CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Devon Life today CLICK HERE

Discover new running trails with 3-2-1

PUBLISHED: 14:55 07 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:48 07 September 2015

View of Mouthmill and Blackchurch Rock

View of Mouthmill and Blackchurch Rock


Downloadable routes now available in North Devon thanks to Run England’s new initiative

The routes are clearly marked like this one at WelcombeThe routes are clearly marked like this one at Welcombe

On your marks, get set, go! A group of National Trust rangers who look after Bideford Bay and Hartland have now put together a new series of downloadable running trails in conjunction with Run England and its 3-2-1- routes initiative.

These routes are aimed at runners of all abilities and include a variety of distances and terrain, from concrete and gravel to grass, as well as steps, stiles, stepping stones and bridges. The amazing views at Welcombe and across Bideford Bay will inspire even the most jaded of runners to pull their trainers on and get running.

3-2-1 is a Run England project which aims to provide a range of marked running or jogging routes across the country suitable for everyone. The routes are loaded onto their website so that they can be searched for by postcode. Their easy access make the scheme a great way for everybody to get outside and enjoy the countryside, whether you’re training for a marathon or simply after a light jog.

View of Welcombe from one of the routesView of Welcombe from one of the routes

Ranger Luke Johns said: ‘We have really enjoyed pulling the routes together. Several in our team are runners so we started by looking at the routes that we enjoy and how we could share them. They are the first on the Run England website for the Torridge area, although we hope they motivate others to add more. We would love people to give us feedback via twitter and facebook to let us know what they think of them.’

Run England markers have been used by the rangers to make navigation of the new routes easy. Visitors just have to decide on a distance. The one mile route starts and finishes in the National Trust car park at Welcombe Mouth Grid ref: SS212179, postcode: EX39 6HL.

The two mile route is from Brownsham car park (Grid ref: SS286260, postcode: EX39 6AN) through Beckland Woods and along the South West Coast Path with panoramic views across Bideford Bay and out to Lundy.

The three mile route also includes fine views across Bideford Bay. It is a circular trail from East Titchberry NT car park, Grid ref: SS244270, post code EX39 6AU.

To download the new routes visit this National Trust page: or visit Run England


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Devon Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Devon Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Devon Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Devon is particularly stunning at this time of year and so we’ve picked out 18 stunning pictures that encapsulate the county during the festive period

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

From cosy pubs galore to winter beach walks, there’s plenty to enjoy in Devon at Christmas. We list 19 reasons you should come visit us this December.

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Devon is a joy to explore with its beautiful beaches, pretty woodland and charming towns and villages. Made even more magical under a blanket of glistening frost, we pick 12 walks to blow away the cobwebs in the county this winter

Read more
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A South Devon walk along a wreck-rich coastline with SIMONE STANBROOK-BYRNE

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

In the latest of our 24-hour tours of Devon’s best locations, we head to Britain’s Ocean City

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

With breathtaking beaches, rolling countryside, stately homes and unique villages, it’s no wonder high-profile film productions flock to Devon - how well do you know the movies that have set up camp here however?

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Whether it’s on our beautiful beaches, in our magnificent moors or within our stunning stately homes, film productions are constantly setting up in Devon. Here are 16 that you might not know used the county as a filming location

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

From angry spirits to headless horses and ghoulish monks, Devon has more than a few supernatural stories to get your skin crawling. We have picked 11 haunted places in the county

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

October is the perfect time to discover the joys of Exmoor. Jennette Baxter of Visit Exmoor suggests five great ways to enjoy autumn on the moor

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wild camping can be one of the best ways to escape the crowds for a night or two and lose yourself in the landscape - SOPHIE PAVELLE chooses her five favourite places to ‘wild-life’ camp in Devon

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

From sandy beaches and lighthouse-topped cliffs to views of the Jurassic Coast, the Devon coastline offers many perfect locations for a seaside walk. We pick 10 of the prettiest routes to take

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Take our quiz to find out how well you really know Devon

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

As the weather starts to warm up and the Devon countryside beckons, LIZZIE JANE of the National Trust in the South West offers plenty of walk ideas for you to try. Whether you want a relaxed Sunday stroll or a more strenuous hike, here are 10 walks across Devon (and beyond) to help you escape the crowds and head off the beaten track

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The South West Coast Path is celebrating 40 years by calling on people to help raise £40,000. To show their support, teams from Devon’s top tourist attractions are preparing to take to the trail. CHRISSY HARRIS finds out more

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search