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Route

Each of the loops have been given a name and colour to try and make it easier to follow your course both on the map and on the day.

39.0 km Loop - Harpford

30.4 km Loop - Budleigh

24.3 km Loop - Otter

15.8 km Loop - Woodbury

 

Class 1: Harpford - Vet Gate - Otter - Vet Gate - Woodbury

Class 2: Harpford - Vet Gate - Otter

Class 3 and Class 4: Harpford

Class 5, Class 6 and Class 7: Budleigh

Class 8: Otter

Class 9: Woodbury

A map of the course is downloadable under ride information. An A3 copy will be sent out with your ride details.

 

Class 1

Venue - CP1 - CP2 - CP3 - CP4 - CP1 - CP5 - CP5 - Vet Gate  (Harpford Loop)

Vet Gate - CP1 - * - CP3 - CP4 - CP1 - CP5 - Vet Gate  (Otter Loop)

Vet Gate - CP1 - * - CP3 - CP4 - # - Venue  (Woodbury Loop)

Total Distance 79.1km, 5 gates

 

Class 2

Venue - CP1 - CP2 - CP3  - CP4 - CP1 - CP5 - CP5 - Vet Gate  (Harpford Loop)

Vet Gate - CP1 - * - CP3 - CP4 - CP1 - CP5 - Venue (Otter Loop)

Total Distance 63.3km, 5 gates

 

Classes 3 and 4

Venue - CP1 - CP2 - CP3 - CP4 - CP1 - CP5 - CP5 - Venue  (Harpford Loop)

Total Distance 39.0km, 5 gates

 

Classes 5, 6 and 7

Venue - CP1 - ^ - CP3 - CP4 - CP1 - CP5 - CP5 - Venue (Budleigh Loop)

Total Distance 30.4km, 4 gates

 

Class 8

Venue - CP1 - * - CP3 - CP4 - CP1 - CP5 - Venue  (Otter Loop)

Total Distance 24.3km, one gate to be tied open on day

 

Class 9

Venue - CP1 - * - CP3 - CP4 - # - Venue  (Woodbury Loop)

Total Distance 15.8km, one gate to be tied open on day

 

ALL gates are designed for equestrians so easy to open.

 

Distances

Venue to CP1: 3.6km

CP1 to CP2: 5.7km

CP2 to CP3: 4.6km

CP3 to CP4: 2.4km

CP4 to CP1: 2.6km

CP1 to CP5: 7.5km

CP5 to CP5: 5.2km

CP5 to Venue: 7.4km

 

^ Budleigh Loop, CP1 to CP3: 1.6km

* Otter Loop and Woodbury Loop, CP1 to CP3: 0.8km

# Woodbury Loop, CP4 to Venue: 9.0km

 

East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

These commons form one of the largest remaining lowland heathsin the UK, in excess of 2800 acres, managed by the East Devon Pebblebeds Trust. It is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation. Public access was granted in 1930 by the 21st Baron Clinton. From the highest areas the views stretch for miles in good weather, all the way to the sea at Exmouth.

The Woodbury loop passes by Woodbury Castle, the remains of a pre-historic hill fort built 500-300 BC. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument comprising of a series of ramparts and ditches. Remains of a WWII Royal Marine camp is to be seen on East Budleigh Common. A WWII tented camp was based near the car park at Joneys Cross (Checkpoint 5), where US Marine troops were based temporarily to practice for the D-Day landing on Omaha beach.

The heaths lie on ancient geological formations (pebblebeds) consisting of rounded quartzite pebbles and sand. On top of this is poor, acidic soil with low level vegetation interspersed with areas of trees. The unique heathland has a diverse flora, including the Bee Orchid and in wet areas insect-eating plants called Pale Butterwort and Sundew. There are also unique fauna, being a breeding ground for Curlew, Yellowhammer, Dartford Warbler and Nightjar. In the summer there are more than 30 species of butterflies such as silver-washed fritillary, brimstone, grayling, and silver-studded blue. Reptiles are also found on the heaths, such as Adders and the Common Lizard.

 

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