Individual Legs are detailed here.
Please note that these maps are not adequate for finding your way on each leg - particularly legs 1,2,3,5 where signs are limited and often overgrown in the summer. We provide them merely to give an indication of length, direction and terrain. We suggest you transfer the route to a 1:25000 map to find your way on a recce and print off the detailed route description we provide for each leg. There are many free on-line sources for mapping, one of which is suggested at the bottom of this page.
The route description will be of little use to you on the event itself - you simply won't have the time to read it and make sense of what you see around you in a race. A recce of your leg is pretty much essential. If you embark on the event without having been on a recce (particularly of legs 1,2,3 and 5) then it is highly likely you stray off route and may get lost.
Leg 1 - 5.6 kms 240m
Leg 1 starts at Chepstow Castle, follows the Gloucestershire Way throughout and finishes at Tidenham Chase. SO 561985. Signage on the Gloucestershire Way is variable. A recce is very much recommended.
Cars can be parked in the castle car park at the start.
Leg 2 - 10.1 kms, 270m
Leg 2 starts at Tidenham Chase (SO 561985), follows the Gloucestershire Way and finishes at Mill Hill in Bream (by the zig zag road bends). SO 600063. Signs are poor on this leg at present and there are one or two places where the actual trail has been moved by landowners. A recce is very much recommended. Note slight route change on map marked in red (to avoid blocked pathway). Take great care when crossing and running briefly on the B4231 near Beam. The finish to the leg is just before you cross the road at the zig-zags.
Car parking at Tidenham Chase is at the village hall car park.
Leg 3 - 6.6 kms, 210m
Leg 3 starts at Mill Hill in Bream - to avoid congestion at the start we will run on the track to the right and then pick up the the Gloucestershire Way soon after (this is shown as red on the map above). Once on the trail, you follow it all the way to Cannop Ponds (road crossing just before - take car here) where it then deviates from the National Trail and follows the Family Cycle Trail to New Fancy View (at the top). SO 630096. . There is plenty of parking at Mill Hill on the entrance to a track/road there.
New Fancy View detail
At the end of Leg 3, when you encounter the Speech House road, turn left onto it (run on the grass verge), cross the road safely and then enter the New Fancy car park, then make your way to the top of New Fancy view to finish.
Leg 4 starts just at the rear of the car park on the track that leads down to the family cycle trail, which is reached in approx 150m.
Leg 4 - 9.9kms, 100m
Leg 4 starts on the track just below the New Fancy car park, then picks up the Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail (via Dilke and then Drybrook Rd Station). It follows the family cycle trail all the way to Cannop Cycle Centre. (Note in the map above that our route carriers straight on over the railway sleeper sculpture, rather than bearing right where cyclists need to avoid it). The leg finishes just after crossing the Wimberry Bridge.
Leg 5 - 8 kms, 230m
Leg 5 starts at the top of the Cannop Cycle Centre car park (turn right as you come off the main road and keep going on road/track until a wooden barrier stops you). The start is the other side of wooden barrier. Head up the track and after approx 0.22 miles turn left onto the Beechenhurst Trail, post on either side at this point. Eventually this will take you to the A4136. Cross this carefully (it can be busy) and find the footpath on the opposite side (marked) that heads north (almost parallels the road heading north) . Please not the slight course change marked in red above (to avoid unofficial travelers site). Once on this route you'll notice that some kind person has marked this as the Wysis Way (when officially, it's not). After about 500m, turn left on the track, then in about 50m turn right. In about 800m you join the Wysis Way proper at a stile on the left. It's all quite well marked from now on across fields. Follow the Wysis Way to Hillersland. After crossing the road take the first track on the other side and turn right onto a path that parallels the B4432 all the way to the cafe in the upper Symonds Yat car park (Hollow Rock). This path is well marked and labelled the Highmeadow Trail.
Leg 6 - 8.6 kms, 150m
Leg 6 starts just below the cafe at the Symonds Yat upper car park (Hollow Rock), at a green box. Follow the footpath down to the Wye and all the way to the Biblins Bridge. Cross the bridge, turn left and keep following the Wye Valley Walk on the north and west of the Wye all the way to Monmouth, cross the bridge over the Wye and finish in a pull-in near Topstack. SO 514127.
Leg 7 - 10.6 kms, 450m
Leg 7 starts on the other side of the road from Topstack in Monmouth - a short distance up the Offas Dyke path (start of Kymin Winter Race). Run up the trail to the Kymin, past the Naval temple, through Redbrook and finish at Bigsweir Bridge SO 539051. Car parking - the exit road from the School next to Topstack has spaces, so does the school/sports centre.
Leg 8 - 5.2 kms,100m
Leg 8 starts at Bigsweir Bridge and follow Offas Dyke by the river all the way to Brockweir Bridge SO 539011. There is limited parking on the north of Bigsweir Bridge but further south and a short distance to walk, at a road junction, there is sufficient space.
Leg 9 - 7 kms, 275m
Leg 9 starts at Brockweir Bridge and crosses over to the west side of the Wye and follow the Wye Valley Walk to below Wyndcliffe at the bottom of the 365 steps. SO 529973. When you join the road in Tintern run on the pavement on the left hand side until a crossing can be safely made to the pavement on the right. This is a busy road. There is a slight change to the WVW once you leave Tintern - this is shown in red on the map above. The finish will be at the track gate, at the bottom of 365 steps just before the main road.
There is plenty of space in Brockweir for cars up the hill towards McKenzie Hall on the side of the road - please do not clutter the main village - be considerate to residents - the future viability of the event depends on it.
Leg 10 - 4 kms, 160m
The 'Creber' leg. Leg 10 starts in the car park on the other side of the road to the finish of leg 9 at the bottom of 365 steps below Wyndcliffe, then follows the Wye Valley Walk all the way to Chepstow Leisure centre (the finish). However... there may be a deviation from the WVW at one point to take runners off-piste. This deviation will be well marked (the only course markings on the entire Wyedean relay). Runners on this leg need to be aware that the terrain may be more challenging than elsewhere on the relay. Lots of space to park cars in the car park opposite 365 steps descent.
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