A 50 MILE/80KM Ultra Marathon along coast, trail, mountain, river and forest in south Snowdonia taking in 15 peaks including the whole of the iconic ridge-line & summit of Cadair Idris.This is a very challenging, stunning route, and is at times remote.
Participants are expected to be competent navigators, willing and able to use their map + compass to navigate, particularly in the event of poor visibility. In the event of atrocius weather we have a Plan B route fully reccied, with 2000m height gain, and a highest point of 400m.
Each participant can drop off a drop bag at registration (maximum 25 litres). Your drop bag needs to be labelled with your name and race number. Race numbers will be issued via email at least 48 hours before the event. You won't be wearing a number, you will just be allocated a number. All drop bags will be transported to CP4 (42km), and subsequently be transported back to Race HQ.
An example of a drop bag from Ultimate Direction is here.
The route will be anti-clockwise and can be viewed in detail on ViewRanger here. Please download the updated GPX file:
Aberdyfi is situated on the coast at the south end of Snowdonia National Park, between Barmouth and Aberystwyth. It is less than 2 hours drive from Chester and 90 mins from Shrewsbury. LL35 0NR for your sat nav. Nearest airports are Liverpool, Manchester & Birmingham.
Aberdyfi is on the Cambrian Coast line, described by The Guardian as one of the most epic train journeys in the world. Aberdyfi station is 1 minute walk from registration. Coming from the west you will pass the old market town of Machynlleth, once the administrative capital of Wales. Further details at thetrainline.com.
Illustration by Mair Hughes
As well as covering sections of the Welsh Coastal Path, and the whole Cadair Idris ridge line, you will also summit several remote peaks around the Dyfi Estuary which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is a beautiful part of Snowdonia, which you will come to realise on your 50 mile journey.