The Trawden 7 has been part of the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix series for many years, but in 2012 we completely revised the route to create a true trail race.
Upon leaving Trawden recreational ground, turn right along the road and continue through Higher Stunstead, Near Wanless and Far Wanless before dropping steeply down to the road at Hollin Hall. Turn left here following the road as it gains height past Lodge Hill and Mean Moss farms to meet the Pendle Way at the foot of Boulsworth Hill.
Turn left onto the bridleway keeping the wall on your left along this undulating section until the path descends to a wide concrete bridge. Cross this and continue on the Pendle Way to the prominent signpost (SD948385) where you turn sharp left onto the Bronte Way and gradually decline through a very scenic stretch by the river into Wycoller.
Go over the clapper bridge just before the village centre then follow the road as it leads up a short climb then past the main visitors' car park. Make sure you've kept a bit in reserve for the last mile of road beyond Wycoller and back to the finish as it's deceptively uphill most of the way!
Boulsworth Fell Race was resurrected in 2010 after a few years' absence. The present route differs slightly from that used in previous incarnations, and there is a short section that passes over private ground (which must not be used on recce runs prior to the event).
The route passes through farmland on the way to and back from the foot of Boulsworth, with the middle section consisting of a clockwise loop over the summit utilising the concessionary footpath, which provides an opportunity for some proper muddy Pennine fell running!
The race coincides with the popular Trawden Agricultural Show and has a grandstand finish in the heart of the main show ground. There's a great post-race atmosphere with a selection of homemade treats on offer while awaiting the presentation of awards.
Race entry also includes free access to Trawden Show.