The light Green Orienteering course is closed until Easter 2013 for construction work.
There are 3 orienteering courses mapped out in Coed y Brenin, all of which start and finish at the Visitor Centre. The routes are all graded to British Orienteering Federation standards and were designed for Forestry Commission Wales by the Mid-Wales Orienteers.
You can test your map reading skills on the course of your choice by navigating between the wooden marker posts, or "controls" (which is the term used by orienteers). Each post carries a red-and-white orienteering logo. One of the attractions of orienteering is that you can complete the courses in your own time. You may want to run the course as fast as you can, or you may prefer to have a leisurely stroll round the forest. The choice is yours.
The YELLOW course is suitable for complete beginners and children. The navigation is easy, there is no route choice, and the entire course can be completed on good paths. The course is 1.7km long.
These two courses are intended for more experienced navigators.
The RED course is suitable for fit people who are reasonably confident map-readers. The navigation is moderate, with route choices. You will need to use line features other than paths (e.g. walls) as “handrails”, and in one or two places, to venture a short way from line features. The course is 3.5 km long.
The LIGHT GREEN course is suitable for experienced orienteers. The navigation is harder, with route choices. Some controls are on point features which are some way from any line feature. The course is 2.7 km long.
The maps, suitable to print onto A4 paper at home at a scale of 1:5500, are available on the attached pdf links. An A3 version of the map, on waterproof paper at a more traditional scale of 1:10,000, are available to purchase from the visitor centre.