NEW DATE 22nd Feb SWOC Saturday League: Parc Penallta, Ystrad Mynach

This event is part of our Saturday series, and is perfect for beginners new to the sport. There will be lots of help available and several courses to choose from, 1.5km up to 8km.

Final details – PDF for download Parc Penallta 2020

Registration: from 10:30 – 12:30 for longer courses, 1pm for shorter Courses.
Starts: from 11:00
Course Closes: 14:30

Entry Fees –
Adults: £5,          Non Members £7
Young person’s: £2          (There is no charge for accompanying/shadowing adults).
Dibber hire: £1 for Adults. (A Dibber is an electronic punch and timing device)

Carpark and registration location:
Parc Penallta is situated near to Ystrad Mynach. The Nearest postcode for the Car park entrance is CF82 7GN
The Start and Registration tent will be at the far end of the car park.
Sat Nav: 51.652859, -3.255191

There are two car parks for the park. We are in the main car park at the top of the hill.  The Car park is pay and display. £1 for 2 hours, £3 all day.

If you plan to attend please reserve a map in advance to help us guess how many maps to print. If you forget, come along anyway we always have extras. Map Reservation form here

Parc Penallta is a mixture of open hillside with defined areas of dense scrub and open woodland. There is an extensive path network. The Parc contains one of the largest landscape sculptures in the country, that of ‘Sultan’ the pit pony.

Shorter courses the terrain is mainly on paths and open ground within the park.

Longer courses may encounter some crag features, steeper slopes and marshy woodland. There is Scrub and low lying bramble coverage in some areas.

The Map is a A4, 1:7500 with 5m contours

Courses –
Yellow: 2.5km, easy (Control sites obvious). On paths and open ground.
Orange: 3.6km, some route decision, controls on obvious features, mainly on paths.
Green: 4.6km, more technically difficult, controls off path network. Rough terrain.
Long: 6-8km, more technically difficult, controls off paths, Rough 

All participants must check in with the finish regardless of whether they complete the course or not.There are some terrain hazards on the longer course, including steeper slopes and marshy ground.
Participants are forbidden to cross fences other than at crossing points.
Dogs are welcome but must be aware of the following:

Never tried Orienteering before? Have a look in our FAQ for a quick guide to entering your first event.