Getting more and more excited about trying out trail running. Planning to go to Haldon Hill on the recommendation of running shop staff. Can anyone suggest any other good off road places in Devon, preferably near Exeter...
coast path...Exmouth to Axmouth...hilly though.
East hill strip near Ottery..
Woodbury as above
Haldon Hill is my back garden, literally. Our farm backs onto it! Try the Challenge trail when you get up there, good off road stuff.
Other than that head for the coast, start at Exmouth and run east along the coast path. We eat hills for breakfast we do!
Whoops, great minds, hadn't read slowerthan's reply when I posted .....
this is Devon were talking about, there is a big bit in the middle called Dartmoor, a coastal path all around the outsides, Exmoor in the North and footpaths / bridle paths everywhere. Kleebatt, Trail running is anywhere where there isn't tarmac there is no shortage of possibilities in Devon from the flat beside the rivers to the positively mountainous, open door run to nearest footpath and go, you really don't need to fixate on any particular paths / trail / area.
Get out there and enjoy it, though you might want to but some trail shoes before you slide all over the place
To be honest Dartmoor isn't that easy if you aren't used to it. I know because I live on it and am aware of the reactions of visiting runners who have never experienced it. Exmoor is easier because there are far better paths.
For a newcomer to the moor I would say wait until summer unless you go with someone who knows their way around.
There is amazing trail running all over Devon. In fact I'm amazed people run on the roads. I run with the wildrunning group every Thursday evening. And next February on the first Saturday of half term week in fact, we're organising Devon's first night running race, the Wild Night Run, sponsored by Petzl. It's a tough 10 miles starting and finishing in South Brent (which is very quick to get to from Exeter) Or if that sounds a bit daunting there's the shorter 7k Mild Night Run on the same evening.
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