Route card

Danny Mason Highland Challenge 2019                   THE ROUTE
R= Go right   L = Go left   S.O. = Straight on   +RDS = Cross roads   T = Stop junction   SP = Sign Post

Miles     Miles
Distance Direction Comment Total
0.1 R at T Out of drive 0.1
0.2 L at T Up Dinham Hill following road round bends 0.3
0.2 R at T Onto Mill Street, follow road as it swings left onto  Bell Lane 0.5
0.1 R at +RDS Down Broad Street through town gate 0.6
0.2 Lights S.O. after lights over River Teme, Ludford Bridge B4361 0.8
1.1 * R B4361 SP Presteigne 1.9
1.6 * R Just before Church, No SP onto single track lane 3.5
0.6 +RDS S.O. SP Goggin, Elton
CARE: GRAVELLY DESCENT TO +RDS
4.1
1.2 L Sharp left turn SP Portway, Woofferton 5.3
0.4 R At SP sharp right uphill  NO SP panel for direction of travel
CARE: POOR SURFACE IN PLACES
5.7
0.9 L at T No SP.
CARE: STEEP DESCENT AFTER TOP OF HILL
6.6
2.1 L at T SP Yatton, Aymestrey 8.7
1.4 L at T Onto A4110.   Cross R.Lugg at Aymestry
CARE: BUSY A-ROAD
10.1
2.0 * R No SP.  CARE: POOR SURFACE IN PLACES 12.1
1.1 L at T Panel missing on SP 13.2
0.3 R SP Street
CARE: IGNORE NO THROUGH ROAD SIGN, THIS SECTION INVOLVES UNTARMACKED ROAD BUT SURFACE IS REASONABLE UNLESS HEAVY RAIN.
(After 0.2 miles ignore both the farm entrance on right and the left fork)
13.5
0.6 L at T No SP.  Back on tarmac 14.1
1.0 R at T Onto A4110 15.1
0.4 * R Turn is opposite Leominster Car Auctions 15.5
0.3 R at T SP Eardisland 15.8
1.0 * R No SP. Turn immediately after bridge over River Arrow
CARE: IN 50yds SHARP BLIND LEFT BEND.  Cross R.Arrow again
16.8
2.4 R at T No SP 19.2
<0.1 L SP Staunton-on- Arrow (hidden in hedge) 19.3
0.9 +RDS S.O. SP Staunton-on-Arrow
CARE AT CROSSROADS
20.2
0.5 STOP 1 TEA STOP at Staunton-on-Arrow Village Hall on left 20.7
0.3 R SP Stansbatch (CARE: IGNORE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING RIGHT TURN TO SHOBDON) 21.0
0.5 L at T No SP 21.5
2.1 R at T SP Nash, Knill, Presteigne (B4355) Cross Hindmill Brook 23.6
2.1   S.O. at Roundabout SP Presteigne, Knighton, Llanbister, Leominster (this road becomes B4356 after Presteigne) 25.7
2.3 L SP Cascob 28.0
1.7 * R at +RDS No SP.  CARE: AFTER 1.1 MILES STEEP DESCENT AND BENDS AT BRIDGE OVER RIVER LUGG 29.7
1.4 L at +RDS No SP (Old School Whitton opposite) 31.1
2.4 R at T SP Knighton A488 33.5
<0.2 L SP Llangunllo, Llanbister B4356. Cross R.Lugg befroe Llangunllo 33.7
2.2 STOP 2 LUNCH at Llangunllo Village Hall on right. Continue on B4356 35.9
0.1 R at +RDS SP Station, crossing R.Lugg again 36.0
0.4 L at +RDS SP Llanbister and railway logo 36.4
0.2 R SP Station, up hill
CARE: STEEP, GRAVELLY, BENDY DESCENTS
41.3
4.7 L at T SP Beguildy 41.3
0.1 +RDS S.O (staggered ) No SP but SP for cycle route 825. Cross R.Teme 41.4
0.4 R at T SP Skyborry Green
CARE: POOR SURFACE IN PLACES
41.8
2.7 R at T No SP.  Go over railway bridge. Cross River Teme 44.5
0.3 L at T Knighton Hotel opposite 44.8
0.1 * R SP Presteigne, Kington (B4355) 44.9
4.3 L No SP. CARE: THE LEFT TURN IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CHURCH BY THE OLD GRANARY IS TAKEN WHILST DESCENDING – EASY TO OVERSHOOT
CARE: THIS SECTION IS THE MOST CHALLENGING OF THE RIDE – POOR SURFACE, BENDS, LONG VERY STEEP CLIMB, BEWARE  POSSIBLE LOOSE DOGS.   NB lane joins from Right ½way up hill
49.2
1.3 L at T No SP 50.5
0.7 R No SP. CARE: DESCENT TO CROSSROADS IS STEEP, BE PREPARED BRAKE CAREFULLY 51.2
1.0 +RDS S.O. SP Lingen 52.2
0.7 R at T No SP. NB technically the road to the right is a continuation but safest to treat it as a T-junction
CARE: STEEP DESCENT WITH BLIND BENDS, TO A T-JUNCTION WHERE YOU DO NOT HAVE RIGHT OF WAY
52.9
1.2 L at T No SP 54.1
0.4 L at T
STOP 3
No SP.  then immediately take first Right into Lingen Village Hall for TEA STOP 54.5
0.1 L Onto road from the Village Hall 54.6
0.2 L SP Dickendale, Wigmore 54.8
4.4 L at T SP Knighton 58.4
0.3 * R SP Ludlow 58.7
7.3 L SP The Cliffe Hotel.
CARE: STEEP DESCENT, HAIRPIN BEND
66.0
0.5 L Immediately after bridge over River Teme 66.5
0.5 L Into Ludlow Rugby Football Club 66.7
    THE END  

* = right turn across oncoming traffic

The 66.7 miles (107.3km) involves about 5,000 ft (1,522 metres) of climbing, most of which comes after lunch. The route goes through the historic heart of Ludlow, around the hidden and hilly Goggin to lovely Leinthhall Earls, past Mortimer’s Cross, by the River Arrow from Eardisland to a first tea stop at Herefordshire’s Staunton-on-Arrow (9.45-11.45). Over to the Lugg valley at Welsh 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 deep into Radnorshire to Llangunllo, for your lunch stop (11.15-2pm).

There are three main climbs in the next stage:  the first is up narrow lanes to remote LLangunllo station before descending past Heyope church, 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 (1.15-3.45).  The final leg climbs over Wigmore Rolls via The Cross of the Tree and then over High Vinnals back to the Rugby Club. If it looks like you are likely to arrive back after 6pm, it would be helpful if you could ring organiser Charles Edwards on 0793 205 7810.