MAMMOTHON

A mammoth experience in the Shropshire Hills. The route is 42 KM with a 12 hour time limit.

A full-distance trail marathon with over 1000m of elevation, this is a classic route for hard-core fell runners or long-distance ramblers. We promise incredible scenery, proper local food and drink and a great Shropshire welcome at our checkpoints. Make lasting memories in a special place.

Leaving the Discovery Centre along the river Onny, you head up onto the limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge and then onwards and upwards 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! After clipping here, the route returns to Wenlock Edge, following the limestone escarpment, before turning north across farmland, passing through Acton Scott, home to BBC’s Victorian Farm. You then climb Ragleth Hill, with views over the Long Mynd, your next challenge.

After a refreshment stop at Little Stretton, you head up on to the Long Mynd itself, via the beautiful Ashes Hollow, to reach Pole Bank, the highest point on the whole route. From here, you continue south along the full length of the wide whaleback ridge of the Long Mynd, before descending into the Onny valley at Plowden. After crossing the river, we undulate through woods, hamlets, lanes and farmland before the short, sharp shock of Wart Hill and a drink stop at its base. This Iron-Age farmstead was first inhabited over 3000 years ago and retains a special charm even today.

Next, we climb up to Hopesay Hill where the slower walkers may be met by 80K runners joining your route from the west. This remote spot is home to wild ponies and red kites. From here you should be able to smell your meal cooking as it’s an easy last few kilometres down to journey’s end at the Discovery Centre.

For the route description click here.

For the OS map web link click here.

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