Exmoor Trail Running Weekend

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Join Trail Run Explorers for an unforgettable weekend of trail running in the stunning North Devon. You will stay in a National Trust bunkhouse and enjoy 4 epic runs. These tickets are in high demand so don't miss out!
Exmoor Trail Weekend 1 Week 12th to the 19th June 2024 and Exmoor Trail Weekend
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Wed, 12 Jun 2024 - Fri, 14 Jun 2024
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Countisbury, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Countisbury, Lynton EX35 6NE, UK
Start times
Wednesday, 12 Jun 2024
Exmoor Trail Weekend 1 Week 12th to the 19th June 2024: 4:00 pm
Friday, 14 Jun 2024
Exmoor Trail Weekend: 4:00 pm
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Exmoor Trail Running Weekend
Exmoor Trail Weekend
Exmoor Trail Weekend 1 Week 12th to the 19th June 2024
Route information
A fantastic weekend of running awaits you. Arriving on the Friday, you will enjoy 4 trail runs spread out over Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The following is the format we followed for 2023, 2024 will be similar but there will be changes to the routes followed, we have more support runners so can facilitate different levels and paces of runners.
Run 1
A short 3 mile run, through the picturesque Watersmeet with its dramatic river gorge, down to the seaside village of Lynmouth. During the run you will get to familiarise ourselves with the different terrains and begin to discover some of the National Park’s hidden gems, as well as getting to know each other. This run will then end with fish and chips on the harbour front, before a short (but fairly steep) walk back up to the bunkhouse on the winding SW Coast path.
Run 2
On Saturday, you will make an early start (after a hearty breakfast) for a trail run of two halves: the first 10 miles will see you make your way along the undulating SW Coast path, under shaded woods, towards Porlock Weir, where you will have time to refresh, refill water and enjoy an ice cream on the sea front. A steep ascent will follow, offering glimpses of Porlock Bay through the ancient woodland, before you join the Coleridge Way and start the 11 miles back through the Doone Valley to County Gate, where Exmoor ponies can often be seen grazing on the moors. Finally, the run will end at Watersmeet House, where you are welcome to celebrate with a drink or cake in the tea garden. This will be a fairly challenging 21 mile run with approx 4700ft of elevation, but you will walk the hills, stay together as a group and stop for many photos along the way.
Run 3
On Sunday, you have an 8 mile run (approx. 2000ft of elevation) along the Tarka Trail, taking in the magnificent views of the national park, before dropping down into the historic harbour town of Lynton. You will then head out towards the Valley of Rocks, a dramatic section of coastline with its steep craggy cliffs rising either side of the deep valley floor. Here, you might decide to climb the cliff tops and breathe in the fresh salty air, or just amble around admiring the spectacular views of the seascape, whilst avoiding the feral goats. The last part of the run will take you along the cliff walls back in to Lynmouth, where you can choose to stay and have lunch, ride the unique Cliffside railway, and peruse the many quaintly packed shops on the narrow streets.
Run 4
On Monday, you have to check out, but not before a run up Butter Hill to Foreland Point, in order to watch the sunrise over the Bristol Channel.
I just had the most amazing weekend with Perry and Michelle (trail run explorers )
The location was just stunning and someone had kindly organised the sunshine which was perfect
I was a bit unsure about the bunkhouse and sharing my space with a Bunch of strangers but the accommodation was perfect and the strangers quickly became friends
The trails were some of the nicest I’ve ran , in fact it was just a culmination of a lot of lovely things coming together on what was the perfect weekend
Perry and Michelle are just the best guides and I can’t wait for the next adventure !!
Jane Attew
What's included
• Bunkhouse accommodation consisting of 3 bedrooms with bunkbeds
• Breakfast each day
• Two dinners
• Welcome drink
• Guided trail runs by qualified run leaders (Perry is also a qualified Coach in Running Fitness)
• Advice and guidance throughout the weekend on how to tackle trails, nutrition, fuelling etc.
• Snacks and water
• Video and photos
Not Included:
• Additional drinks and snacks.
• Lunches.
• Transport to and from the Bunkhouse.
How to get there
Countisbury, Lynton EX35 6NE, UK
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There will be parking available at the Bunkhouse.
Event day logistics
16:00 Check in to the bunkhouse opens
08:00 21 mile trail run starts ( There will be a lesser mileage option for those who need it )
09:00 8 mile trail run starts
10:00 Checkout
Please note: all runs and itinerary are subject to last minute changes, if necessary, depending on weather, trail closures etc.
Age Requirements
All runners must be aged 18 or older.
You will be staying at the National Trust Bunkhouse in Countisbury. This consists of 3 bedrooms with bunkbeds, so you will be sharing with your fellow runners. The bunkhouse is situated very close to the South West coastal path, with its breath-taking views of Lynmouth Bay and South Wales across the Bristol Channel.
Fitness Level
The four runs over the weekend will be social paced; you are there to have fun, admire the views, make friends and take photos. This is not a race so please expect to stop and wait for others. However, you must have a good level of fitness, be capable of covering the distances at a pace of 12 - 13 min/miles and should have previous experience of trail running with elevation in order to enjoy and successfully complete all runs over the weekend. We will be catering for different levels of trail runners, however there is still an expectation that your fitness and ability to run is at a level where you can gain maximum enjoyment from your trip.
Are all meals included in the price of the Exmoor Trail Weekend?
All breakfasts and two dinners are included, as well as various drinks and snacks throughout the weekend. You will need to provide your own lunches.
Is the Exmoor Trail Weekend a race?
No - this is supposed to be a relaxed, enjoyable weekend of running. You will not be racing.
Will there be free time on the Exmoor Trail Weekend?
Yes - there will be plenty of free time for you to use as you please.
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