Saturday 22nd June 2024
Long Distance Walk (15 or 30 miles), 15 Mile Trail Run or Ultra Marathon, the choice is yours!
The Perambulation is Exmoor National Park’s iconic traditional self-navigated circular long distance walking event dating back over 725 years and we also offer up entries to runners.
Are you ready for the Exmoor Perambulation?
This year’s 30 mile “relaxed journey on foot for exercise or pleasure” (as the dictionary defines it!) around the original boundary of the Royal Forest of Exmoor will take place on Saturday 22nd June 2024. You’ll be participating in an 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 and now for all you ultra marathon addicts you can join in the fun too. During the 30 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 – detailed instructions, maps and GPX files are available from our downloads page to help you navigate the sections which do not follow public rights of way and the route in it’s entirety. You’ll get a great feeling about taking part in this as you will also be participating in the continuation of Exmoor’s rich history.
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 22nd June 2024
Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath, Somerset, TA24 7LL
OS Grid Reference: SS 723 405
What 3 Words: manages.soak.clumped
- 30 mile walk register and go: 06:00 – 07:00
- 15 mile walk register and go: 07:00 – 08:00
- 30 & 15 mile run registration: 08:15 – 08:45
- 30 & 15 mile run start: 09:00
- Second half cut off time (CP5b) is 13:00 for walkers and runners
You can choose between the 15 mile and 30 mile route options on the day. All entrants head out on the first 15 miles. If you want to complete the full route of 30 miles, you will need to be leaving Checkpoint 5b by the cut-off time of 13:00.
£27.50 per person (+ a small booking fee) – Choose your distance on the day.
This year, after listening to feedback across our events, we are giving people the option to complete the Exmoor Perambulation without receiving a medal or a certificate at the end of the event. You may however, purchase them at the additional price of £6.00 per person. As behind the scenes costs increase, this not only helps us to keep the entry price the same as the previous year but also allows us to be more environmentally sound for those who love doing the event, but didn’t want a physical momento at the end.
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.
Walks start from: 06:00. Runs start at 09:00. The 30 mile route follows the original boundary of the Royal Forest of Exmoor. You’ll walk or run 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 or running abilities. The route is not way-marked but a route map, 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 30 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.
Strictly limited to 30 beds so get in quick. Each dorm has an en-suite shower room. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and a pillow case. Dormitory beds are £10.00 per night per bed.
Camping is available in the field adjacent to the main building with access to toilets only. Camping is £7.50 per person per night. This is strictly tents ONLY. We are not allowed to take camper-vans, motorhomes or caravans onto the field. Both dorm beds and camping can be booked via our accommodation page and added to your basket so you can enter the event and pay for your accommodation in a single transaction.
Registration opens at 06:00 for 30 mile walkers, 07:00 for 15 mile walkers and 08:15 for runners. 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.
CENTRE – REFRESHMENTS
Before and after your walk or run refreshments will be available to purchase. This is not included in your entry fee.
Walk briefing is via email prior to the event.
Run briefing on the start line at 08:55. All running entrants to be present.
At registration you will be given a “runner/walkers number”, which is a piece of waterproof paper you must attach to your your person, ideally on the front so it can be seen by the checkpoint marshals. All entrants whether walking or running must stop, have their time recorded by the marshals at each check point. As part of our duty of care these times are radioed back to the centre to record your progress. The tear off strip at the bottom of your number must 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 8 checkpoints in total. 5 on the first half and 3 on the second half. The first checkpoint is a marshal station only and stopping is not required. The remaining 7 checkpoints do require you to stop and have your time recorded.
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. This goes for both walkers and runners. Please also read the updated countryside code that is linked to the pre-event emails. There are a number of changes around dogs and their control.
Provided by Qualified first aiders 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 receive 10% off the hill skills courses. (Simply email us to receive 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
HALF WAY – MILES TEA STOP
On arrival at our halfway tea stop you will be greeted with a smile and a nice brew courtesy of our friends at Miles Tea and lovely treats from Beetbox. In order to continue on to the full route you must be leaving this stop and passing through checkpoint 5b by 13:00. If you’re finishing here transport is available back to the event base.
From Checkpoint 5 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 and Exmoor National Park.
There will be toilets available at the centre and at the halfway checkpoint at Picked Stones (CP5 & 5a).
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.
Paul Rubery from Blowfish Photography will be on site so smile if you spot him. All of his images will be available online shortly after the event. High resolution versions and prints are available to buy after the event. 100% of the sales profits will go to the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team to help them keep their vital equipment and resources stocked.
Please make sure you visit the registration desk at the end of the walk/run to submit your number tear off strip. Here you’ll also collect your certificate of completion and finishers medal (if you have purchased them in advance). Those opting to finish at the half way point must return to the registration desk at Pinkery to submit their number strip. This is a requirement as part of our duty of care.
WHAT DOES MY ENTRY INCLUDE?
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 provides a brew and cake). Included in your entry are friendly marshals, locally blended tea and roasted coffee from Miles, checkpoints with water stations, transport back to the centre and a fabulous day! If you would like a physical momento of your day, then you can purchase a certificate of achievement and a finishers medal when booking your entry.
Why not commemorate your event with a 2024 t-shirt or hoody. Order 2 weeks prior to the event and collect on event day from our merchandise tent.
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 tics and 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 recommend you use the Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25000 map sheet: Exmoor OL9
What if I run out of time?
The event is 30 miles but spilt into two halves. There are 8 checkpoints in total. 5 on the first half, one at half way and 3 on the second half.
Entrants not reaching half way (check point 5b) by 13:00 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 organisers 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 supervision and insurance of the event.
Am I allowed to run the route?
Yes, we are also running an ultra marathon alongside the traditional walking event. If you wish to run the route please book the runners ticket as your start time is set later at 09:00 with registration at 08:15 onwards.
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!