The route shall remain the same as in previous years.
A fully indicated challenging 30km circular run or walkwith 2319′ of ascent, starting and finishing from the Belper Rugby Club’s home, ‘Strutts Fields’, through the Derbyshire countryside incorporating Roman Roads, Midshires Way long distance walk, through ancient woodlands and agricultural landscape.
Safety Note: This is a multi-terrain route utilising footpaths, Bridleways and Open Roads.
All roads will remain open to traffic at all times, when crossing or running along open roads, all competitors must give way to traffic and other road users, at all times.
The route Crosses the A517 twice, this is a busy road, stop, look and listen before deciding to cross.
Minor roads on this route are not only narrow or single track, but also maybe unrestricted ‘National Speed Limit’ roads. Please bear this in mind and step aside to let motorists past.
It’s because of this, all competitors are strongly advised not to wear headphones whilst on the course.
It’s advised that competitors familiarise themselves with the route and narrative prior to race day.
WALKERS ( W ), Exit grounds at A6, turn RIGHT, at Goods Road turn RIGHT and follow signs (SEE NEXT PARA)
RUNNERS (R) , from start keep left of white line and proceed to mini-island, return toward start area and turn LEFT over bridge
( W ) RIGHT (R) LEFT over bridge, follow path UNDER bridge, to ‘Meadows’, after 1st large field, turn LEFT towards farm,
turn RIGHT and at road turn LEFT , cross road and at footpath indicator turn RIGHT to ‘North Lane. At ’North Lane’, turn LEFT, keep LEFT, continue through tree lined avenue. Turn RIGHT at cinder path to ‘Courthouse Farm’ (DANGER) pass through golf course. Follow track, turn LEFT at footpath indicator towards ‘Hazelwood Hall Farm’, and turn RIGHT at stile (FOOTPATH TO RIGHT OF METAL GATE). Cross over fields, to stile at roadway ‘Spring Hollow’,
turn RIGHT follow road, turn LEFT into ‘Goodwins Lane’ follow road, at crossroads turn RIGHT into ‘Overlane’ follow road. At next junction, water/marshal point  turn RIGHT into ‘Lumb Lane’, follow footpath and route indicators to ‘Blackbrook’
DANGER A517 – MAJOR ROAD CROSSING
Turn RIGHT and CROSS ROAD; proceed left up ‘Longwalls Lane’. At road junction, water/ marshal point  turn LEFT , at footpath indicator turn RIGHT and enter fields, follow marked way, CROSS ROAD near ‘Palerow Farm’, continue on marked way towards aerials.
At ‘Peat Lane’ turn RIGHT at ‘T’ junction turn RIGHT and continue on roadway to crossroads, turn LEFT, past ‘Lockerbie Farm’ and at footpath indicator turn RIGHT over fields turn LEFT and PASS THE FRONTAGE of ‘Lockerbie Farm’, towards ‘Clearsprings Farm’, continue down track, turn LEFT over fields CLOSE GATE and on towards ‘The Bear Inn’ PH, water/marshal point . Exit car park LEFT at stile and follow marked route to footpath indicator turn RIGHT down hill through fields, at roadway turn RIGHT, and at footpath turn LEFT (by BT pole), follow marked route to houses, turn RIGHT along track way, at marked footpath turn LEFT, keeping stone wall on left, at limestone track turn LEFT, follow track to roadway. At roadway turn RIGHT, turn LEFT at parking lay-by and footpath indicator to ‘Ambergate’, pass memorial and turn LEFT follow marked way. At ‘Shinning Cliff Woods’ (route indicated by Red/White ‘hazard tape), turn immediate LEFT, ‘Becky Kenny Trail’, keeping wall to your left, at old shooting range (300Mtrs) turn RIGHT and follow marked route, DANGER LOW LEVEL POLE BARRIER, at the factory buildings turn RIGHT follow route indicators to information board and continue LEFT towards pond, which will be in front and on your right, turn LEFT, follow marked way along track, DANGER LOW LEVEL CHAIN BARRIER. Pass houses and follow indicated route, turn RIGHT at footpath and exit woodlands along indicated footpath at ‘Whitewells Lane’ /’Holly Lane’ water/marshal point . Continue along roadway passing ‘Dairywood Farm’, turn LEFT at footpath indicator follow marked route towards ‘Wyver Lane’, continue along ‘Wyver Lane’ past nature reserve and houses, at ‘T’ Junction turn LEFT,
DANGER A517 – MAJOR ROAD CROSSING
CROSS ROAD and follow indicated route through meadows DO NOT CROSS RIVER, pass UNDER bridge and turn RIGHT over bridge, at roadway turn LEFT and follow indicators to A6 ‘T’ Junction, keeping to pavement, turn LEFT , at ‘Strutts Fields’ turn LEFT and follow indicated route to finish area.
Congratulations we hope that you enjoyed the route – see you next year thank you for supporting The Rugby Rover