Bluebell Blunder April 30th 11am 2023.
Venue: Gumbersland Barn, Bigsweir Bridge, NP25 4TS
Start: NT Carpark opposite Gumbersland Barn
Distance: 10K-ish Off-Road Race
Entry Fees: £14 (£16 unaffiliated)
Enter Here: On-line entries at Fabian4
It's back! After receiving so many requests to put it on and to make up for the lack of racing in 2020 we've decided to stage the event again in 2023. This is a delightful off-road run in the Wye Valley with sections on Offa's Dyke at the Bluebell time of the year.
Free parking, toilets, heated marquee and inclusive teas and cakes after (if covid rules/regulations allow).
Bluebell Blunder Course Description
The course begins with an uphill stretch on a delightful forest trail. Eventually you emerge onto a country lane with an attractive converted barn.
Soon you return to a footpath, with superb views of Bigsweir Bridge and the stunning River Wye. Shortly after, to the right, you can see the picturesque forgotten valley which leads to Redbrook.
With some twists and turns through the forest, including a short trot along the Offa’s Dyke Path, you emerge onto a high point, below which you are greeted with a charming view of Redbrook village, the bridge, and the meandering River Wye. Celebrate your half way point and savour the view.
You now head southwards, and soon after reach Codora Woods. Your olfactory senses will be arrested with the scent of pine (you can tell I’ve just had a beer!) as you descend on this woodland trail. With dense forest either side I heard a rustling, and a deer bounded upwards through the trees. He stopped and we watched each other for a minute or so, until I moved on – a magical moment.
Eventually you head sharply left on an uphill path which joins the Offa’s Dyke Path, which you now follow all the way to the finish. This is the highlight of the run, with open fields, woods carpeted with bluebells, and pleasant, undulating running. After crossing the final style, the Lower Wye Valley showcases its finest display of bluebells. We hope you still have the energy to marvel at them.
Course Map (click to enlarge)