The Half-Mammothon

A new addition to this year’s lineup is the Half-Mammothon, an off-road route with 650m of ascent. We provide snacks and drink en-route and a meal at the finish, along with a certificate and badge.

The route is a figure of eight, with the Discovery Centre forming the start, finish and mid-point of the route.

The first section will soon get your heart beating as you climb to Halford wood, and onwards through the hamlet of Lower Dinchope and up again to the tower known as Flounders’ Folly, built by the eponymous Victorian shipping magnate who claimed to be able to see his ships entering the Manchester ship canal from here!  At over 300metres above sea level, this is the highest point on the route.

From here you enjoy a steep descent to the river Onny, which leads back to the Centre to take on food. Next, you head out across the river Onny into the hamlet of Whettleton, scene of a bloody skirmish in the civil war, when the Parliamentarians defeated Royalist troops in a fierce battle. The route climbs steeply to the Iron Age hillfort of Norton Camp, before emerging from the woods to reveal a huge vista over the Clee Hills, and Shropshire’s highest summit of Abdon Burf. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to climb this one today, it’s just for looking at!

There is a descent to Norton village, and then we climb back onto Norton Camp woods, passing through the beautiful coppice woodland along Rotting Lane, before returning to the Centre along the banks of the river Onny.

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