The Llangollen Round – Run Challenge is a 1 day, fully guided and supported ‘run’ following the 33 mile circular trail, above the Vale of Llangollen. The route involves 5,303ft of ascent and represents an exhilarating, challenging excursion for those that take it on. The scenery is incredibly varied and spectacular – you’ll take in lofty ridges, rolling hills, swathes of heather moorland and cross a world heritage landmark in addition to a lovely 17th century bridge over the River Dee. It’ll be one to remember!
We are offering a limited number of spaces for this challenge, and will be providing the following, over the course of the day, to make your journey along the Llangollen Round, as safe, stress free and enjoyable as possible:
Fully Qualified Guides – Leading you every step of the way – you’ll have no worries about getting lost, just relax and enjoy your surroundings and the challenge!
Checkpoint support – The day is split into 5 sections – approximately 5.5-7 miles in length, and at the end of each one we’ll meet you with your spare gear should you wish to change clothing, first aid provision and lots of food and drink to keep you going!
Safety and first aid cover – your in safe hands, your guide will be fully qualified when it comes to outdoor first aid, in addition we will have all the necassary skills and equipment to look after you if something goes wrong, at the end of each section.
Replenishment – Whilst it’s recommended that you carry some snacks and water on sections yourself, we’ll both provide and transport suitable foodstuffs and water/energy drinks and will have them waiting for you at the end of each section throughout the day.
Transport – If the worst happens and you can’t continue, through injury or fatigue – we’ll take care of getting you back to where you need to be. We’ll also carry any spare clothing/footwear or anything else (within reason!) that you may want at some point during the day.
We will be averaging around 3.5mph – a brisk walking pace for most, and this includes stops at the end of each section, so the emphasis is on keeping going, not speed!
Think of walking briskly the climbs, jogging the flat sections and running the descents and you’ll end up with this average pace, or thereabouts. The pace will be dictated by the Run Leaders.
Ponderosa to Carrog
The Pondersosa is an ideal place to start the Round. There is plenty of parking, fairly easy access and we start high up! Starting here also ensures that the hardest 2 sections are done early on. It's an immediate climb up to Moel y Waen, then a tough but exhilarating traverse of the Llanysilio Ridge. From the far end of this at Moel Morfydd, it's pretty much (apart from the odd bump) easy going before a great descent through delightful woodland towards the Dee valley, drops you into the pretty village of Carrog and the first checkpoint.
Carrog to The Gwernant
This section sees us hit the highest point of the entire Round. After crossing the A5 at Llidiart y Parc, a climb, steep at times, through woodland and onto the lower slopes of Moel Fferna, a Northern outpost of the Berwyn mountains. The path emerges onto the open mountainside and eventually has you at the summit of Fferna, at 2067ft above sea level. As you'd expect, outstanding views all around. Next we head East and, with the upper reaches of the Ceiriog forest to the right, we start climbing again to reach the summit of Vivod Mountain. Over the shoulder of 'Y Foel' next and a descent to a minor road which travels along the high ground, separating the Ceiriog and Dee Valleys. A mile or so of road then has you at checkpoint 2!
The Gwernant to Panorama junction
Fairly easy going on this section, which, after a gentle road climb, starts with a fast descent to Froncysyllte - and a real highlight of the Round on the crossing of Telford's Aqueduct. Here we pick up Offas dyke footpath on a short section alongside the Llangollen canal, and on up over Wrexham Road into the Trevor hall estate. A climb through delightful woodland sees you top out onto the road at Panorama junction, and checkpoint 3.
Panorama junction to Worlds End
Your high up for the remainder of the Round now! After a short section on the road, we head left and climb up short mat grass, between limestone crags to emerge on a high level path which, on a good day provides quite spectacular views. In my opinion, the best view of the entire Round is to be had from here - you can see pretty much all of it from here - including your objective - Horseshoe pass summit, now only 9 miles away! Easy going underfoot, nothing too strenuous, just a few bumps here and there, and after 5 miles of fabulous running, your at the road above Worlds End and checkpoint 4.
Worlds End to Ponderosa
The final, and shortest section of the Round. It's a few hundred metres on the road, climbing at first before a left turn across the moorland and we follow Offas dyke path to the edge of Coed Llandegla. The steady, but no doubt by now, arduous climb to Cyrn y Brain is the last major obstacle between you and the finish. Once at the 1882ft summit, we use the mast access road to descend the 2km to the ponderosa complex and completion of the Llangollen Round.