Exmoor Perambulation

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Exmoor Perambulation
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The Perambulation is Exmoor National Park’s iconic traditional circular long distance walking event dating back over 725 years.Are you ready for the Exmoor Perambulation? You’ll be participating in a historic event that traces its origins back to the time of Edward I.This is one of the most challenging walks in the Exmoor annual calendar. During the 31 miles the route follows the boundary of the Royal Forest at the time of its sale in 1818. One great aspect of this event is that much of the route is accessible only with permission of the landowners concerned – so you’ll access parts of the National Park not normally open to the public. Please remember to keep strictly to the route provided, which has been agreed with the landowners – you’ll be given detailed instructions and maps to navigate these sections which do not follow public rights of way. You will also be participating in the continuation of Exmoor’s rich history.Completing the full Perambulation is a major achievement, but you also have the half distance option, which starts with the main event but ends at Picked Stones Lane. Here you’ll be greeted by the ‘Miles’ tea stop to enjoy a brew while waiting for the complementary mini bus service back to Pinkery. Whichever version you choose (and you don’t have to make up your mind until the day of the event), training is highly recommended before you tackle the main event, but the reward is immersion in the natural environment, heritage and spectacular scenery of Exmoor National Park.Come and be a part of this wonderful event’s long history. We look forward to seeing you on the start line.
Exmoor Perambulation
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Sat 22nd Jun 2019
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Dulverton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Dulverton TA22, UK
Start times
Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Exmoor Perambulation:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Exmoor Perambulation
Exmoor Perambulation
£5 - £25
Route information
Walk Starts: 07:30. The 31 mile route follows the original boundary of the Royal Hunting Forest of Exmoor. You’ll walk through inspiring, stunning and remote areas of the national park, taking away some truly amazing memories. This event is a test of your navigation and long distance walking abilities. The route is not way-marked but a route description and GPX files are available for you plot the route onto your Ordnance Survey map (Exmoor OL9 1:25000) and follow on a suitable GPS device.
What's included
Registration opens at 06:15. Please bring a completed personal details form for each person in your group. This can be downloaded  from the downloads page of our website.
How to get there
Dulverton TA22, UK
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Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath,
Somerset, TA24 7LL
Free parking on site – Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath, Somerset, TA24 7LL. Marshals and signage will direct you to the parking area.
Event day logistics
  • Registration opens at 06.15
  • Briefing on the start line at 07:20
  • Walk Starts at 07:30
  • Extra Loop cut off time is 14:00
There are 6 checkpoints in total. 3 on the first half, 1 at half way and 2 on the second half. 
On arrival at our halfway checkpoint (4) you will be greeted with a smile and a nice brew courtesy of our friends at Miles Tea.  In order to continue on to the full route you must be leaving this stop by 14:00. If you’re finishing here transport is available back to the event base.
At registration you will be given a “tally”, which is a piece of waterproof paper you must attach to your rucksack. Walkers must stop, have their tallies punched and have their number recorded by the marshals at each check point. As part of our duty of care these tally numbers are radioed back to the centre to record your progress. Your tally must also be submitted to the registration desk upon your return. This is how we know you are safe and accounted for.   Exmoor Search and Rescue will be present at various locations should they be required.
Spectator Info
There are some locations where it is possible to meet the entrants on route and to watch them through. These are mainly at the 6 checkpoints. The half way checkpoint with the ‘Miles Tea Stop’ is a great location to view from and to also enjoy a brew. Please park considerately here though as parking is limited. Spectators collecting entrants from here must take them back to the event village to submit their tally card and collect their finishers pack.
Can I borrow equipment?
No. We ask that all entrants are fully equipped and understand how to use their equipment prior to taking part in the event.
Can I wear my shorts?
Of course. We advise that long trousers are worn to prevent rashes from plants such as Gorse and Heather but this is up to you to decide.
Is it possible to get lost?
Yes. This event is not way-marked. Entrants should be proficient with the use of a map and compass and be able to follow a route description. Contact us if you’re at all concerned about the navigation skills required. A full route description and GPX files for GPS devices can be found on the downloads page.
We reccommened you use the Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25000 map sheet: Exmoor OL9What if I run out of time?
The event is 31 miles but spilt into two halves. There are 7 checkpoints in total. 4 on the first half, one at half way and 2 on the second half.Entrants not reaching half way (check point 5) by 2pm will be stopped and transported back to the event base. At all other checkpoints the event organisers reserve the right to determine whether there is time for you to continue.  Please note, should the event oranisers decide you are unable to continue then your tally will be removed. If you choose to continue then you are doing so at your own risk and will no longer be under the supervison and insurance of the event.
Can I fill up my water at every checkpoint?
There will be water available at most checkpoints but we ask that you come with the aim of being self-sufficient for the day. Some of the check points are remote and it’s difficult to get water there. All participants must carry a water bottle. We will no longer be suppliying throw away cups at checkpoints. If each entrant used a cup at each checkpoint we would be throwing over 1000 plastic cups into landfill in one day!
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