From the start of the Stroud Trail Half, the route leaves the town centre and heads westward onto the Severn-Thames Canal towpath, past Ebley Warf, Stonehouse, Ryeford and on to Ocean Bridge (Checkpoint 3.5M).
The route leaves the Towpath and turns towards King Stanley, via Stanley Mill and over Ryeford East Road and onto the Old Cotswold Way. This is the beginning of a long ascent up onto Selsley Common, via Manor Farm, Middleyard (Checkpoint 5.9M) and up into Pen Woods.
The final section of the 600ft climb, follows the Cotswold Way towards Stroud and up onto Selsley Common and reaching the highest point in this run with a view looking across the Stroud Valley out towards the Severn Estuary and Forest of Dean.
From the Peak of Selsley common a small switchback and over the B4066 and into the fields next to Dingle Woods, is the top of a long descent into South Woodchester and the Ram Inn, (Checkpoint 8.7M)
The route now joins the old disused Stonehouse to Nailsowrth Railway line (aka the Dudbridge Donkey Line) and heading towards Nailsworth. After about a mile, Dunkirk Mill comes into view and now leaving the Cycles Track, the next 600ft ascent is here to take runners up onto Minchinhampton Common and over to Amberley, (Checkpoint 11.1M).
So heading across Minchinhampton Common, the course steers past the Bear of Rodborough Hotel, across to Rodborough Common and back to Rodborough Fort. The route now takes a steep descent from Rodborough Common towards Stroud, under the Railway Viaduct and onto the Thames/Severn Canal Path, west along the Towpath and into the Town Centre to the finish.
When: Sunday 8th May 2022
Where: Stroud Town Centre
Distance: 14.2 M
Trails: 89% Road: 11%
Total Ascent: 464m (2033 ft)
Lowest: 19m (65ft) at 3.6M
Highest: 209m (675ft) at 7.2M