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Exmoor Perambulation


Saturday 16th June 2018

The Perambulation is Exmoor National Park’s iconic traditional circular long distance walking event dating back over 725 years.

Are you ready for the Exmoor Perambulation? This year’s 31 mile “relaxed journey on foot for exercise or pleasure” (as the dictionary defines it!) around the original boundary of the Royal Hunting Forest of Exmoor will take place on Saturday 16th June 2018. You’ll be participating in a historic event that traces its origins back to the time of Edward I.

This is one of the most challenging walks in the Exmoor annual calendar. During the 31 miles the route follows the boundary of the Royal Forest at the time of its sale in 1818. One great aspect of this event is that much of the route is accessible only with permission of the landowners concerned – so you’ll access parts of the National Park not normally open to the public. Please remember to keep strictly to the route provided, which has been agreed with the landowners – you’ll be given detailed instructions and maps to navigate these sections which do not follow public rights of way. You will also be participating in the continuation of Exmoor’s rich history.

Completing the full Perambulation is a major achievement, but you also have the half distance option, which starts with the main event but ends at Picked Stones Lane. Here you’ll be greeted by the ‘Miles’ tea stop to enjoy a brew while waiting for the complementary mini bus service back to Pinkery. Whichever version you choose (and you don’t have to make up your mind until the day of the event), training is highly recommended before you tackle the main event, but the reward is immersion in the natural environment, heritage and spectacular scenery of Exmoor National Park.
Entries are strictly limited to 500 to minimise the impact on the beautiful landscape.

Come and be a part of this wonderful event’s long history. We look forward to seeing you on the start line.

Everything you need to know


Saturday 16th June



Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath, Somerset, TA24 7LL


  • Registration opens at 06.15
  • Briefing on the start line at 07:20
  • Walk Starts at 07:30
  •  Second half cut off time is 14:00


You can choose between the 15 mile and 31 mile route options on the day. All entrants head out on the first 15 miles. If you want to complete the full route of 31 miles, you will need to be leaving Checkpoint 5 by the cut-off time of 14:00.


£25.00 per person – Choose your distance on the day.

Entries are capped at 500 in an effort to conserve this beautiful area. 


Free parking on site – Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath, Somerset, TA24 7LL. Marshals and signage will direct you to the parking area.


Walk Starts: 07:30. The 31 mile route follows the original boundary of the Royal Hunting Forest of Exmoor. You’ll walk through inspiring, stunning and remote areas of the national park, taking away some truly amazing memories. This event is a test of your navigation and long distance walking abilities. The route is not way-marked but a route description and GPX files are available for you plot the route onto your Ordnance Survey map (Exmoor OL9 1:25000) and follow on a suitable GPS device.


There are 44 beds available in self-catering mixed dormitories at the Pinkery Centre on the Friday and Saturday nights. Come and spend the weekend, you’ll need to bring your own food and drink but the kitchen and BBQ are there for you to use.

Beds can be booked at the time of  booking your place on the event. Strictly limited to 44 so get in quick. Each dorm has an en-suite shower room and beds come with all linen provided. Dormitory beds £18.50 per bed per night.

Camping is available in the field adjacent to the main building with access to toilets. Camping £5.00 per person per night.


Registration opens at 06:15. Please bring a completed personal details form for each person in your group. This can be downloaded by clicking here or from the downloads page.


Please bring lots of fluids. We ask that you come prepared and self-sufficient for a long day out in remote moorland. There will be water available at most checkpoints should you run out. We are more than happy to top up your water bottles but will not be supplying cups in an attempt to make the event more environmentally friendly.

Before and after the walk 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.


Walk briefing on the start line: 07:20. All entrants to be present

At registration you will be given a “tally”, which is a piece of waterproof paper you must attach to your rucksack. Walkers must stop, have their tallies punched and have their number recorded by the marshals at each check point. As part of our duty of care these tally numbers are radioed back to the centre to record your progress. Your tally must also be submitted to the registration desk upon your return. This is how we know you are safe and accounted for. Exmoor Search and Rescue will be present at various locations should they be required.

There are 6 checkpoints in total. 3 on the first half, 1 at half way and 2 on the second half. 

Dogs are allowed but at owners own risk. Due to some of the route covering both private land and commonly grazed land it is imperative that your dog is kept on a lead through these sections. Please take weather conditions into account if bringing your dog, at this time of year it can be incredibly hot and if we do not believe that your dog is able to continue then you will not be able to continue either. We cannot provide a dog sitting service.

Provided by St Johns Ambulance with support from the Channel Events team.

This event is a test of your navigation and long distance walking abilities. The route is not way-marked. You must be able to route find independently and used to walking long distances. Entrants should be proficient with the use of a map and compass and be able to follow a route description. If you’re new to navigation or in need of a refresher, then Channel Training can help with their Mountain Training Hill Skills Course – all entrants to the perambulation recieve 10% off the hill skills courses. (Simply email us to recieve your code)

We recommend you use the Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25000 map sheet: Exmoor OL9. Clothing – We advise that long trousers are worn to prevent rashes from plants such as Gorse and Heather but this is up to you to decide.

  • – First aid kit
  • – Food and drink
  • – Compass
  • – Ordnance Survey map of the area, 1:25,000         Exmoor Explorer map sheet OL9
  • – A whistle
  • – A mobile phone for emergency contact
  • – Food, including emergency food
  • – Warm clothing, including a wooly hat and gloves
  • – Survival bag/blanket able to enclose the body
  • – Torch with efficient bulb and batteries
  • – Waterproof jacket and trousers


On arrival at our halfway checkpoint (4) you will be greeted with a smile and a nice brew courtesy of our friends at Miles Tea.  In order to continue on to the full route you must be leaving this stop by 14:00. If you’re finishing here transport is available back to the event base.


From Checkpoint 4 you can access our free shuttle bus back to the event base and car park. This is a free service as part of your entry and is provided by Exmoor Community Bus.


There will be toilets available at the centre and at the halfway checkpoint at Picked Stones (CP4).


Over the past few years we have had fantastic warm weather, which can pose just as many problems as the bad weather. Whatever the weather conditions, please make sure you are appropriately equipped to deal with a long day, in a remote environment. The event will run in conditions deemed safe by the event organisers. Should the conditions not be appropriate the events team will contact you no fewer than 12 hours prior to the event registration. See terms and conditions for our cancellation policy.


We will have professional photographer Liam Mercer on site so smile of you spot him. All his images will be available to buy, from his website, after the event.


Please make sure you visit the registration desk at the end of the walk to submit your tally and collect your certificate of Completion and souvenir mug. Those opting to finish at the half way point must return to the registration desk at Pinkery to submit their tally card. This is a requirement as part of our duty of care. 


Not only do you get to challenge yourself in this truly stunning environment, you get to share your experience with others while Channel Events takes care of the safety of your day (and provide a brew). Included in your entry is a Certificate of Achievement, Souvenir Mug, friendly marshals, locally blended tea and roasted coffee from Miles, checkpoints with water stations, transport back to the centre and a fabulous day.


Why not commemorate your event with a 2018 t-shirt or a Channel Events Hoody.  Order at point of entry and collect on the event day from our merchandise tent.


Images supplied for this gallery are courtesy of Mark Asher, Liam Mercer Photography & the Channel Team


Man vs Moor is approximately 10 kilometres of wild trail running featuring natural obstacles. 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 in Pinkery Pond and going underground in this truly awesome event. 

Getting to the finish line will tough but well earned and you’ll leave with a massive sense of achievement. You’ve taken on the moor and defeated it! 

New for 2018!
The Triple is for those who think they’ve got the legs to conquer the Mendips, Exmoor and the Quantocks all in one year. The Triple is entry to all three of our 2018 mountain biking events and all the glory that goes with completing. Can you take on the Mendip Murmuration in June, the Exmoor Explorer in August and finish with the Quantock Quake in September?

Ticket sales for The Triple are limited. By committing to The Triple you ensure entry into all 3 events.

New Event Coming Soon!

The Mendip Murmuration is a gathering of like minded individuals coming together with a common purpose. Riding your bike through some of Somerset’s stunning landscapes. Cruising and carving over and around the Cheddar area will make for an amazing 20 or 30 mile route that will leave you wanting more.

The Exmoor Explorer is a non-competitive mountain biking event of 20 or 40 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 19 years ago and we are immensely proud to now run it.

The Quantock Quake is a non-competitive mountain biking event of 20 or 35 miles, held in the Beautiful Quantock Hills AONB, Somerset, South West England. Open moorland, woodland trails, natural single track and secluded Combes, the Quake has it all.

Whether you choose the 20 or 35 mile route you will be able to 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 team.


Can I borrow equipment?

No. We ask that all entrants are fully equipped and understand how to use their equipment prior to taking part in the event.

Can I wear my shorts?

Of course. We advise that long trousers are worn to prevent rashes from plants such as Gorse and Heather but this is up to you to decide.

Is it possible to get lost?

Yes. This event is not way-marked. Entrants should be proficient with the use of a map and compass and be able to follow a route description. Contact us if you’re at all concerned about the navigation skills required. A full route description and GPX files for GPS devices can be found on the downloads page. We reccommened you use the Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25000 map sheet: Exmoor OL9

What if I run out of time?

The event is 31 miles but spilt into two halves. There are 7 checkpoints in total. 4 on the first half, one at half way and 2 on the second half.

Entrants not reaching half way (check point 5) by 2pm will be stopped and transported back to the event base. At all other checkpoints the event organisers reserve the right to determine whether there is time for you to continue.  Please note, should the event oranisers decide you are unable to continue then your tally will be removed. If you choose to continue then you are doing so at your own risk and will no longer be under the supervison and insurance of the event.


Can I fill up my water at every checkpoint?

There will be water available at most checkpoints but we ask that you come with the aim of being self-sufficient for the day. Some of the check points are remote and it’s difficult to get water there. All participants must carry a water bottle. We will no longer be suppliying throw away cups at checkpoints. If each entrant used a cup at each checkpoint we would be throwing over 1000 plastic cups into landfill in one day!

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