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North Devon Trail Running

A trail running holiday from Minehead to Westward Ho! along the South West Coast Path.

4 to 8 nights
87 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £420 per person

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About this route

The first leg of the South West Coast Path charges along the coastline of North Devon, a trail running holiday through dramatic landscapes lashed by the sea. Demanding climbs and descents are a staple on the first half of the route out of Minehead, swooping along the highest coastline in England. But the route softens as your holiday progresses. Enjoy a peaceful jog through oak woodland and sweeping sandy beaches on your way to the route’s end in Westward Ho!

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© Contours Walking Holidays North Devon Trail Running map
Minehead to Westward Ho!
87 miles (139 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Scaling the highest coastline in England, with spectacular views at Foreland Point and Great Hangman.

Spying wild ponies out across the purple moors of Exmoor and a wealth of birdlife in North Devon's Biosphere Reserve.

Taking in the sandstone pinnacles at the Valley of Rocks and the dramatic gorge at Heddon Mouth.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-NDEV1 From Minehead to Westward Ho! 4 nights, 3 days running Demanding£420
R-NDEV2 From Minehead to Westward Ho! 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate / Demanding£495
R-NDEV3 From Minehead to Westward Ho! 6 nights, 5 days running Moderate£555
R-NDEV4 From Minehead to Westward Ho! 8 nights, 7 days running Easy / Moderate£740

North Devon Trail Run 4 nights, 3 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Minehead where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Minehead to Heddon's Mouth. 28 miles (45km) / 5771 ft (1759 m) ascent

Day 2

Heddon's Mouth to Croyde. 26 miles (41.5km) / 5039 ft (1536 m) ascent

Day 3

Croyde to Westward Ho!. 33 miles (53km) / 1263 ft (385 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Westward Ho! after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£33.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Heddon's Mouth)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the towns and villages along the trail or to relax and give those weary legs a rest.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Heddon's Mouth)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 87 miles (139 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 26 miles (41.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 33 miles (53 km)
Code: R-NDEV1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Minehead
End of holiday: Westward Ho!

Route Profile

North Devon Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter, Bristol and Newquay.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Minehead) is at Taunton (about 24.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Westward Ho!) is at Barnstaple (about 10 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Minehead and from Westward Ho!.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Taunton. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Minehead.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus/taxi to Barnstaple rail station. From there trains run to Taunton, where a bus/taxi will be required to Minehead.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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