Llangollen Round Challenge - 2nd & 3rd June 2018

The 3rd Llangollen Round Challenge in aid of Cancer Research UK will be held on 2nd and 3rd June 2018, and we aim to make it a very special event.  We can promise you glorious scenery, lots of support and snacks on the way round, and more food at the end of the day, but be in no doubt – you will have to work for it!  This 35-mile circuit to be completed in either one or two days is truly a challenge, but we hope you enjoy every minute of it. 

Full details of the 3rd Llangollen Round Challenge will be posted here when entry opens in November, but here’s just a little to be going on with

  • The Llangollen Round is a 33-mile circuit that visits every summit around the Vale of Llangollen.  It is very well-waymarked, and described in detail in the colour booklet available through this website.
  • The Challenge uses exactly this route, but since it starts and ends at the school in Llangollen, an extra stretch is added at beginning and end, making the distance to be covered 35 miles.  You have the option of completing this in one day or two.
  • 2-day participants will be bussed back from the mid-point (Ponderosa on the Horse-Shoe Pass) on the Saturday, and returned to the same point on the Sunday morning.
  • Over the 35 miles, the total ascent (and of course, descent) is around 2000 metres – that is, completing the circuit is like going up Snowdon twice over.  But don’t be put off because all that climbing is spread out, and there is only one stretch of about 4 miles (over Llantysilio Mountain) that can be described as demanding.  The Challenge – which is real enough! – is in the distance and relentless undulation.
  • Be reassured that nowhere is it dangerous or precipitous. A head for heights is not a requirement!
  • Almost all the route is off-road.  The path is a little rough underfoot in parts, but it is everywhere clear, and we add a whole lot of extra waymarking for the event.  You have to try very hard to get lost!
  • Support on the day consists of 5 checkpoints in the hills, marshalls on the route, and the services of Red Cross at base.  Cars, off-roaders, and even air-ambulance are on stand-by to rescue you from any point on the route, should it be needed.
  • All checkpoints will offer water and snacks such as fruit, cheese, biscuits, cake, sweets.  Beyond that, you will need to carry your own food for the day.
  • The Ponderosa Café at the mid-point, and the Grouse Inn 7 miles farther on, can supply extra food or even meals, and you will be welcome to use their toilets.
  • On the advice of local vets, we cannot allow dogs on the day
  • Let’s end on a positive note!  We expect at least 400 entrants, so you will have plenty of company, and hopefully, even some fun!  And at the end of the day, there’s a certificate and a medal for everyone, and some more food in the school restaurant.


I’m sure this doesn’t cover all your questions, but for more information you are more that welcome to ring Judy on 01978 869364 / 07905330788 at any time. 

Entry for the challenge will be open later this year but do register your interest now by emailing us with your name and email address - click here to email us             




“We regularly take part in long distance walks and we have to say the Llangollen Round was the best yet!! The route was excellently waymarked and all the volunteers at the checkpoints were friendly and helpful. The scenery was outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. We will wear our Llangollen Round Badges with pride!”

From Victoria & Edward Andrews,   Bridgnorth, Shropshire.