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Silent Valley Nature Reserve by Jane Corey

Silent Valley Nature Reserve by Jane Corey

Our friends at Gwent Wildlife Trust are hosting a 6 mile trail run on Sunday 22nd October!

The GWT Silent Valley Challenge will be held on Sunday 22nd October at GWT's Silent Valley Nature Reserve near Ebbw Vale at 10.30am.

This is an exciting 6 mile trail/fell run that combines the natural environment, historic landscape and some tough terrain. You’ll be surrounded by awesome scenery and wildlife on this stunning Eastern Valleys nature reserve, with family nature trails/walk and other activities for the support team.

Advance Entry Fee: £12 affiliated/GWT members, £14 unaffiliated

Goodies for all runners and prizes for overall and category winners.

All profits will stay in Gwent to support Gwent Wildlife Trust's work.

The route:

Starting within the beautiful surroundings of Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Silent Valley Nature Reserve, which includes the highest ancient beech woodland in the UK, this multi-terrain (grass, mud, rocky path) trail challenge takes you through a mixture of woodlands, wetlands and open heathland.

The trail begins on the lower levels of the reserve, ascending around the summit of Mynydd Carn-y-Cefn. The route then takes you along the heather-clad ridge with stunning views of the valleys before descending back through the wet woodlands giving you a chance to appreciate the ancient trees in all their autumn glory and finally crossing the Nant Merddog stream to reach the finish.

The start of the course has been altered this year to add a small loop before reaching the narrow trail in the reserve.

The run is for experienced trail and fell runners, with steep inclines and challenging and varying terrain. If the weather is poor, it will also be muddy so appropriately grippy trainers will be required.

Find more information and booking forms for the Silent Valley Challenge.