The start, registration and finish are at the Chop Gate Car Park 558993. This is a couple of miles south of Clay Bank Car Park on the B1257. The race starts with a clockwise loop of the car park to thin runners out as the opening section of hill is particularly narrow. The route follows a Public Footpath which is obvious and takes about the best line to Cock Howe cairn 543983 (CP1), then head SW to Head House at 534971 (CP2). From here head SE (passing through two gates and bearing left at fork junctions) to Meggy Mire at 545964 (CP3) then turn north back to Cock Howe cairn (543983) (CP1 & 4). Once you touch the cairn you return on the same route to the finish area. There is no lap of the car park at the finish.