Day 1 - Sunday July 24th - Long Distance
Day 2 - Monday July 25th - Middle Distance
Organising Club: BOK
Organising Club: NGOC
Planner: Alan Honey (BOK)
Planner:  Richard Cronin (NGOC)
Organiser: Matthew Owen (BOK)
Organiser:  Pat Macleod (NGOC)
Controller: David May (SLOW)
Controller: David May (SLOW)

Parking to Arena: Adjacent

Parking to Arena: Adjacent
Arena to Start: 900 m (15 mins)
Arena to Near Start: 350 m (5 mins)
Arena to Far Start: 2.2 km (30 mins)
Finish to Arena: Adjacent
Finish to Arena: Adjacent
Car Park turn-off GR: SS804834; (51.5374 -3.72459)

Travel and Parking: Parking is at Kenfig Meadows (grid ref SS797827).

(a) Vehicles less than 9’6” (2.9 m) high: access is via Kenfig Industrial Estate, turning off B4283 at grid ref SS804834; lat-long 51.537424 -3.7245932; postcode SA13 2PD. This junction will not be signed. Proceed directly through the industrial estate, past ‘Lasers Are Us’ on the left, under two bridges (height limit), left at T-junction then fork right down slope to parking area. Route is tarmacked and will be signed only from within the industrial estate.

A one page document giving travel directions (and for the Training Day) is available here.

(b) For vehicles over 9’6”, please contact Enquiries for alternative access route.

No entry before 09:00 (08:00 on Day 2) please. No exit before 13:30 (12:30 on Day 2) to avoid traffic clash.

Arena: The arena is adjacent to parking on a large grassy field near the ruins of Kenfig Castle. Facilities will include a marquee with registration, enquiries and bag storage, caterers (x3), traders (x2), toilets, space for club tents and spectator area overlooking the run-in and finish. Suitable for strong push-chairs.

Day 1 Start: One start for all courses. Allow 15 minutes from Assembly, over a straw bale stile, up a steep bank and along former gravel railway sidings (rough in places). Not suitable for push-chairs. There will be no clothes drop at the Start.

Day 2 Near Start (courses 8 - 15): 350m, level, not suitable for pushchairs. The route passes through the ruins of Kenfig castle. Do not stray off the taped route, and do not allow children to climb on the castle ruins.

Day 2 Far start (courses 1 - 7): is a 2.2km walk from the arena. Going is flat but sandy in places, not suitable for pushchairs. Do not stray off the marked route.

There may be a clothing dump at the far start if the weather requires it. Notices will be posted in the arena if clothing transfer is in operation. If the weather is hot, take your own drinks, and bottle disposal will be provided.

Finish: The Finish is adjacent to the Arena and will be unmanned. The same stile used en route to the Starts must be crossed to get back to the main tent for download.

Map: The map has been produced by Peel Surveys in 2016. It is at 1:10,000 with 2.5 m contours. Main tracks are shown, but the many animal tracks are not. The northern area has not previously been mapped for orienteering.

Only the largest knolls and small depressions have been mapped owing to their profusion in the terrain. For example, knolls are generally at least 2m high and small depressions are generally at least 2m deep and 10m across!

Special symbol: the green circle o (ISOM 420) is used to show either an isolated tree or a small copse.

Terrain: The sand dunes of Kenfig Nature Reserve provide a wonderful technical challenge. The area is divided across the middle by an east-west fence with numerous stiles and gates. The northern area has been more heavily grazed leading to short vegetation and therefore fast running across its complex contours. There are areas of exposed sand, particularly near the coast, and a few areas of scrubby woodland.

South of the fence there is more woodland, more undergrowth and more man-made paths. Throughout the area, marshes and ponds form as the water table rises and disappear again as it sinks, leaving large flat patches up to several hundred metres across. This has proved a challenge for mapping and planning as we try to forecast which will be visible and which will be crossable during the event. Only the longest courses visit the southernmost areas. Taped routes have had to be used extensively for White and Yellow courses.

Safety Information: Safety bearing is North or South to the fence running across the centre of the area, and then east towards the motorway, from where the Start and Arena will be visible.

Areas mapped as uncrossable ponds or marshes must not be crossed. Kenfig Castle is shown on the map as out of bounds and is taped on the ground. It must not be entered due to deep drops.

There may be cows and sheep in the competition area. They are best ignored. Do not get between cows and young.

The area is exposed to coastal weather, which can change quickly. Be prepared for conditions ranging from cold, wet and windy to hot, dry and sunny!

String Course (Day 1): String course opens from 11:30 -15:30 adjacent to Kenfig Castle. 5 mins walk from NE corner of arena field (signed).

String Course (Day 2): String course opens from 10:30 -14:00 adjacent to the arena field.

Special information: Kenfig Castle is a protected monument and is out of bounds. Parts are also unstable and there are several deep holes within the ruins. The central part of the ruin will be taped off and on no account should competitors enter. The String Course runs close to the castle but will not enter any areas of potential risk.

Please report any damage observed to fences, so this information can be passed on the Reserve managers.

General information: Kenfig Pool National Nature Reserve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reserve has a visitor and interpretation centre, and a car park. The dunes are home to a variety of rare and endangered species of plants and animals, including a high concentration of fen orchid (or Liparis loeselii). It makes up part of the largest active sand dune system in Europe. The current village, built further inland, is a continuation of the mediaeval one. Landmarks include ruins of Kenfig Castle, and a natural pool which attracts birdwatchers.

The original Bronze Age settlement was situated around Kenfig Castle, but the encroaching sand became difficult for inhabitants around the 13th century, at which time the village was relocated further inland, forming the current village of Kenfig and Marlas. The church was moved from the original village stone by stone and currently stands in the village of Pyle, where the relocation is evident by smaller stones at the bottom of the church, with larger ones above. All that remains now of Kenfig Castle is covered by the sand dunes, except for the top of its 50-foot keep which was uncovered in the early 20th century. The earlier settlement was the subject of an episode of the archaeological television programme Time Team, screened on 18 March 2012.

Acknowledgements: The organisers are indebted to the Kenfig Corporation Trust for allowing orienteering within the Kenfig National Nature Reserve, and to the Reserve Manager Dave Carrington and his team for their support and cooperation. We are also indebted to the owners of Kenfig Castle Meadows, Mark Davies and Karen Mclennan, who had no hesitation in allowing us to use this ideally-situated area of land for event parking and assembly, and who have provided the organising team with a variety of practical assistance during the planning stages.

Extract from new map of Kenfig  by Dave Peel; 2.5m contours and 1:10000 scale, based on recent Lidar survey.

Read mapper Dave Peel's description of the terrain here