Itinerary & Dates
20th – 23rd September 2019
£299 pp solo (£289 pp pairs)
DAY ONE – Friday (Minehead to Lynton)
On the Thursday pm or Friday morning, you can meet us and start the event at the final campsite in Hartland, or meet us on Friday morning at the start line in Minehead.
Meeting us in Hartland
You can join the event at the final campsite in Hartland where you are able to leave your car for the duration of the event (cars are left at your own risk) and catch one of our coach transfers from the campsite to the start line at 7.30 on Friday Morning. You are welcome to camp on Thursday night with us onsite if that helps. The coach transfer should take around two hours, meaning you will be at Minehead for registration around 9.30am. Once you arrive at Minehead you will be able to drop your luggage at the luggage drop, register and get ready to start your run.
Meeting us in Minehead
You can make your own way to Minehead if you prefer. You can drop your luggage and register from 9.00am until 10am and you can then prepare to start the run. We will start after a safety briefing at 10.30am.
Today’s run is approximately 23 miles (37km). You will run from the seaside town of Minehead through the edge of Exmoor, a mixture of coastline and open hills to the quaint fishing village of Porlock Wier where you can pick up some lunch. From there you’ll continue across the cliff tops enjoying the breathtaking scenery until you reach the two towns of Lynmouth and Lynton – Lynmouth lies beneath Lynton which is perched on the hill above. If you don’t fancy the climb up the hill, you could hop on the funicular cliff railway which will take you from bottom to top with ease! Our first campsite is to be found shortly after leaving Lynton, where you can kick back and relax with some dinner and live entertainment for the evening.
DAY TWO – Saturday (Lynton to Croyde)
Today’s run is approximately 30 miles (48km). After breakfast you rejoin the trail and tackle Great Hangman and Little Hangman. Great Hangman is not only the tallest sea cliff on the entire South West Coast Path, but also in England! It is said the name comes from an unfortunate accident involving a local sheep-stealer carrying a sheep on his shoulders – the sheep slipped off and a rope attached to the sheep strangled the unlucky chap. Alternatively, it could also be from the a mix of the Celtic word for hill “mynedd” and the Germanic word “Hang” meaning slope – you decide! After enjoying the views, you’ll head through the villages of Combe Martin and Watermouth, and the seaside towns of Ilfracombe and Woolacombe, all of which offer great food options. Finally, you’ll head towards Croyde where you’ll find tonight’s campsite waiting for you with a hearty meal and some light entertainment.
DAY THREE – Sunday (Croyde to Westward Ho!)
Today’s run is approximately 27.5 miles (44km). After leaving our runners village you will head down to the beach and Croyde to follow the trail – then back up onto the headland, before starting to head inland to navigate your way around the Taw Estuary. Fristly, you’ll head towards Braunton where you’ll make the first of today’s river crossings – the River Caen. You’ll follow the River Taw all the way into Barnstaple where you’ll cross the river by the Long Bridge. From Barnstaple you’ll follow the estuary past Fremington to the village of Instow. Here you have two choices, if you’re timing is good, you can get the ferry across the River Torridge to Appledore. Alternatively, you will need to follow the path into Bideford and cross the Torridge on the Old Bideford Bridge. Head back up to Appledore and follow the trail around to Westward Ho! Once through the town you’ll continue to head south until you are directed into the campsite for the night where once again you can relax and enjoy the evening.
DAY FOUR – Monday (Westward Ho! to Hartland)
Today’s run is approximately 25 miles (40km) along the most uninhabited part of the South West Coast Path. The trail today is made up almost entirely of headland running, and is a feast for the senses as you enjoy the beauty and solitude around you. You will experience some stunning scenery today, as you start to approach the rough coastline of Cornwall. After a few miles, you find the tiny fishing village of Clovelly – with it’s picturesque cobbled High Street where no cars are permitted. Although Clovelly is not actually on the trail (you pass just above it), it is definitely worth a little detour, expecially as there really are no other options for food on this day!) You continue on your way until you reach Blackchurch Rock – a naturally carved arch in the rock formation at Mouthmill Beach. Eventually you will reach the lighthouse at Hartland Point, where you start to head south towards the Cornish border. Just before you reach Hartland Quay and the Wreckers retreat you come off the main trail to the final campsite. Enjoy the last night party onsite, and head off in your own time in the morning.