For the 37th South Shropshire Circular we return to the Community Hall in Newcastle-on-Clun. As always for the Circular the route will remain secret until registration when you will be given a clear and accurate Route Decription.
Newcastle on Clun is some 4 miles west of Clun on the B4368. The Post Code for the Community Centre is SY7 8QL and its grid ref. is SO 249 824. For overnight accommodation, there are several B & Bs and pubs within a few miles, plus the Youth Hostel in Clun but it’s probably best to phone the Tourist Information Centre in Ludlow on 01584 875 033.
The hill country around Newcastle-on-Clun is some of the most attractive within the AONB and is given over to upland livestock farming. It is very quiet and offers some quite magnificent views over the hills of Mid Wales and the Marches.But as always, it should certainly not be underestimated in winter conditions.
The car parks will open from 06.30 and the Community Hall will welcome you from 06.45 for Registration, a simple breakfast and issue of the Route Description, which is written for use with Explorer sheet 216 at 1:25 000 (Welshpool & Montgomery). Newcastle is however just off the southern edge of this sheet but a photocopy of the relevant area from sheet 201 will be incorporated into the Route Description. The route will be divided into three or four legs and the Route Description gives the grid reference of each “self-clip” passage control point and the serviced checkpoints, with a reliable indication of the best line between them. A short route may be applied if necessary. There will be a briefing at 07:50 and a mass start at 08:00. A hot meal, endless tea and a fine certificate will greet your return to the Community Hall.
This is sheep county and we’re sorry but dogs cannot be brought on this event.
Clothing and equipment
For comfort and safety, you must wear or carry all of the items listed below and you will be disqualified either before or after the START, if any of them are obviously missing.
Walking boots or event/fell running shoes with sound well-studded soles.
Complete body and leg covering (running shorts with tights are OK).
Wind and waterproof outer protection shell, comprising a jacket and over-trousers.
Spare inner garment (such as a fleece jacket).
Hat and gloves Survival bag Emergency food and drink.
Torch Basic First Aid Compass and whistle.
OS Explorer sheet no. 216 at 1:25 000 “ Welshpool & Montgomery ”.
Mug (there will be no cups at checkpoints)
No dogs, No entries on the day, No under 18s