This year’s 66 mile route is a mile longer than 2018’s with about 500 feet more climbing, but at about 5,000 ft of climbing in total it is not as tough as some past Highland Challenge routes. You will receive your route sheet and a .gpx file of the route in good time before the date.
The route takes you up and through the historic heart of Ludlow, around the hidden and hilly Goggin to lovely Leinthhall Earls, past Mortimer’s Cross, alongside the River Arrow from Eardisland to a first refreshment stop at Herefordshire’s charming Staunton-on-Arrow.
Climbing gently up and over to the Lugg valley at Presteigne, you continue west past the site of Owen Glyndwr’s 1402 victory over the English at Pilleth/Bryn Glas and along the stunning Lugg Valley to Llangunllo in deepest Radnorshire, where you will find the lunch stop.
There are three main climbs in the next stage: the first is up narrow lanes to remote LLangunllo station before descending past Heyope church, the majestic Knucklas viaduct and along the Teme valley to Knighton/Tref-y-Clawdd; the second is up and over Offa’s Dyke descending into Norton; the third is up Stonewall Hill via THE climb of the day, the ‘Col de Norton’, before a long steep descent to a well-earned refreshment stop at Lingen.
The final leg climbs over Wigmore Rolls via The Cross of the Tree and then over High Vinnals and back to the Rugby Club.