The Gordano Round is a 27-mile (43 km) recreational Long-distance trail, running as a figure of eight around the Gordano Valley near Portishead in North Somerset, England.
The Gordano Round route was first suggested by Jim Dyer of the Gordano Footpath Group in 1983 and walked by four members of the group in 1984. It was adopted by North Somerset Council as a recreational route and now marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer map 154. The route is described in the book The Gordano Round first published in 2000.
The route starts from Portishead and follows the coast path to Clevedon with views of Wales and both Severn road crossings. In Clevedon it climbs to the top of Dial Hill affording views as far as the Black Mountains in Wales, Brean Down and the Mendips to the South. Crossing over to the Clevedon Court Woods (above the National Trust property) and the Court Woods, there are views across the Gordano Valley as it climbs to the Iron Age Cadbury Camp. Dropping back into the valley it reaches the 14th century Black Horse pub before climbing up to the highest point on the route at 155 metres (509 ft) in Failand with more views over the Severn Estuary and Wales. Back across on the Northern side of the valley, the route passes the Black Rock quarry with its old workings before returning to the start in Portishead.
Submitter: Teddy Valiane
The unreported FKT for this route is likely held by Luke Hanson, set during the 2017 Gordano Round Marathon in a course record time of 3:32:54.
I plan on running this route on Saturday 26th September, unsupported. I’ll start and finish at the car park on Roath Road, as per the guide - and not from/to Gordano School as on race days 2015-17.
Abbots Pool is currently off limits (COVID restrictions) and so I’ll take a detour of approx 1k via a bridleway and Manor Road to reach Abbots Leigh.
Have started to recce this route for a potential crack at an FKT sometime around mid-Feb