About the Weekend
Welcome to Exmoor Trail Running Weekend
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Exmoor National Park with our trail running weekend based in the charming coastal resort of Lynton & Lynmouth in North Devon. The Lynhurst, a magnificent Victorian property surrounded by lush gardens and natural woodlands, will be your home away from home, offering sweeping sea views from most rooms.
Your Trail Running Experience
Our weekend is designed for trail running enthusiasts who value camaraderie over competition. We'll embark on three social-paced runs, emphasising fun and friendship. Expect occasional stops for photos, regrouping, and savouring the awe-inspiring views.
Challenging Yet Rewarding Trails
Exmoor's rugged terrain offers both challenges and rewards. To fully enjoy the experience, you should have good fitness and be comfortable on trails. Our experienced She Runs Outdoors team will accompany you, providing route guidance and first aid support if necessary.
A Weekend to Remember
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Exmoor National Park. Connect with like-minded women, explore stunning landscapes, and create lasting memories. Join us for a weekend that promises adventure, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments.
Don't miss your chance to be part of this Exmoor trail running escape.
Book your spot now and embark on a weekend celebrating the joy of running, friendship, and the great outdoors.
Your Run Leader
You'll be under the skilled guidance of Rachel Murphy throughout your runs. With a wealth of experience in trail running and a certification as a trail and ultra-running coach, Rachel stands as a well known figure in the field. As a Salomon Running Ambassador, she brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the trails.
Throughout the weekend, Rachel and her dedicated team will be by your side, leading you along the routes. They'll not only be your guides but also your gracious hosts, ensuring that every moment is etched into your memory as an unforgettable experience.
Settle into your room, meet other guests
Short shake-out run
Evening meal back at the house
Time to chill and relax after your journey
Advice from Rachel on how to plan your own adventures and running routes.
Short Shake-out Run
Our first run will be a delightful adventure, taking you to the majestic Hollerday Hill, which rises around 240 meters from the enchanting Lynmouth Bay. This short 3-mile run is the perfect way to kick off our weekend, allowing us to stretch our legs, get to know each other and immerse ourselves in the stunning landscapes that will be our playground for the next few days.
As we ascend, we'll be rewarded with the most spectacular panoramic sea views. You'll glimpse the Valley of Rocks, a rugged and dramatic natural wonder. Beyond, the vista reveals a world of possibilities for our upcoming adventures.
Hollerday Hill stands overlooking Lynton, providing a breathtaking backdrop to our journey. Its historical significance is equally captivating, with the remains of an ancient Iron Age hillfort and the site of the historic Hollerday House, an impressive mansion that once graced its summit, awaiting our exploration. Constructed in the 1890s by the philanthropic Sir George Newnes. Sir George passed away in 1910 within its grandeur. Just three years later, the mansion fell victim to a devastating fire, reducing it to ruins. During the Second World War, the army finally cleared what remained of this stately home. Glimpses of its once-prominent presence in Lynton can still be spotted during our initial weekend run.
Self-serve Breakfast provided
9 am 14 mile run
Refuel with a Buffet-style lunch: a selection of savoury food and salads.
Afternoon free time
late afternoon/early evening yoga to stretch and unwind after your long run, preparing you for tomorrow's adventure with Esther from Today is Awesome. Learn more about the yoga and Esther below.
Homemade dinner is provided at the house to eat together.
Coastal and River Adventure Run
Our second exhilarating run of the Trail Weekend, a challenging journey that covers just over 14 miles with an elevation gain of around 1100 meters. This run promises to be a true test of your trail-running skills and an unforgettable adventure.
We'll kick off this adventure from the house, heading downhill into town before making our way onto the renowned South West Coast Path. Along the way, we'll be treated to jaw-dropping views of Lynmouth Bay as we traverse the rugged coastline towards Butter Hill. The journey continues to the iconic Foreland Point and the striking Goat Rock. Be prepared for some awe-inspiring vistas of the coastline and the shimmering Bristol Channel.
After this coastal section, our route meanders through enchanting woodlands as we follow the path along the Bristol Channel. The change in scenery will be a refreshing contrast as we immerse ourselves in the tranquillity of the forest.
Upon reaching County Gate, we'll transition to The Coleridge Way, a trail that will take us alongside the breathtaking East Lyn River. The dramatic river gorge and ancient woodlands provide a stunning backdrop to our run, and you might even catch glimpses of local wildlife.
We'll have the opportunity to stop at the Watersmeet tearoom for a well-deserved break. You can refuel with snacks or indulge in refreshing ice cream here.
The crystal-clear waters of the river will also tempt you with opportunities for a wild swim or a paddle under the lush canopy of trees, providing a revitalising experience like no other. An advantage of this route lies in its versatility. Those who prefer a leisurely end to the run can indulge in an extended swim or cream tea before casually finding their way back by following the riverbank to return to town and ascending the hill to reach the house.
As we begin our return journey, don't forget to savour the surroundings and the sense of accomplishment of completing this challenging run.
Self-serve Breakfast provided
9 am 12-mile run (see below for shorter option) finishing in Lynton, giving you free time to explore and find somewhere nice for lunch or go to the beach.
Homemade dinner is provided at the house to eat together.
Drinks at the local pub or the house (not included), a chance to get all your trail-running questions answered by coach Rachel and celebrate running with new friends.
Finale Run - Exploring the Varied Exmoor Landscape
Our final run is a captivating 12-mile adventure heading westward. This run promises to be a fitting grand finale, taking us through a diverse and captivating landscape that Exmoor is renowned for.
Our journey begins from our house at Lynton and continues towards the awe-inspiring Valley of the Rocks. This dramatic section of coastline, nestled on the northern edge of Exmoor, is a testament to nature's grandeur. Exmoor's varied and exciting landscapes will again be on full display as we explore this remarkable spot.
As we run, you'll inhale the refreshing salty sea air while being treated to spectacular views of the expansive seascape that stretches out before you. The rugged coastline will unfold, providing a breathtaking and inspiring backdrop.
Our route will lead us through a charming woodland area, adding a touch of tranquillity to our adventure. We'll then spend some time on the Tarka Trail, a delightful trail network that takes us to Lee Bay and Woody Bay, offering a chance to immerse ourselves in their beauty. Our journey will extend as far as Highveer Point, where you can relish the sense of accomplishment before we return to Lynton via the Coast Path.
We offer two alternatives for those who prefer a shorter route or a more leisurely pace. Both options commence with a 3-mile run alongside the group before branching off and rejoining the coastal path approximately 1 mile later, leading you to the picturesque Lee Bay with its charming café and beautiful beach. While you unwind and savour the scenery, our group will press on with the run, and you can rejoin us on our return.
Alternatively, if you wish to venture independently, the South West Coast Path is well-marked and easy to follow once you depart from the group. This allows you to self-navigate back to either Lynton or Lynmouth. These options will provide you with a total run of approximately 6 miles.
Self-serve breakfast provided
Check out 10am
Say your goodbyes to your new friends
Our Monday checkout not only gives us a full day of adventure and fun on Sunday but also gives you a chance to take things leisurely or go for one last self-navigated exploration before your drive home.
Accommodation The Lynhurst
Discover the extraordinary charm of The Lynhurst, an expansive Victorian residence nestled amidst extensive gardens and woodlands in Exmoor, North Devon. This distinguished abode provides an idyllic retreat for our trail running group.
Immerse yourself in this remarkable home's spacious and inviting interiors, where relaxation comes effortlessly. With seamless access to the trails steps away, The Lynhurst is the perfect launchpad for our outdoor adventures.
Bask in the breathtaking panoramic views that stretch across the picturesque Exmoor National Park and the mesmerising Devon coastline. The scenery from The Lynhurst is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
A stroll takes us to the quaint towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, where we'll find an array of beauty spots, inviting cafes, delectable restaurants, cosy pubs, and charming shops. The Lynhurst's location ensures that both natural wonders and modern conveniences are within easy reach.
On the ground floor, there is a large, modern, well equipped kitchen with a large dining room with plenty of room for our group to eat together.
On the first floor, there are two spacious lounges with balconies and magnificent views of the sea, gardens and woodland valleys. The lounges have TVs, an Xbox / DVD player, games/puzzles, open fires, and one has a baby grand piano.
The secluded gardens and terraces provide a wonderful opportunity to relax and admire the incredible views of Exmoor and the sea. There are several different seating areas, to give you a bit of peace and quiet when you fancy it!
The house has ten bedrooms with either sea or garden views, and a number have private balconies.
Close to the trails
Beautiful gardens and grounds
spacious and comfortable bedrooms
Magnificent views from most rooms
Fully appointed modern kitchen facilities and a large dining room
Two large lounges with open fires and a baby grand piano
High-speed Internet and WiFi
Single Ensuite £565 pp (Deposit £185)
Shared Twin Ensuite £515 pp (Deposit £169)
Shared Twin with Ensuite Shower room but shared WC down the hall £495 pp (Deposit £160)
Tripple shared bedroom, which shares a shower/WC with another room £450 pp (Deposit £149)
Your Balance will be due nine weeks before your stay.
3 nights accommodation at The Lynhurst
Guided trail runs by a fully qualified running coach and support runner
Coaching advice and guidance throughout the weekend
Free digital photos after the weekend
All meals apart from Lunch in Lynton on Sunday
Additional drinks and snacks
Lunch in Lynton on Sunday
Transport to and from Exmoor
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Please note it is not possible to drive down the Lynway. Instead, you should use the following Google pin. to take you to the car park.
Due to the location of the property, there is no parking on-site at The Lynhurst. However, ample parking is available in a public car park, which is approximately 100m from the property, accessed via a private path.
7-day and 4-day passes for the car park can be pre-arranged (£20 or £13 respectively).
As with all of our Trail Escapes, we will set up a private Facebook group just for guests. We encourage you to use this as an opportunity to car share or share taxis if coming via public transport, should you wish.
The nearest railway station is Barnstaple, about 40 minutes from Lynton. Alternatively, Tiverton Parkway (mainline station to London, less than 2 hours direct, and the North) is approximately one hour away.
Riverside Taxis Tel: 01598 753442
Lyn Valley Taxi Tel: 07907 161666