Guided Runs

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Wild Running guided runs involve inspiring off road running tours within Dartmoor National Park, Exmoor National Park, the South West Coast path or anywhere in the UK. We provide challenging running experiences with professional instructors and you can bag us on weekdays or weekends.

What’s included:

  • Transport from train station
  • Assistance with booking accommodation
  • Laminated 1:25:000 map for each day’s route
  • Prior consultancy to establish your level, abilities and preferences
  • Wild Running t-shirt or vest if you book for two days or more
  • Navigational tutorial including advice on GPS devices
  • Expert local knowledge by qualified guides

Product Description

Our Guided Runs involve inspiring off road running tours in all of the National Parks across the UK. Our most familiar stomping ground is within Dartmoor National Park, Exmoor National Park and the South West Coast path but we can fix you up with a first class guide in any of the National Parks, as we pride ourselves on using the best guides on the circuit. You can bag us for weekdays or weekends as long as we have availability.

Once you have booked, we will ask you about your level of ability, running experience, goals or preferences and we will plan the routes for you, while offering you expert local knowledge and logistics. We can also arrange transfers from the train station or book your accommodation upon request.

NB: If you want to arrange a one day booking, you can do so by contacting us at info@wildrunning.co.uk

What’s included:

  • Transport from train station
  • Two days (or more) guided runs in Dartmoor National Park, the South West Coastpath or Exmoor (or elsewhere in the UK upon request with a minimum of four week’s warning)
  • Assistance with booking accommodation in Dartmoor National Park, Exmoor and Devon.
  • Laminated 1:25:000 map for each day’s route
  • Prior consultancy to establish your level, abilities and preferences
  • Wild Running t-shirt or vest if you book for two days or more
  • Navigational tutorial, including advice on GPS devices
  • Expert local knowledge by qualified guides all mountain leader qualified or expert fell runners.

Itinerary Pure Granite Feb 20/21, 2016

Arrive late on Friday: I will send you directions to find Stippadon Cottage, which is about a mile outside the village of South Brent, TQ10 9DX, near the A38 Plymouth to Exeter.

Saturday:
Self service breakfast, including yoghurts, croissants and cereal, will be left for you, as well as clean towels and bed linen. I will come to meet you after breakfast at 9.30am and we can either drive in convoy to Dartmoor or if you prefer, I can take you both ways to save you on petrol. Just let me know on the day if you like. It depends how much flexibility you want.
10.30am: 13 mile run from Bonehill Rocks to Widecombe, taking in some of Dartmoor’s most iconic locations, Hay tor, Hound tor, Grimspound and following the Hameldown Ridge back to Widecombe.

12.30 to 1pm: The option of lunch or refreshments at the Rugglestone Inn (they do very good lunches here!).
You are free to do as you please for the rest of the day but I can recommend booking a table at Riverford Field Kitchen Restaurant. It’s renowned for its generous three course meals and organic veg, which I can vouch for. They do set time sittings, which I think is at 7pm.
Sunday:
9.30am: I will meet you at Stippadon and we can drive in convoy. Depending on how you are feeling we can aim for a 13 mile run from Scorriton to River Dart Country Park. We will do a car drop beforehand, as the two locations are about two to three miles apart.

If you like, we can have a drink/coffee/lunch at the café at River Dart Country Park afterwards.
I can suggest other things for you to do over the weekend if you like. As it is a bespoke weekend, it is up to you when you want to check out. No pressure. Enjoy the house, which is right on the southern fringe of the national park.
We can also practice some navigation on route if you like. If you are new to navigation, I suggest taking 45 minutes for some orientation where we go through some ABCs before we leave.

Recommend kit list:

*Bring suitably grippy off road shoes (they don’t have to be fell shoes).

*A rain/wind proof top and a small back pack (no bigger than 25 litres).

*Also bring leggings/water proof bottoms if you want to, although this is optional.

*Your own preference of snack and some water (I will bring spare water and nutritious energy snacks, as well as energy gels and electrolytes although everyone has their own preferences).

*A spare change of clothing and shoes for afterwards. You should be able to have a shower at Riverside Country Park on Sunday, although they may charge you (about £1). On Saturday you could have a clean in the stream nearby but there aren’t any showers until you get back to Stippadon.

NB: If you have a compass, please do bring it. You won’t need a map as I will bring spares.

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Grading your Run: How to choose your level:
If you are considering booking a two day or one day guided running tour, or perhaps even a camp but aren’t sure about your level, this page is meant as a guide to help you.

At Wild Running,we really have had runners of all abilities, weights, backgrounds and psychological profiles; trust us! Our clients have asked for runs of between four and 40 miles.

Wild Running involves off road running on either coastpaths, uplands, fells or mountains over varied terrain, including soft turf, which can turn to knee deep mush in winter, gauze, rocky outcrops, sandy tracks and wooded paths. So it is preferable to have had some experience off road running. But this is not a firm pre requisite. We trust you to be honest with yourself. As a rule we recommend.

Green: You are capable of running at least 10k on the road at any pace. You may look at a hill and wince but you have the resolve to take it on! You might struggle to run a half marathon and your longest run in the last 6 weeks isn’t longer than 6 miles. We suggest something in the region of 6 to 8 miles on each day but not much more.

Amber: You have run the odd half marathon and possibly marathon at any pace but have not done much off road running, at least recently. You think you are capable of running 8 to 12 miles however, which is what we suggest, although we can find something longer for you as well.

Red: You may have done quite a bit of longer running, including off road half marathons, half marathons and at least one ultra. You are training specifically for something longer, or you would just like to get to know the best parts of the National Park.

On Dartmoor we offer:

Dartmoor Granite
Two days of running on Dartmoor
Dartmoor Pure Granite
Two days of running on Dartmoor with some of the more hilly aspects added in such as the more remote northern parts of Dartmoor or the 600s.

Atlantic
Two Days of running on the South West Coastpath
Surf and Turf
One Day on Dartmoor and one Day on the coast