General Route Description:
The 4.4 mile race follows the picturesque dale to the River Wye where it is crossed by a wooden footbridge at Litton Mill. A near vertical climb, rising 160 metres, then follows taking the runners up the side of the Monsal Trail to the spectacular scenery at the hill top with views across the county. There follows a steep and precarious descent through the wooded hillside, crossing the Wye again at Millers Dale. Finally the runners retrace their steps up Tideswell Dale.
How to Find the Race:
To get to directions to Tideswell enter SK17 8JZ into your Sat-Nav or Google Maps. This will take you to the village. To get to the car park and start/finish of the race continue downhill through the village for approximately 1.5 kilometres to Tideswell Dale Picnic Area Car Park and look out for Fell Race signs.
Starting from the Picnic site in the old Basalt Quarry above Tideswell Dale, the course drops down through the dale and along to Litton Mill where it crosses the River Wye by the footbridge. Then climbing up to the disused railway line which is now the Monsal Trail, the route crosses the trail and before the bridge turns left up a flight of steps then left to turn up the steep hill
Towards the top, it eventually goes through the old mine workings before joining Bulltor Lane.
Turning right along the lane to New Barn and another right turn to the stile above the Nature Reserve.
Over the stile, then plunging down the hill through the woods at Priestcliff Lees, emerging once more to cross the Monsal Trail and descend a series of steep steps to the footbridge below the Youth Hostel entrance. Cross the bridge and turn right towards the dale. Turn left into the dale and back up to the picnic site car park and the finish line.