Varga (Wye) Trail

Welcome to the new “Varga (Wye) Trail”

Events Saturday 13th August 2022

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In following on the success of the long established “Sabrina Walk” and the more recent success of the race to the sea along the “Ystwyth Way”, CME are proud to present the “Varga (Wye) Trail” to commemorate the third Pumlumon River Sister Varga (or river Wye as better known to us all).

The 60k Varga (Wye) Trail proves the more challenging of the three events we now host to commemorate the River Sisters of Pumlumon, but still encompasses a fantastic route with spectacular scenery to compliment this exciting series of events and the beauty the Cambrian Mountains has to offer.

The River Wye, the fifth longest river in the UK springs to life high on the misty slopes of Pen Pumlumon the highest mountain in the central range of the Cambrian Mountains. While the better known River Sister Sabrina (river Severn) takes the long meandering course into the east to claim its title as the longest river and the River Sister Ystwyth (river Ystwyth) takes the quickest route west, Varga (river Wye) journeys along an equally spectacular course south through spectacular forest, valleys and gorges.

The Varga Story

The ancient folklore tells that Varga was one of the three daughters of Pumlumon, the sleeping giant of the mountain. He watched over his daughters in his slumber seeing them grow safely from the rain and the mountain mist that settled upon the mountain sides. He watched the raindrops form puddles which formed pools which joined together to form little rivulets that trickled gently down the mountain. He then looked upon them one day and saw the energy that was brimming up inside of them ready to overflow and gush forth and he knew their time had come. Waking from his slumber he called them and told them that they had to fulfil their destiny and join the sea.

Ystwyth hurried to accomplish her destiny in the shortest route possible to reach the sea, smell the salt air and to see the sun set over its wide waters; Severn roamed the land in search of wisdom of the earth through the great cities, the beautiful towns and the quaint villages of the fair people to learn their ways before she rendezvoused with the sea; Varga in her pursuit of knowledge, beauty and harmony with nature flowed gracefully through the countryside providing a place of peace, fulfilment and sanctuary to all creatures along the way on her journey to join the sea and fulfil her destiny.

Some Key Views en route

The Route

Starting out from the Event Venue in the Llanidloes Town Centre, the route heads out through Cwmbelan to Marsh’s Pool and heads over the Wind Farm on Blaen-y-Glyn (1,470ft); then continues along the South-side of the beautiful Hafren Forest to join the picturesque Wye Valley Walk long distance trail to head up to the Marker Post of the Source of the River Wye (1,640ft); then the route continues South along the Wye Valley Walk trail through Sweet Lamb and Llangurig to Tynant; at Tynant the route leaves the Wye Valley Walk trail and follows the minor road to Dolhelfa to progress over the Wind Farm on Banc Dolhelfa (1,400ft) to Tylwch; then continues along a minor road over Brynposteg Hill and follow the road down through Cilfach-allt back to the Finish at the Event Venue in the Llanidloes Town Centre.

This amazing 60k route has a total ascent of 5,508ft, and on a clear day boasts some spectacular views across the Cambrian Mountains as far as the Snowdonia Mountain Range to the North and the Brecon Beacon Mountain Range in the South.

The Varga (Wye) Trail route will be waymarked to guide participants along the course at key points on route and changes of direction, but will NOT be "hand- railed" throughout. CME reserve the right to change sections of the route without notice to accommodate unforeseen safety issues or aspects specific to respective on route Farm requirements; where time-permitting CME will advise all entrants of any such changes by email prior to the event, or latest at the Entrants Brief prior the start on the event day.

Please note that sections of the route are through private "working" Farmland with expressive permission from the landowners, for the Event day only. Participants must stringently respect this, and ensure all closed gates are left closed and open gates left as found when travelling through such Farmland. Strict compliance with the "Country Code" is also required.

This event is dog friendly for responsible owners and CaniCross participants alike; who must ensure their canine friends are controlled and on a lead at all times; and also responsibly collect, carry and dispose excrement in a dedicated waste bin when available.

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An Entrants Brief, Route Map and the Route Coordinate GPX File will be included in the Entrants Pack that is electronically provided once you have booked your place and paid the entry fee.

Key Event Details

DISTANCE: 60km / 37miles
COST: £65 Adult / £35 under 18s & OAPs
ENTRIES CLOSE: Tuesday 09th August 2022
EVENT DATE: Saturday 13th August 2022
CAR PARKING: in the Llanidloes Town Centre are located at:
- The Gro: SN953 844 (free community carpark)
- Opposite St Idloes Church: SN953 846 (free community carpark)
- Opposite the Library: SN954 844 (public paying carpark)
START/FINISH VENUE: The Crown & Inn, Llanidloes: SN954 846
REGISTRTATION: 05:00 – 06:00
EVENT START: 06:30 promptly
EVENT FINISH: 20:30 promptly

In the morning there will be Tea & Toast available for all participants from 05:00 – 06:00. As participants complete they will receive their much deserved unique Varga Trail Awards and be treated to a buffet-style meal with refreshments, in the dedicated event marquee at the quirky Crown & Anchor Inn. Once all participants have completed the event and Marshals return to the finishing venue, in true CME style the after-event get-together will continue into the evening at the Crown & Anchor Inn.

We look forward to seeing you on the Event ...Team CME


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