Permanent Orienteering Courses

There are quite a lot of permanent orienteering courses in SE Wales designed mainly by SWOC members for local authorities. Most have unfortunately fallen into disrepair and or the maps are out of date. We are in the process of converting courses into MapRun virtual events which use a smartphone app rather than have permanent posts on the ground. All of the courses below are MapRun courses except for Heath Pk which at the time of writing still had posts on the ground. A guide to using MapRun can be found here.


Llanishen Park MapRun

North Cardiff urban park. Start and finish are at the car park (south east entrance off Newborough Ave. CF14 5BY, GR ST173817 Streetmap link.

Heath Pk, Cardiff

Terrain – Urban Park. Park in the public car park off King George V Avenue , CF14 4EP, GR ST 179796 . This is a conventional course with permanent posts in the ground rather than a maprun course. Streetmap link

Short course – 1.8km.

Long course – 2.5km

Pontcanna Permanent MapRun Courses

There are 5 MapRun courses in Pontcanna/Llandaff Fields/Bute Park. All are virtual courses with no controls on the ground and which use MapRun a free smartphone app. See the MapRun introduction page to see how to use it. You don’t have to start and finish at the position show on the map as the MapRun is set up so that you can use any control as the start /finish and run through the mapped start/finish as though its just another control.

Download the pdfs to print paper maps.

Control descriptions sheet.

Pontcanna Long course . 6.7km, 17 controls. Start – Fields Pk Rd car park, CF11 9JT. – Streetmap Link .

Pontcanna Medium course. 3.8km, 11 controls. Start – Fields Pk Rd car park, CF11 9JT. – Streetmap Link .

Llandaff fields short course 1.9km, 10 controls. Start – Llandaff fields car park , Cathedral Rd, CF11 9QJ. Streetmap link.

Bute Park Medium course. 3.4km 13 controls. Start – Park entrance by North Rd ambulance station. CF10 3EA. Streetmap link.

Bute Park Short course. 2.3km 10 controls. Start – Park entrance by North Rd ambulance station. CF10 3EA. Streetmap link.

Gwaelod y Garth

Near Cardiff. Terrain – Open woodland with good contour detail. Park on the road near the entrance to Garth Tyres, CF15 9HE, GR ST 118832. Street map link.

Long Course – 2.2km –

Short Course – 1.4km.

Gwaelod easy course