As end of year events go, this could well be up there: Bowstones Fell Race offers New Year’s Eve runners the chance to enjoy some breathtaking views of the Cheshire Plain, the city of Manchester and the hills of the Peak District.
While the 7 mile fell race is known to present a tough challenge for the 450 runners set to compete, the landscape on offer (plus the free bottle of beer presented to all finishers), makes it worthwhile. So much so in fact that this year’s event sold out in just two days.
Organised by Bramhall Runners, the event takes its name from The Bowstones, which are a pair of ancient Anglian cross shafts situated beside the old ridgeway between Disley and Macclesfield overlooking the gorgeous Lyme Park.
The run starts from the Middlewood Way car park in Higher Poynton and winds its way uphill, crossing the Macclesfield Canal, into Lyme Park, joining the Gritstone Trail up to Paddock Cottage, then up to the Bowstones themselves, before passing Lyme Hall and the deer sanctuaries near Lyme Cage, eventually moving back down to Higher Poynton.
Keep an eye out for our report on the Bowstones Fell Race in 2018.