Dartmoor 50 ROUTE info
Dartmoor 50 route map HERE
Dartmoor 50 gpx file HERE.
The Dartmoor 50 follows a mix of footpaths, bridleways, stone tracks, grassy paths and faint trods. Dartmoor can be very rough and strength sapping if not on a semblance of a path so the route has been created and then fine tuned to be as runnable as possible but keeping a distinct wild / fellrunning feel.
Most of the ascents are made on stony tracks or established paths and fainter/ rougher trails are used for flatter sections and good downhills, making the route runnable - depending on fitness and ability!
It is a fully signed route, to make it a hard but fair test of running ability only. Without the necessity to navigate, any lesser or greater ability in that respect does not have a bearing on the inclusiveness or success of your participation. This helps to make the Dartmoor 50 unique - there are few races in such wilderness that don't require navigating one's way around.
Though you will be given a map of the route and take a compass with you as part of the kit list - you are not allowed onto the moor as part of this event without them. There will be approximately 250 arrow signs and 1000 orange flags on the moor to mark the route, but these are at the mercy of weather, livestock and general public so a degree of route finding may be called for.
Unfortunately this is something we cannot control or safeguard against. It will be marked very regularly and checked immediately before participants reach each section, but self reliance and responsibility are also things you should take with you onto the moor!