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Devon, UK

Focused on Coast Towns in North & South Devon, & River Exe Towns. See Also Our Guides to Dorset, Hampshire, SE Coast

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This is a guide to running in Devon, a county in South West England. The coverage includes waterfront promenades, clifftop trails, and beaches in south-coast harbour towns from Sidmouth to Dartmouth, including the ‘English Riviera’, towns on the River Exe, and some spots in North Devon.

Some of the best places to run in Devon are waterfront promenade paths in the Sidmouth, Exmouth, Dartmouth, Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham. There are lovely paths along the River Exe between Exeter and Topsham. There’s also some excellent running in Plymouth, Devon’s largest city, including Mt. Edcumbe, reachable via 7-minute ferry, In North Devon, enjoy running on cycle paths around Barnstable, plus some great beaches for running in Westward Ho and Saunton Sands. Several of our routes incorporate a section of spectacular South West Coast path — there’s a range of options from easy paved paths to challenging trail running. Runners should also experience some some of the heaths, moors, farmland, and woodland of interior Devon in the South Devon Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Dartmoor National Park.

The main towns in South Devon are wonderfully connected by train. In fact, there are some fun options for one-way coastal runs using the train to return. Runners should be aware that Devon weather can be damp, cool, and windy. Many of the coastal paths are exposed – which can affect trail surface conditions.

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Plymouth: Devonport Marina & Parks

Devon, UK

An exploration of the Devonport area in west Plymouth, including Royal William Yard, Mayflower Marina, Mount Wise Park, and Devonport Park. There's also a running track. Can combine with our main Plymouth route, ~1 mile east.
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Sidmouth Waterfront and The Byes

Devon, UK

Sidmouth is a tourist resort and a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The best place to run is a route combining the Esplanade to Peak Hill, and then a jaunt along The Byes, a lovely park leading to Margaret's Meadow.
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River Exe Paths in Exeter & Topsham

Devon, UK

There are some pleasant paths along the River Exe, which flows south into the English Channel. One can run up to 8.2 miles, including 2.5 miles along the Exeter Ship Canal in Topsham. Fun option: do the longer run one-way and return via train!
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Devon has a cool, oceanic climate, but the weather across the county can vary widly. Summers are mild, with daytime highs in the 70F (21C) range, and nights cool enough to always warrant a layer. Winters are damp and mild, with high temperatures averaging 46F (8C) and lows well above freezing (39F). Rainfall and sunshine vary widely: Dartmoor is rainiest (79 inches annually) and cloudiest, while the southeast coast is sunniest and only experiences 30 inches of annual rainfall.

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RUNNING STORES

Runners Need, Exeter. One of Devon’s only running stores! Group Runs Thursdays 6:15 pm.

Run Venture Running Hub. Two locations in Devon. They’re trail running focused.

GROUP RUNS

Exeter: at Runners Need, Thursdays 6:15 pm.  Information

Run Venture Running Hub has numerous group run activities. More trail running focused. Information

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