The 2021 route is still to be tested and the refreshment stops arranged. To give you a flavour of the type of event the Highland Challenge is, below is the outline of the route that would have been used in 2020:
Leaving Ludlow, the route headed north-east along under the east flank of the Brown Clee with the first two decent climbs coming after the villages of Stoke St Milborough and Cleobury North respectively before rounding the north of the Brown Clee to the morning refreshment stop at Abdon Village Hall.
Descending west into Corvedale there were two short climbs over Wenlock Edge and the Stretton Hills before the biggest climb of the day from All Stretton over the Long Mynd.
After a planned lunch stop at the Bridges you then climbed the Stiperstones to The Bog and had a sometimes hairy descent past Nipstone, Linley, More, Bishops Castle and over the top to Lydbury North for the afternoon refreshment stop.
Then the final triple whammy climb by Edgton over Wart Hill to Craven Arms. You would have returned home to Ludlow by rounding Norton Camp hill-fort.
After just under 65 miles and with 1,796 metres (5,892 feet) of climbing under your belt, Ludlow Rugby Club would have awaited you!
2020 Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30255082