Sunday 5th August 2018

Exmoor Explorer

Sunday 5th August 2018


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The Exmoor Explorer is a non-competitive mountain biking event of 20 or 30/35 miles, held in the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the South West England. Open moorland, woodland trails, natural single track and secluded combes, the Explorer doesn’t disappoint. This iconic Exmoor cycling event was started 18 years ago by Team Zoyland and we at Channel Events are immensely proud to take it on for 2017 and beyond.

Whether you choose the 20 or 30/35 mile route option you will be able to access areas of the Exmoor usually restricted. You’ll enjoy amazing views across Exmoor and the Bristol Channel while being fully supported by our friendly Channel Events team. The route comprises of the main 20 mile route with an optional 20 mile extension. The route will be available to view on the day and a GPX file will be released the day before.

The Exmoor Explorer is NOT a race but you will be given a start time to record your own progress. Enter by yourself or with your mates. Be quick, the Explorer sells out!

The event provides free parking and last minute bike repairs at the event village.

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Places are strictly limited to 500 and the Explorer sells out. Enter now to avoid disappointment!

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Everything you need to know…

This year’s Exmoor Explorer is being held on Sunday the 5th of August You can choose between 20 mile and 30/35 mile route options. This can be decided on the day depending on how you are feeling.

The Event Village, Parking, camping and Start/Finish line will be at Westermill Farm Camp Site, Exford, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 7NJ.


  • Registration opens: 08.00
  • Ride briefing on the start line with bikes 09:50
  • Ride Starts: 10:00
  • Extra Loop cut off time: 13.00


Will be available at or very near the event village. This will be included in your entry fee. Please follow signage and marshal instructions. 


Why not make the most of the weekend by spending it on Exmoor. The 2017 event is being held at Westermill Farm Camp site. We have two accomodation options available.

1 – Hire one of our fantastic bell tents which  sleep 4 and will be equiped with luxury inflatable roll mats and a light. No need to spend your time piching your own tent, just bring your sleeping bag and  and enjoy the weekend. 

2 – Bring your own camping gear and book a pitch direct with the owners of the campsite.


Please bring with you a completed personal details form for each person in your group. This can be downloaded from the downloads page or by clicking here..

You will then be given your registration “tally”. This is a piece of waterproof paper you attach to your bike handlebars. Riders must stop and give their number to the marshals at the check points – tallies will be punched at the start and end of the ride, and at every check point. Your tally must also be submitted to the registration desk upon your return.


A copy of the route will be e-mailed out on the 5th August. In this e-mail will be links to the GPX files that you can download to your device for each of the loops if you so wish. We advise that you transfer the route onto your 1:25000 map of the area (Exmoor – OL9).

Some of the route is over environmentally sensitive ground.  To arrange an event in an area like this is difficult; please ensure you stick to the way-marked route and don’t cut corners.

The main loop will be marked in blue tape and flags while the extra loop will be marked in red. Both loops will have black signs on a yellow background marking major hazards and some junctions.


Drinking water will be available at the event village before the event starts and between the main loop and extra loop transition.

Please bring lots of fluids. Checkpoint two is the ‘Miles Tea‘ stop. Fill up on water and re-fuel while enjoying a brew from our favorite local tea blenders. 

There will be toilets at the event village.

Before and after the ride refreshments will be available from the ‘Little Van Rouge’, a boutique vintage catering service served out of a superbly restored 1956 Citroen H van.  This is not included in your entry fee.


Over 18 – £35

Under 18 – £35 (must be supervised by an adult)

Glamping in our Bell Tents – £60 per night per tent (sleeps 4). Available on Friday 4th and Saturday  5th August. 




Provided by Channel Adventure and the events team.


Please make sure you visit the registration desk at the end of the ride to submit your tally and collect your goody bag. If you wish to drop out at any point please inform the nearest checkpoint of your intentions. There will also be a charity raffle with some great prizes on offer. This will be drawn at after the event. Tickets can be purchased from the registration desk.


You have entered a non-competitive off road cycling event. This is NOT A RACE. Courtesy for other riders and users of Exmoor National Park must be at the top of your priority list.  Your finish time will be recorded and published on the website shortly after the event for your information.

Entry requirements and information



Personal Details Form Download


  • This is not a race. It is a challenging sportive across difficult terrain and tracks through the stunning Exmoor National Park.
  • All riders under 18 years of age or who are members of school or youth groups must be supervised by adults (over 18 years of age) in a ratio of at least 1 to 3.
  • All riders are responsible for ensuring their bike is fully maintained and suitable for the event; bikes will be inspected prior to the start at check in.
  • Suitable helmets MUST be worn throughout the event; failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification from the event.


The following equipment must be carried in a backpack by those participating in the event:

  • First aid kit for the treatment of strains, sprains and blisters and gravel rash.
  • Food and drink as required (nb water is available at checkpoints 2 and 4)
  • Compass
  • Ordnance Survey map of the area, 1:25,000 Exmoor OL9
  • A whistle
  • Mulit-tool / puncture repair kit / spare tubes / pump
  • (If riders are in a clearly defined group, it will be sufficient if the above items are carried by supervising adults only)
  • All entrants must take account of the weather conditions which may be encountered during the ride and may mean it’s necessary to carry additional items:

For example:

  • Emergency food, which should remain untouched during the ride, being used only in the event of an emergency.
  • Warm clothing
  • Survival bag/blanket capable of enclosing the whole body
  • Torch with efficient bulb and batteries.
  • Waterproof, jacket and trousers

The organisers will disqualify any rider scaling a fence where a gate exists, taking a short cut, or failing to re-fasten a gate.  This measure is necessary to ensure that the entire route, some of which passes over private land, remains available.

The organisers advise that riders carry a mobile phone. This is good practice, provided that it is used principally for emergency purposes if required.  Please remember that the mobile reception on Exmoor is limited. Should a rider, in a non-emergency situation, wish to retire and to use their mobile to arrange a pick-up then either control at race start or the marshal at the nearest Check Point must be informed of the retirement. Calling the event emergency/retirement number is also an option. The number is: 07968 886438 – please add to your contacts.

Please check the website, Facebook or twitter for any last minute changes to the event, particularly in the run-up to the event.


All entrants should be aware that this is a long distance sportive and a lot of stamina is required to complete the distance.  We therefore recommend that if you are not a regular long distance rider that you undertake suitable training beforehand.

Whilst the organisers will do everything possible to safeguard riders, no responsibility can be accepted.  Those who require insurance cover against possible injury and/or loss of, or damage to, property should make their own arrangements.

Please note that the organisers reserve the right to re-organise the event in any way considered appropriate to prevailing conditions. If the event has to be cancelled through no fault of the event organisers, no refund will be made.

Participating in mountain biking will always have associated risks of personal injury. We make every effort to minimise this risk. However, there are inherent risks of bumps, bruising, sprains, scrapes, cuts. More serious injury cannot be ruled out and participants taking part in this event should be aware of the risks and be responsible for their own actions, the condition of their bike and their ability to complete their chosen distance.


Should you need to cancel your booking once it has been confirmed, the person making the booking must notify us in writing or email. The date on which we receive written notification will determine the level of cancellation charges applicable. 

Cancellation up to 2 months before to the event – full refund. Cancellation less than 2 months before – no refund.  Entries may be transferred to another suitable entrant up to 1 month before the event – contact us via email.

No discount or reduction in fees will be made if the weather or other conditions outside the control of Channel Events preclude all or part of the event taking place.

If Channel Events fail to attend or cancel under no circumstances will consequential losses be met. Concerned entrants are advised to take out insurance to cover this eventuality.


Please remember to print off, complete and bring to the event the Personal Details Form. Under 18’s need to have the form signed by a parent or legal guardian and must be supervised throughout the event.

Download and print the form here.


The Quantock Quake is a non-competitive mountain biking event of 20 or 35 miles, held in the beautiful Quantock Hills AONB. Open moorland, woodland trails, natural single track and secluded combes, the Quake has it all. Started 5 years ago by Dan Brice and Dave Jackson to put something back into the sport they love.

Whether you ride the 20 or 35 mile route you’ll access areas of the Quantocks usually restricted. You’ll also see some of the greatest views from and of the Quantocks and be fully supported by our friendly event team. 

Man vs Moor is 10 kilometres of wild trail running set in the stunning and remote western end of Exmoor National Park. 

You’ll find yourself scrambling up and down steep combes, crossing boggy valley heads, swimming across Pinkery Pond and going underground in this truly awesome event. 

Getting to the finish is tough and you’ll leave with a massive sense of achievement. You’ve taken on the moor! 

The Battle of the Bay is a unique Stand Up Paddleboarding event set in the Bristol Channel’s beautiful Minehead Bay.

A series of fun and challenging heats on our fleet of SUPs brings competition and participation together.  Race with your mates or enter solo and meet new people.

Like all our events the focus is on getting involved and having fun in our amazing natural environment. 

Are you into Stand Up Paddleboarding?

Fancy taking it to a whole new level?

Get involved with the fast growing white water stand-up paddleboarding scene by entering ‘Battle of the Barle’.

Our Exmoor based river event will see you enter a down river sprint, a boarder cross event and a ‘King of the Wave’ comp.


Can I hire a bike?

We don’t offer this service through Channel Events. We suggest that you contact the local bike shops who may have a fleet of hire bikes or a demo bike you could use.

Can I get water and snacks along the route?

We ask that you are self sufficient for the distance you are intending to ride but there will be water and sweets available at many of checkpoints should you run out. The half way checkpoint on the main loop will also accomodate the ‘Miles’ tea stop. Here you can treat yourself to a brew from our favourite local tea and coffee blenders.

What if I run out of time?

All riders will complete the main 20 mile loop. This can take you until 4pm if required. If you are hoping to do the extra loop then there is a cut off time of 1pm. This gives you 3 hours to complete the main loop. Riders arriving back from the main loop after 1pm will not be permitted to continue.

I’m under 18, can I ride on my own?

No, we ask that any entrants under the age of 18 ride with an adult on a ratio of 1:3.

Is it possible to get lost?

The route will be well way-marked and separate colours used for each loop. Major hazards and awkward junctions will be marked with black/yellow signage. We also ask that you carry an Ordnance Survey map of the local area and transfer the route onto this prior to the event. Riding with your head down and not paying attention could result in you going off course. With this in mind we suggest that you follow the route way-markers with care.


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