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Discussion Forum - Events - 10th Pound the Bounds

Author: Nigel Dean
Posted: Mon 3rd May 2010, 12:34
Joined: 1989
Local Group: West Lancashire
The 25 mile was a varied route with path, track, field, wood, riverside, deep valley and ridge walking. There was some surprisingly impressive scenery along the way. Of the five checkpoints one was in a village hall with the other 4 being basically in peoples gardens. This did not seem to result in a compromised route. While there were some big hills it could have gone up, there were plenty of undulations amounting to a reasonable overall ascent without adding any long steep ascents.
This is a must event for anyone navigationally challenged. The route was so thoroughly way marked with unmissable signs that it could be done without reference to the route description at all. Yet the route description was excellent and sufficient to get round without any marking. This makes it ideal for anyone not confident with the description to gain that confidence even on there own. There was a marker at every junction or turn with a confirmation one a few meters along the correct route. Even a lot of side paths not to be taken had a marker just beyond them pointing straight on. On longer sections too there were markers fairly frequently pointing straight on to confirm you had not missed one and should have turned off further back. Even utterly distracted by conversation it is difficult to see how anyone could go wrong. On your own it was impossible to do so.
The start and finish was from a pub with parking in the field directly opposite.
The event was in aid of the village hall with no pre entries only entry on the day and just £5 for the long route.

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