Three Circles of Machen – Route Details

Route Descriptions & GPX Files

Please find below the 2021 route descriptions and GPX files for our second three circles event, The Three Circles of Machen.


Entrants are requested to read and abide by the rules of the event.
Equipment – Your attention is drawn to rule 7 which lists the items each entrant must carry.

Route Descriptions:

GPX files and route views

  • 8 miles  GPX file | Zipped GPX | View map (*see note below)
  • 10 miles  GPX file | Zipped GPX | View map (*)
  • 12 miles  GPX file | Zipped GPX | View map (*)
  • 18 miles (Use the 10 and 8 mile gpx routes)
  • 20 miles (Use the 12 and 8 mile gpx routes)
  • 22 miles (Use the 12 and 10 mile gpx routes)
  • 30 miles (Use the 12, 10 and 8 mile gpx routes)

Note: If the GPX file does not download from direct link above, please download the Zipped GPX version and then extract the .gpx file from there.

*View map: to display a route a website such as Walk Lakes can be used to display the routes on a map. To use this website:

  • Download the GPX file to your device (if the .ZIP version – unzip it).
  • Start your internet browser and go to this link:
  • In the horizontal menu, select “GPS Mapping” which takes you to a map display.
  • Just above the top left corner of the map, click on the symbol with three horizontal lines.
  • In the drop down menu select “Load GPX file”.
  • In the popup window press the “Browse” button.
  • Use the resulting “File Upload” window to browse to the GPX file on your device, select it and press the “Open” button.
  • This should display the route on a map. Zoom in/out and pan/scroll to view the route.