Graig Fawr and Margam Country Park

Day 5 - Friday July 29th - Middle Distance
Organising Club: SBOC
Planner: Peter Ribbans (SWOC)
Organiser: Niall Reynolds (SBOC)
Controller: Charles Daniel (BOK)
Parking to Arena: 200m
Arena to Far Start: 2.5 km
Arena to Near Start: 300 m
Arena to Finish: Adjacent
Car Park turn-off GR: SS81388502; 51.5516,-3.7122

Travel and Parking: From the East take Jn 38 on M4 signposted A48 to Port Talbot. From West this junction is signposted A48 Margam and Port Talbot. From both directions at the motorway junction roundabout follow A48 towards Pyle, passing main entrance to Margam Park. After approximately 2 miles filter left at sign to Margam Discovery Centre. Follow this road till you enter Margam Park East Lodge entrance. NB note clarification to directions (incorrect in printed Final Details).

From here follow the car parking team directions.

Cars will be parked in the main car parking field approximately 200m from the arena.

Campervans, motorhomes, minibuses and coaches will be parked on a large area of hard standing. This is a similar distance from the arena.

No exit before 13.00.

Arena: The arena and finish are on a flat grassy area (200m from the main parking), with space for club tents, and suitable for good push-chairs. Catering and equipment traders will be located here. The toilets are between car parking and the arena.

Grid Reference of East Lodge Entrance: SS81388502

Map: 1:10000 with 5m contours, surveyed 2016.

Near Start (courses 9-15):  approximately 300m from the arena. Follow tapes on stakes from the arena.

Far Start (courses 1-8): approximately 2.5km level walk from the arena. Follow a taped (tapes on stakes) route to the Craig Fawr woods where the start is located. The route will initially head south west and will cross the minor road behind the Margam Castle (marshalls).

Terrain: Graig Fawr is a beautiful wooded slope, steep in places with scattered rock and contour detail. Margam Park is a fast open area with mixed vegetation detail including scattered rhododendron clumps. The bracken will be high at this time of year.

Safety Information: Craig Fawr is a steep sided wood, so take care on the rocks and steeper slopes.

String Course: is adjacent to the arena.

Prize Giving: will be at 15:00in the arena.

Special information: Margam Park is a very busy visitor attraction. Please respect other visitors and stay away from the mini railway. You will be able to enjoy the rest of the park after your run.

Leaving the area: When leaving the area turn right back onto the A48 and return to Jn 38 of the M4 motorway. Have a safe journey home.

General information

Dave Peel has now completed mapping the terrain and reports: "it's  another gem. Graig Fawr is a beautiful wooded slope with scattered rock and contour detail. Another good reason to go to Croeso."

More on Dave's Facebook page.

A glossy video about Margam Park is available here.