Throughout Wales there are a number of areas which have Permanent Courses where you can try Orienteering for the first time, or improve your skills.
The object is to find your way around the route marked by the circles on your map and control posts on the ground. The control posts have painted red bands near the top. On the sloping top of each control post is a code letter
or number corresponding to that on the map and on the control description list.
Usually there is also a 'secret' letter or number which you have to write in the appropriate space on your control card to prove that you found that control. (At normal orienteering events there will be a flag ['kite'] instead of a post, and
either an electronic unit into which you insert a special card, or a punch which makes a pattern of holes in the card.)
The following list of permanent courses is neither exhaustive nor a guarantee that the Permanent Course is available. Many courses are situated in working forests where the control posts have to be temporarily removed whilst felling takes place, and other courses may have be vandalised or fallen into disrepair. Maps are not always available on site or at weekends, so it is advisable to contact the issuing office in advance and get a map sent to you.
To help us keep track of the state of these courses, please email the WOA Webmaster with your comments about any that you visit.
The following areas either have no map stocks or few remaining posts. Maps may be available from SWOC via the WOA Webmaster if you want to make up your own courses