|Exmoor Horner Water 11 Sunday 14th April 2013
The event starts at Horner Water (SS89803 45453 -198ft) where there is a car park (£2 for 2 Hours or more). Parking is a bit restricted so please come in as few cars as possible. There are public toilets but no other facilities.
The start time is 10:30 am.
The route starts on a wide track that runs alongside beautiful Horner Water with its ancient woodland. The track is pretty good underfoot for about 2 miles but then narrows and becomes more challenging being rough and slippery in parts.
At Poole Bridge (SS87520 44736 – 754ft) a road is crossed then through a camp site and through the river. Run along the left bank, dipping into it again, past a bridge (SS 86703 44841 – 821ft) before bearing left and rising sharply to a wide track. This continues steeply up before flattening and reaching a road (SS87030 44051 – 1159ft). It is now open moor land. Turn right and continue along the road for almost a mile (SS86495 42653 – 1271ft) where the route turns left into the moor. It can be very boggy here!! A steady climb brings the route to Lang Combe Head (SS87065 41883 – 1545ft) about half way and the highest point of the run. Carefully turn left onto the road and run steeply down for about ¾ miles to the water station (SS87880 42693 – 1217ft) and turn right onto Dicky’s Path, a wide undulating track that turns into a footpath after about half a mile and continues for about another mile. The route then turns downhill (SS89583 42583 – 1127ft) and is good underfoot but turns steep and rocky as it drops down to East Water. Great care must be exercised here!!
A bridge crosses East Water onto a road (SS89318 43020 – 747ft) where the route turns right for some 400 yds before turning left up a steady climb (SS89578 43078 – 721ft). This track is rocky at first but then becomes flat and grassy before it drops down as a rutted narrow path with tree roots in evidence. Care is needed!! A quick left and right and the route is on a flat ridge (SS89828 43713 – 636ft) for a 100 yards or so which then drops down a seriously narrow, steep, slippery gully strewn with tree roots. This is the most challenging part of the route and exceptional care is needed. At the bottom of this challenging drop a bridge is reached that takes the route back over Horner Water (SS89673 44090 – 309ft) where it turns right and runs all the way back to the finish.
Refreshments will be available at the finish
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