber costs £40 to replace, so please ensure that your children secure it on the index finger using the adjustable elasticised strapping, otherwise you will be charged for any losses. See downloadable attachment below for more information.

Map: The map will be a pre-marked (per course) 5-colour map on water-proof paper, with control descriptions on the back of the map. The scale is at 1:5,000 i.e. 1cm on the map represents 50m on the ground. The map was produced by a professional mapper, with updates in 2018 ready for this event.

Clothing: Trainers should be adequate footwear for all courses – there may be a few muddy and/or slippery areas on all courses at this time of year. You are recommended to bring a waterproof jacket, as March can be cold and wet! Please note: We reserve the right to refuse a person(s) from taking part if he/she/they is/are wearing inappropriate footware.

Results: A full set of Individual results will appear on the Club website ( as soon after the event as humanly possible.

Primary Schools Inter-County event: Selection will be  based purely on the North and South County Family Days. Selection for this year (2019) will follow the same principle, i.e. the first five pairs to finish will get automatically selected + those finishing in 6th & 7th places will act as "reserves" (last year some of the reserves were called upon to run). This event will take place provisionally on Friday 28th June 2019, venue is provisionally near Dolgellau (tbc - organised by Gwynedd) with starts from 11.00am.

Location & Directions
Directions - Coming into Presteigne from the north, follow the A488 until just before Monaughty turn left onto the B4356 then onto the B4355. When you reach Presteigne continue until you reach the Leisure Centre on your left.
Coming into Presteigne from the south, follow the A44 until you reach Walton turn left onto the B4362, continue until you reach the roundabout take first exit onto the B4355 and then look for Leisure Centre on the right.

There is limited parking at the assembly area where the registration tent will be situated therefore you are advised to use the car park at the Leisure Centre, which is approximately 500m from registration.

Directions from the Leisure Centre - follow Broadaxe Lane which crosses the B4355, continue along lane until you reach the tee junction, turn right on to forestry road until you reach a small car park where the assembly area is situated.

Start Times
10.30am - 12.30pm .

Course information

Short White - Beginners - 1.55km with climb of 80m

White Course - Year 3/4 - 2.11km with climb of 80m

Yellow Course - Year 5/6 - 2.79km with a climb of 75m

Joining Mid Wales Orienteering Club (MWOC)
You are welcome to come along and compete at any MWOC event during the year, even as a non-member. See the Events drop-down menu for a list of future events.
At most of our events there will be available Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses. Although, as we cover the whole of Mid Wales, some events will be nearer than others of course, so why not persuade the whole family to come along and try the sport?
However, after a couple of competitions or even straight away, you might wish to join MWOC. Why not download the form below and send it to our Club Membership Secretary (Robert Griffiths)? This form is ready for 2018 and 2019.

Advantages of joining MWOC include:-
Cheaper entry fees; availability of Colour Coded courses as you progress; invitation to go along to Welsh Junior Squad training (many training weekends are run in Mid Wales) with the possibility of representing Wales (Boys and Girls age group teams) at the Junior Home Internationals or Regional Championships for those with true potential.

Organisers: Terry Smith/Bill Marlow/Elin Wozencraft

Planner:    Terry Smith



  • Planner: Terry Smith
  • Organiser: Terry Smith, Bill Marlow & Elin Wozencraft
  • Controller: Bill Marlow

Info for dog owners

No dogs permitted


Toilets, food and drink can be found at the Leisure Centre.

Downloadable Documents

Notes on using Sportident Dibbers etc, S Powys Family Day Entry Form,

Image of the Nash Woods map

About the area/map

Nash Woods

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.

Read more about the Nash Woods area and map


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Posted by Bill Marlow