East Soar, Devon

Trail Running (UK) - - Routes - ■ Richard Snow, Na­tional Trust Coun­try­side Man­ager www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/east-soar-ranger-run

T his cir­cu­lar route from Bolt Head takes you through pre­his­toric land­scapes of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wood­land with rap­tors fly­ing over­head and longhorned high­land cat­tle. The route is a stun­ning mix of coastal climbs and de­scents with high, flat sec­tions to get your breath back and ap­pre­ci­ate the views across the sea: on clear days you can see sub­merged ship­wrecks and as far away as the Lizard. It’s 97% off road on well-marked trails and the South West Coast Path. En­joy the de­scent into Soar Mill cove where a quick dip in the sea can re­fresh the legs for the fi­nal push and the climb out of Stare­hole Bot­tom un­der tow­er­ing Devo­nian rocks.

Ex­plore the clifftop trails of the South Devon coast

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