Challenge Options

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The Full 50 km loop challenge, with 1000m of climb, starts from our basecamp beneath Dunster Castle, and heads to the coast and the official Minehead start of the famous 630 mile South West Coastal Path. The coastal path provides fantastic views across the Bristol Channel towards South Wales in the distance. The historic village of Porlock marks the half way point – then it’s through forests and in to the beautiful Exmoor National Park. Across moorland and a climb up Dunkery Beacon – Exmoor’s highest point – with amazing panoramic views, before descending towards Minehead and on back to the finish line at the Dunster Castle base-camp where a very welcome finish line celebration awaits. With weekend camping options at our basecamp, a family friendly 10K event, a bar, BBQ, music & entertainment – there’s going to be a summer festival feel on this challenge!

Full 50 km Challenge

Dunster / Minehead Loop

6 August 2022

Starting from our basecamp next to Dunster Castle it’s down to the coast and we pick up the official start of the South West Coastal path in Minehead and head west towards Porlock with fantastic views over the Bristol Channel. After a picnic lunch it’s into Exmoor National Park with amazing views and a climb up to Dunkery Beacon – the highest point on the moor – and then it’s down and back towards Minehead and to the welcome finish line back at the Dunster Castle base-camp. This is a wonderful route with 1000m of climb – and can be a part of a fantastic August weekend by the coast in the South West.

50 km & 1000 m

  • Start: Dunster / Minehead, Somerset
  • Start times: 06:45 – 07:00 for runners, 07:00 – 10:00 for joggers & runners
  • Finish: Dunster / mine head, Somerset
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 8 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 15 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 50 km – BBQ
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a full range of optional parking &  pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit – and to provide flexible options for your own planning. These include:

  • Parking at Dunster Castle & Porlock 
  • Shuttle from Taunton Station to the start
  • Bus transfers back to Taunton station post challenge

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Dunster basecamp. Friday 5 & Saturday 6 August

  • Camp overnight at our start / finish base-camp.
  • Full package or pitch only options
  • Hot showers
  • Breakfast options Sat /  Sun morning & Fri evening meal
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details

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25 km & 500m climb

  • Start: Dunster / Minehead, Somerset
  • Start times: All Starters 09:00 – 10:00am
  • Finish: Dunster / Minehead, Somerset
  • Finish times: Runners 2 – 4 hrs, joggers 4 – 5 hrs, walkers 5 – 8 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – BBQ
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a full range of optional parking &  pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit – and to provide flexible options for your own planning. These include:

  • Parking at Dunster Castle & Porlock 
  • Shuttle from Taunton Station to the start
  • Bus transfers back to Taunton station post challenge

 

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Dunster basecamp. Friday 5 & Saturday 6 August 

  • Camp overnight at our start / finish base-camp.
  • Full package or pitch only options
  • Hot showers
  • Breakfast options Sat /  Sun morning & Fri evening meal
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

25 km Loop Challenge

Dunster / Minehead Loop

6 August 2022

Starting from our basecamp which lies below the iconic Dunster Castle, it’s down to the coast and we pick up the official start of the South West Coastal path in Minehead and head west with fantastic views over the Bristol Channel. After a rest stop it’s into Exmoor National Park with amazing views, and then it’s down and back towards Minehead and to the welcome finish line back at the Dunster Castle base-camp. This is a wonderful route and can be a part of a fantastic August weekend by the coast in the South West.

1st Half 25 km Challenge

Dunster / Minehead to Porlock

6 August 2022

Starting from our basecamp next to Dunster Castle it’s down to the coast and we pick up the official start of the South West Coastal path in Minehead and head west with fantastic views over the Bristol Channel. The finish line is in the historic village of Porlock – with optional shuttles back to basecamp.

25 km & 500 m

  • Start: Dunster / Minehead, Somerset
  • Start times: 06:45 – 07:00 for runners, 07:00 – 10:00 for joggers & runners
  • Finish: Porlock, Somerset
  • Finish times: Runners 2 – 4 hrs, joggers 4 – 5 hrs, walkers 5 – 8 hrs
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Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – BBQ
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a full range of optional parking &  pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit – and to provide flexible options for your own planning. These include:

  • Parking at Dunster Castle & Porlock 
  • Shuttle from Porlock to the start
  • Bus transfers back to Dunster Castle post challenge

 

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Dunster basecamp. Friday 5 & Saturday 6 August

  • Camp overnight at our start / finish base-camp.
  • Full package or pitch only options
  • Hot showers
  • Breakfast options Sat /  Sun morning & Fri evening meal
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details

25 km & 500 m

  • Start: Porlock, Sommerset
  • Start times: Midday Sat 6 Aug 
  • Finish: Dunster / Minehead
  • Finish times: Runners 2 – 4 hrs, joggers 4 – 5 hrs, walkers 5 – 8 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – BBQ
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a full range of optional parking &  pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit – and to provide flexible options for your own planning. These include:

  • Parking at Dunster Castle & Porlock 
  • Shuttle from Dunster Castle to the start
  • Bus transfers back Porlock or to Taunton station post challenge

 

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Dunster base-camp. Friday 5 & Saturday 6 August

  • Camp overnight at our start / finish basecamp.
  • Full package or pitch only options
  • Hot showers
  • Breakfast options Sat /  Sun morning & Fri evening meal
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details

2nd Half 25 km Challenge

Porlock to Dunster / Minehead

6 August 2022

If you are looking to support someone taking on the Full Challenge you can join them on the route from midday Saturday onwards. Or take on the 25 km 2nd Half Challenge for a scenic ‘Exmoor’ adventure from Porlock. It’s into Exmoor National Park with amazing views and a climb up to Dunkery Beacon – the highest point on the moor – and then it’s down and back towards Minehead and to the welcome finish line back at the Dunster Castle basecamp.

the dunster castle 10k

Dunster loop - 10 km

6 August 2022

A fantastic 10km looped route from the basecamp that lies below Dunster Castle. The route explores stunning views of the Castle, ancient hill forts and wonderful trails through the estate woodlands & hills with magnificent views at the top. You’ll be rewarded with a medal, glass of fizz & a discounted BBQ meal to celebrate your achievements.

  • Start: Dunster (basecamp)
  • Start times: 10:00 – 10:30 Runners will set off first, then joggers & walkers
  • Finish: Dunster (basecamp)
  • Finish times: Runners 40 minutes – 1 hr,  joggers 1 – 2 hrs, walkers 2 – 3 hrs
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At your finish in Dunster Castle – toilets, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Finish – discounted BBQ, glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

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