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Old 28th Dec 16, 03:55 PM
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I've recently moved to SW and looking to engage more in trail running - doing my own research, but does anyone have any suggestions? Would you believe the TRA website doesn't include Welsh events!? It's a lovely website and all - the Welsh equivalent http://www.welshathletics.org/compet...l-running.aspx does list some.
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Old 3rd Jan 17, 10:15 AM
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Are you looking for trails for training, or events? Also, SW is a big place when you're on foot - where do you mean? Maybe those are the reasons you have had no answers so far. For the time being I recommend stretches of the Wales coast path, e.g., Gower, Prembrokeshire.
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Old 4th Jan 17, 09:21 AM
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Old 4th Jan 17, 10:25 AM
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Sorry yeah, should have said! Events mainly - I've signed up for the South Wales Trail HM in Margam Park, Swansea for July and I'm considering the HM held as part of the trail running festival at the Royal Welsh in May, so ideally I'll need some 10k trails under my belt between now and then.

I'm about 14 miles north of Swansea, on the edge of the Black Mountains/Brecon Beacons - a big stack of OS maps don't help when in this backwater, 80% of the public footpaths are overgrown, inaccessible or just plain can't find them! Trying to log those like these with the Ramblers app I've recently downloaded.

What I need are some nice, sweeping 10-20k loops (my partner can drop me off and have a wander with the not-so-litt'lun, so driving some is not a problem) that don't require me to re-navigate myself round half a dozen problems
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Old 4th Jan 17, 10:26 AM
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Old 4th Jan 17, 11:52 AM
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On the point of paths being overgrown, you could use Strava heatmaps to see where people actually run in your area, e.g., http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#12/-...71724/gray/run
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Old 4th Jan 17, 01:24 PM
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On the point of paths being overgrown, you could use Strava heatmaps to see where people actually run in your area, e.g., http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#12/-...71724/gray/run
Damn Steve, I think you're my new best friend - that is an excellent idea! I need now only compare the heatmap to the OS map overlay on Bing maps.

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Old 5th Jan 17, 07:21 AM
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You could go so far as to plot a course in some way in advance and follow it with some or other app. I have done that only on a very rare occasion, following someone else's exported track as a .gpx file, with the MotionX-GPS app, when I was worried about getting lost in the middle of nowhere. Someone else might have a more polished workflow for this, should you choose to take that challenge
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Old 19th Apr 17, 08:20 PM
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I'm in North Wales and when I started doing more trail running several years back I found following the routes of established fell races was a great way of finding accessible routes, most fell races have OS maps with the routes plotted just a google away, some even have official Harveys maps you can buy, then once you get out there with your map on known routes you get to see where other paths on the map lead, and take it from there. the WFRA website is a bit crap, but the FRA website lists almost every Welsh Fell race, and there are quite a few in South Wales. I also found buying hiking guide books a great way of discovering new trail paths, there are some really excellent ones out there full of great maps and illustrations.

I also find Mapometer in satellite view can tell you how good some paths are, it's a handy heads up before going into unknown areas anyway, if the path looks wide and really visible at least you can see it's there and it should be easily runnable, others you can tell that they are scratchy, intermittent animal tracks that may be a little more tough to follow.

It's mainly the lower farmland and woodland areas I find that can be problematic with being overgrown, but any path you come across that is a problem, log the exact location and notify your local council. I've been so impressed with my local council over the years because every time I've notified them of overgrown footpaths they've arranged to have it cleared within 1 month 100% of the time, they really appreciate people letting them know!

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