Stretton Hills 2 Race Route

We're now pleased to be able to publish the draft map for the Stretton Hills 2 Championship Race. The race has a navigational element, similar to the Longmynd Valleys race, and a reccie will help... Some brief route notes are given below.

Start to CP1 (Summit of Yearlet) - the start is in the "usual" place - the junction of Church Street, Sandford Avenue and Burway Road. Run up Burway Road to the Cattle Grid, turn left and follow the wide trail to the metal fencing round the Townbrook Reservoir. Either turn right up Townbrook Valley and then cross the stream after the first side valley to climb steeply south west to reach the cairn at the summit of Yearlet, or go straight on across the footbridge and follow the trail steeply uphill, then more runably to the pass between Ashlet and Yearlet. Then take a diagonal line trending up and right to reach the top of Yearlet.

CP1 to CP2 (footbridge by top car park in Cardingmill Valley) - descend steeply north west from CP1 to the saddle. Make your way round to the Burway Road without losing height, cross the road carefully, then find a line through the knolls to descend towards CP2. The checkpoint will be on the widest footbridge leading into the car park.

CP2 to CP3 (CMV car park to south east top of Haddon Hill) - either go around the car park and start your climb at the small spur behind the metal bench (brutal), or head up the valley or ridge on the right to the corner of the golf course fence and follow a clear grassy trail up from there (much further).

CP3 to CP4 (Haddon Hill SE Top to Jonathan's Rock) - pick up one of the three paths heading north west. Join the main path and head north east past an area of boggy springs (out of bounds), then choose a line around or across Jonathan's Hollow and to the rock (this is just below the edge of the plateau with a great view of the next part of the route).

CP4 to CP5 (Jonathan's Rock to Top Car Park in The Batch) - any line you like as long as you avoid the out of bounds. If using the main path down the valley bottom, beware of the two wooden footbridges which can be extremely slippery if wet / frosty.

CP5 to FINISH (Batch Valley to Cwmdale) - cross the stream and climb steeply up just to the left of the cottage. Turn left and follow the trail along the hillside immediately above the fenceline. A brief steep drop into Cwmdale leads to the finishing straight. The finish will be on the grass to the left of the farm track just above the cattle grid.

Local runners will know the Longmynd Valleys descent into Cardingmill Valley - please try to use an alternative route if you already know this line to avoid battering it too much - it has to survive the Valleys race then Stretton Hills this year!

Stretton Hills 2 - Draft Race Map.pdf1.69 MB