Jan Kjellström
International Festival
of Orienteering 2022
15th April - 18th April
Wales 15th April - 18th April

Day 2 - Middle Race (Merthyr Mawr)


Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend CF32 0PA


Merthyr Mawr is an intricate sand dune system providing technical yet runnable orienteering. It is located on the South Wales coastline and provides a blend of open dunes and covered wooded sections. It is in Penybont ar Ogwr, located near the historic market town of Bridgend and situated between Porthcawl (to the West), and Ogmore-by-Sea to the East.  It consists of 840 acres of beautiful sand dunes, most notably incorporating the Big Dipper, the highest dune in Wales.

Long exposure torch trails over Merthyr Mawr Sand dunes

Merthyr Mawr was the site of the British Night Championships in 2018, and we are looking forward to a return of high-level orienteering in the area.



1:10,000 5m contour detail to ISOM2017, remapped in 2021 by Peel Land Survey.


Long and short classes are available. This is so a day 2/day 3 combined result can be worked out.


British Orienteering require all competitors to wear clothing that fully covers the torso and legs. There may also be a requirement to carry a hooded waterproof top. If required, there will be notices on the day.



Dogs: we regret that this is sheep country and that dogs are not allowed in any part of the terrain, including the car parking and the assembly area.