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Coastal runners near Bolberry Down, Devon
Coastal runners near Bolberry Down, Devon | © Steven Hayward/National Trust

East Soar Ranger Run

This circular trail run dips and climbs along rugged cliffs where 'Dartmoor meets the sea'. A wild, partially tamed landscape with views of the Atlantic ocean, sandy beaches and farm land. Overhead raptors fly, and long-horned Highland cattle peacefully munch on the rich grassland.

Ranger Run Series

This route has been created in collaboration with expert trail runners and adventurers Jen and Sim Benson, as part of our Ranger Run Series.

Total steps: 13

Total steps: 13

Start point

East Soar car park, TQ7 3DR, SX712375

Step 1

Turn right out of the car park and along the road.

Step 2

Follow this quiet lane for a few hundred metres to the junction. Turn right at the T-junction, run for 100m then turn left and climb up steps onto footpath.

Step 3

Follow the footpath across two fields, over a stone stile past the National Trust office at Southdown Farm, then left-right dog-leg by the farm road to find the public footpath and continue along the field to the green lane.

Step 4

Turn left on Jacobs lane (green lane) and follow this to the end and the road.

Step 5

Turn right on the quiet road down the hill to the T-junction.

Step 6

Turn left on road then run for 75m and take the next right at the road junction.

Step 7

Follow the quiet road for 300m and turn left on to a green lane then turn left on to a footpath then turn right before Higher Barton farm, and continue up the hill.

Step 8

At the top of the hill turn left on the path and follow the path across the fields and then down through Hope Cove village till you hit the South West Coast Path by the sea.

Coastline at East Soar, Devon
Coastline at East Soar, Devon | © National Trust/Pat Kinsella

Step 9

Turn left and follow the South West Coast Path past the RNLI lifeboat station and beach. Start the climb up to Bolt Tail and onto the amazing coastal route. As you climb up from Hope Cove you will pass through the remains of an Iron Age hillfort before following the hill to the top. At the top, remember to stop at the gate and turn around to appreciate the amazing views over to Burgh Island, the Eddystone Lighthouse (18m offshore) and on clear days out to the Lizard.

Step 10

Follow the South West Coast Path which will always be the path closest to the sea (to avoid taking a wrong turn) and appreciate the views. Halfway along the coast path you will start to drop down into Soar Mill Cove with great views and the chance to have a dip in the sea to refresh the legs for the climbs to come. A little further on the interestingly named Starehole Bottom nestles below rocky crags with many ancient hut circles and structures hidden among the banks and plants.

Step 11

After approximately 10km pop out on the road below Overbeck's Garden. Turn left and climb the hill past the car park and the entrance, and take the footpath marked Sharpitor that runs alongside the wall of the garden.

Step 12

Continue straight on the track over the field gate and stile. Don't turn left on the footpath.

Step 13

Follow this path across the fields arriving back to the car park to finish.

End point

East Soar car park, TQ7 3DR, SX712375

Trail map

Map of the East Soar Ranger run trail route, in South Devon
Map of the East Soar Ranger Run trail in Devon | © Crown Copyright and database rights 2018 Ordnance Survey

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