Exmoor, with its beautiful landscape of moorland, woodland, coast and rivers, has always been a thrilling destination for action packed adventure. Making full use of Exmoor’s natural surroundings this autumn are a number of high adrenaline events including Tri the Beast, Tri the Goat, Red Bull’s Steeplechase and the National Trust’s new South West Outdoor Festival.
Inspired by the wild goats who clamber the dramatic Valley of Rocks near Lynmouth, the Tri the Beast triathlon on September 4th, aims to both challenge and excite with breath taking scenery and climbs on both bike and foot as well as a wild swim along the North Devon coast. The 112.5k course is a challenge and not for the feint hearted, however a shorter, 65k Tri the Goat course is being held and for the first time the following day on September 3rd. There is also a bike and run duathlon aimed at children over the weekend. For more information, visit the Exmoor Tourism website, http://www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/point-of-interest/the-beast-triathlon
On October 9th, for the first time, the Red Bull Steeplechase is heading to the stunning coastline of the Exmoor National Park. Red Bull Steeplechase is a unique knockout format with competitors split into male and female categories and racing a gruelling 23 miles. There are four steeples to reach and at each of the first three steeples the slowest section of the field will be eliminated. Most long distance running events are a battle against the clock, with Red Bull Steeplechase you are racing head to head against the other competitors from steeple to steeple in an effort not to be eliminated and to try and reach the final steeple. Only 20 runners in each category will reach the final steeple in the beautiful village of Lynmouth. For more information, visit http://www.redbull.com/uk/en/adventure/events/1331798764800/steeplechase
Over the weekend of September 23rd to 25th, Exmoor is hosting a new festival, the South West Outdoor Festival – with hiking, biking, trail running, openwater swimming, camping, star gazing and wild food foraging. The National Trust is staging the festival in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor, Panasonic, Exmoor National Park and the event includes local outdoor experts including Monty Halls, Anna McNuff and Jen & Sim Benson.
Over the course of the weekend, a series of timed and competitive adventure events will be taking place – including trail running races, cycling and multisport challenges – festival-goers can pit themselves against Exmoor’s elements or take on friends. These events are open to weekend campers and day visitors alike, and the routes will explore some of the best terrain in the South West. For more information on the South West Outdoor Festival visit, https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionsouthwest/south-west-outdoor-festival
Exmoor is an activity-packed place with options including outstanding walking and riding, and everything else from mountain biking to golf, wildlife safaris to windsurfing.