Fancy a trip to the sea? Well we're afraid you'll have to run 25 miles to get there. However, they're 25 of the flattest miles you'll encounter down our neck of the woods. Sure this is Somerset, so there's the odd gate, the odd stile, the odd but of slightly uneven ground here and there, but as Somerset goes, these are 25 of the easiest miles around. The next 25 are made up of coast paths, cross country trails, seaside towns and villages and a couple of slight diversions inland. You'll get to see a lot of our beautiful county in a day, and along the way will get to feast yourself on the fine spread at our aid stations, finishing up at West Somerset Community College in Minehead, where a medal, a banquet hall (a big hall with some food in it anyway) and the sharing of anecdotes with your fellow finishers awaits you.
OK, so the route in more detail; commencing in the bustling metropolis (as in our county town) of Taunton, you will follow the canal path all the way to Bridgwater Docks. If you're lucky you may spot a kingfisher along this section. If you're very lucky you may spy an otter. Look out also for the 'space walk' signs - one for each planet in our solar system, which also have approximate distances in km to Bridgwater; handy for breaking things down.
If you haven't used up all your energy banking some uber-fast miles then you can leave Bridgwater moving purposefully down the River Parrett Trail to Steart Marshes Nature Reserve. You'll be pretty much following the river most of the way, and so here's a chance to gather your thoughts about how you'll tackle the second half.
From Steart, where you can keep your eyes on the skies for Peregrine Falcons and various wading birds, you will be following the original route of the West Somerset Coast Path all the way to Minehead.