Saturday 16th June 2018

Exmoor Perambulation  Saturday 16th June 2018

The Exmoor Perambulation is a traditional circular long distance walking event dating back over 725 years.

This is one of the most challenging walks in the Exmoor annual calendar. During the 31 miles of cross country walking you will be taking in breathtaking views and accessing parts of the National Park not normally open to the public. You will also be participating in Exmoor’s rich history! 

The perambulation is very challenging so training is highly recommended for the event, but it’s well worth it as you’re immersed in the natural environment, heritage and spectacular scenery of Exmoor National Park. 

It’s a huge achievement to complete the Perambulation but if it sounds too much don’t worry, there is also a half distance option. It starts at the same time and place as the main event but ends at Check Point 5 (Picked Stones Lane) where you can enjoy refreshments while waiting for our free mini bus service to take you to the event base at the Pinkery Centre. 

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

This year we are pleased to welcome local outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, Taunton Leisure to be an event partner. Taunton Leisure have been retailing high quality outdoor brands since 1977. That’s 40 years of experience to pass on to you the customer when you walk though the doors of one of their stores.
This brilliant partnership brings you the participant a finishers goody bag with some great goodies for the outdoor enthusiast plus an amazing opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of three gift cards. By handing in your checkpoint tally card to the registration desk upon completion of your chosen distance you will be in with a chance to win either £100, £50 or £25 to spend in store or online at Taunton Leisure

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Everything you need to know…

This year’s Exmoor Perambulation is being held on Saturday 16th June. You can choose between the 15 mile and 31 mile route options. This can be decided on the day depending on how you are feeling and provided you make the 2pm cut off time at Checkpoint 5. We also have 44 beds available on a first come first served basis in mixed dormitories if you wish to stay on the Friday or Saturday. 

The Event Village, Parking and Start/Finish line will be based at the Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath, Somerset, TA24 7LL

TIMINGS

  • Registration opens: 06:15
  • Walk briefing on the start line: 07:20
  • Walk Starts: 07:30
  • Full Distance cut off time: 14.00

PARKING

This will be the same as last year. As you drive into Pinkery follow the access road until you reach the centre. Follow the access road around to the right of the building and park in the field ahead. Please follow instructions from the marshals from here on. Parking is in a field so we advise that you park your cars facing down hill should the ground become difficult. Please DO NOT park at Picked Stones Lane (half way). We have been asked by Exmoor National Park and Somerset Highways not to obstruct access. Inprevious yeras poorly parked cars have caused access issues.

REGISTRATION

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.

You will then be given your registration “tally” this is a piece of waterproof paper you must attach to your  rucksack. Walkers must stop and give their number to the marshals at the check points. Tallies will be punched at end of the walk, and at every check point. Your tally must also be submitted to the registration desk upon your return.

ENTRY FEES

Over 18’s: £25.00 – Choose your distance on the day

Under 18’s £17.50 – Choose your distance on the day.

Accommodation:  

Dormitory Beds £18.50 – per bed per night in mixed dorms. 44 available for the night before the event, bookable at point of registration. 

Camping £5 – per person per night.

THE ROUTE

The 31 mile route follows the original boundary of Royal Hunting Forest of Exmoor. The forest was created and retained by the Crown during the medieval period. 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. Please note that we advise you do not use your mobile phone as a GPS device to save battery should you need it in an emergency.  

A copy of the route description and the GPX files can be downloded from the downloads page or by clicking here.

DRINKS & TOILETS

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.

FIRST AID

Provided by St Johns Ambulance with support from Channel Adventure and the events team. We also advise that you carry your own personal first aid kit.

ACCOMMODATION

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 with the Channel Events team and join in with the pre-event BBQ. 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.
Camping is available in the field adjacent to the main building with access to toilets.
It’s an early start on the saturday so make the most of those extra hours in bed!

WHEN YOU FINISH

Please make sure you visit the registration desk at the end of the walk to submit your tally and collect your certificate of achievement and goody bag. 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. If you wish to drop out at any point you must please inform the nearest checkpoint of your intentions and return to the event registration. 

LASTLY, PLEASE REMEMBER…

You have entered a non-competitive off road long-distance walking event. This is NOT A RACE and NOT a running event. Courtesy for other walkers 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 – you’ll need to remember your tally number.

Entry requirements and information

PLEASE READ EVERYTHING!

NB THE PERSONAL DETAILS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED BY EVERY PARTICIPANT AND HANDED IN DURING REGISTRATION ON THE DAY.

Personal Details Form Download

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  • This is not a race. It is a challenging long-distance walk across difficult terrain and tracks through the stunning Exmoor National Park.
  • All walkers 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 walkers are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate equipment to deal with the weather conditions on the day.
  • Food and fluids to sustain each walker for the full day must be carried. We suggest you carry a rucksack.

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.
  • Food and drink as required (nb water is available at most checkpoints)
  • Compass
  • Ordnance Survey map of the area, 1:25,000 Exmoor Explorer map sheet OL9
  • A whistle
  • A mobile phone to contact the event organiser in case of emergency.

(If walkers 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 walk and may mean it’s necessary to carry additional items:

For example:

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

The organisers will disqualify any walker 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 walkers 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 walker in a non-emergency situation wish to retire and use their mobile phone to arrange a pick-up then either control or the marshal at the nearest check point must be informed of the retirement. Call the event emergency/retirement number: 07968 886438 – please add to your contacts. You can also call the landline number at the Pinkery Centre to summon help: 01643 831437

Please check the website, Facebook or Twitter for any last minute changes to the event, particularly in the run-up to the event. Links to these can be found at the left of this screen.

DISCLAIMER

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

Whilst the organisers will do everything possible to safeguard walkers, 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. We suggest you take out your own insurance to cover this.

Participating in hill-walking 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 equipment and their ability to complete their chosen distance.

CANCELLATIONS

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

PERSONAL DETAILS FORM – DOWNLOAD & FILL IT IN NOW

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.

GALLERY

Images supplied for this gallery are courtesy of Dan Brice and Mark Asher

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FAQs

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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