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The Incredible Hike 2020

Sunday 26 April 2020
7:00am - 8:00pm
Hartland Abbey, Bideford
Ultra-challenge
Event organiser:
CHSW
Tickets:
£25, Virtual Walker £5
Sponsorship Target:
£100

Join us for a challenging 10 mile hike

The Incredible Hike is our brand-new event for 2020. Take on this challenge and hike from Morwenstow (The Bush Inn) to Hartland Quay, raising money for children not expected to reach adulthood. Prepare to be wowed by the breathtaking scenery this strenuous stretch of the coast path has to offer.

The first few miles are classed as severe, and this spectacular section is said to be one of the toughest parts of the entire South West Coast Path. It involves some relentless and tiring ascents and descents, but they'll certainly be worth the effort! You'll climb above the rocky shoreline, past tumbling waterfalls, across secluded combes, countless ravines, coves and cliffs, crossing several river valleys before arriving at Hartland Quay.

Take on The Incredible Hike with a dedicated support team, regular check points and refreshment stations to ensure you enjoy and complete this challenging 10 mile hike!

Read our Incredible Hike FAQs

Why not join our virtual event?

If you would prefer a different route or simply can’t make the date of the main event on Sunday 26 April, why not complete your own Incredible Hike? This event is also accessible virtually with the same fundraising support available so you can undertake your own Incredible Hike any time before the 26 April and join us at Hartland Quay to collect your medal and enjoy the finish line celebrations! Find out more about taking part in this event as a virtual walker.

Kindly sponsored by

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We put our customers first by supporting them when they are unable to work, when they become ill or when they lose a loved one. And as a mutual, we re-invest our profits into better customer service, more affordable premiums and payment of claims.

Join Team CHSW!

Raising sponsorship is all part of this challenge, so join our team of amazing fundraisers by taking part in The Incredible Hike! The entry fee covers the cost of hosting the event but the money you raise will make a difference to the lives of local children with life-limiting conditions and their families, helping to ensure they can continue to access the care and support they need.

We are here to support you every step of the way, and make fundraising as easy and fun as possible by providing ideas for every occasion, how-to guides and great branded materials for you to download.

Paul Boddington will be walking the entire length of the South West Coast path in aid of Children’s Hospice South West

Your fundraising makes a big difference

Last September, Paul took on the monumental challenge of walking the South West Coast Path in memory of his niece, Lauren, and in the process, fundraise for Children’s Hospice South West having witnessed the emotional and physical demands on a family with a very sick child. By taking part in The Incredible Hike, your fundraising helps local children and families feel protected, supported and cared for so they can make the most of their precious time together.

Jayne Jarrett, Event Fundraiser, Little Bridge House

Need help?

If you would like to find out more about this event just click the ask a question button to send us an email or give us a call and we'll be happy to help!

Call Jayne on 01271 325 270
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More information

What's included / highlights

  • Courtesy shuttle bus to the start line from Hartland Quay to the start.
  • Clearly marked route and marshalled route.
  • CHSW cheer team and support all day!
  • Regular check points with complimentary snacks and water to top up bottles - Cornish cream tea scone (jam then cream) at first check point and Devon cream tea (cream then jam….) at the second check point – judging to take place at finish line! (Please remember that these stops are in addition to you bringing your own packed lunch and snacks and are only intended as a top up).
  • Support vehicles.
  • Medical assistance.
  • Finish line celebrations for all participants and their supporters with music and refreshments.
  • BBQ for participants.
  • Support from your community fundraiser to raise at least £100.
  • Invitation to visit your local hospice to see how your money supports local families.
  • Commemorative booklet detailing the route, key information and helpful advice
  • Training guide.
  • Finisher's medal.
  • Finisher's T-shirt.
  • Car parking at the finish line at Hartland Quay (for a small fee per car).

Route

You will head off from The Bush Inn through a woodland path toward the coast where the coastal path turns right leading you up the first steep ascent to Hawkers Hut. In the 19th century an eccentric parson, Rev R S Hawker, put Morwenstow village on the map, with his efforts to rescue shipwrecked sailors and prevent looting. You will see, on the side of the cliff, the hut that Rev Hawker built out of driftwood, where he sat to write his poetry.  

As you re-join the coastal path, the view at Yeol Mouth Cliff toward Gull Rock with its ‘Devil’s Hole’ is truly amazing.

Approximately 3.2 miles along, you will reach Marsland Mouth and leave North Cornwall behind, entering North Devon via a small bridge above a pretty stream.

Approximately half a mile further will be the first check point at Welcombe Mouth, where you can indulge in a “Cornish Cream Tea” (we know Welcombe Mouth is not in Cornwall but we couldn’t access anywhere before the border!)

The path will then continue upwards (your last big ascent) and follow an undulating route for the rest of the challenge. You will be checked in at the second check point, Sandhole Cross, which is at the end of a quiet road section. Here you can enjoy a “Devon Cream Tea”. You will then enter a field on the left, continuing through fields and back along the coastline, passing what is perhaps the most dramatic waterfall on the whole south coast path trail, plunging to the beach at Speke's Mill. Speke’s Mill Mouth is the point where the two streams that rise on Bursdon Moor cascade down a sheer rock face and through a series of smaller falls before tumbling to the sea below.

Hartland Quay will be your final check point where you can enjoy a BBQ and take part in the final celebrations.

Highlights

  • Standing and admiring the views to Lundy Island and the coast path ahead, surrounded by seasonal flowers.
  • The unusual small mountain-like prominence of St Catherine’s Tor, believed to have had a Roman chapel or villa on top, with its waterfall tumbling to the beach below.
  • Arriving at the amazing rock formations around Hartland Quay: the jagged finger like reefs reaching to the sea are exposed at low tide.

Route map of South West Coast Path from Morwenstow to Hartland QuayPart One

Start walk until stopping for lunch.

Check point 1
  • Welcome Mouth - 3.8 miles
  • (Morwenstow to Welcombe Mouth - 3.8 miles)

Part Two

Finish Hartland Quay (10 miles).

Check point 2
  • Sandhole Cross - 6.2 miles
  • (Welcombe to Sandhole - 2.4 miles)
Finish
  • Hartland Quay - 10 miles
  • (Sandhole to Hartland Quay - 3.6 miles)

Further resources

The Incredible Hike FAQs

Venue

Starting point: The Bush Inn, Crosstown, Morwenstow, Bude, Devon, EX23 9SR

Parking 

All walkers will be able to park for a small fee at Hartland Quay, so their car is available when they finish. The courtesy shuttle bus will be in operation at 7.30am from Hartland Quay to Morwenstow.

Refreshments

There will be a selection of pastries and hot drinks at the start line to purchase with three further check points on the route providing complimentary snacks and water to top up bottles. This is in addition to your own snacks and packed lunch.

*EXCLUSIVE TO THIS EVENT* At the first stop you will indulge in a Cornish half a scone (jam then cream) and at the last check point, a Devon half a scone (cream then jam….) judging to take place at finish line!

Family and friends

Are very welcome to join you at any of the checkpoints and of course at Hartland Quay for the finish line celebrations and BBQ from 1.00pm

Route

You will head off from The Bush Inn through a woodland path toward the coast where the coastal path turns right leading you up the first steep ascent to Hawkers Hut. In the 19th century an eccentric parson, Rev R S Hawker, put Morwenstow village on the map, with his efforts to rescue shipwrecked sailors and prevent looting. You will see, on the side of the cliff, the hut that Rev Hawker built out of driftwood, where he sat to write his poetry.  

As you re-join the coastal path, the view at Yeol Mouth Cliff toward Gull Rock with its ‘Devil’s Hole’ is truly amazing.

Approximately 3.2 miles along, you will reach Marsland Mouth and leave North Cornwall behind, entering North Devon via a small bridge above a pretty stream.

Approximately half a mile further will be the first check point at Welcombe Mouth, where you can indulge in a “Cornish Cream Tea” (we know Welcombe Mouth is not in Cornwall but we couldn’t access anywhere before the border!)

The path will then continue upwards (your last big ascent) and follow an undulating route for the rest of the challenge. You will be checked in at the second check point, Sandhole Cross, which is at the end of a quiet road section. Here you can enjoy a “Devon Cream Tea”. You will then enter a field on the left, continuing through fields and back along the coastline, passing what is perhaps the most dramatic waterfall on the whole south coast path trail, plunging to the beach at Speke's Mill. Speke’s Mill Mouth is the point where the two streams that rise on Bursdon Moor cascade down a sheer rock face and through a series of smaller falls before tumbling to the sea below.

Hartland Quay will be your final check point where you can enjoy a BBQ and take part in the final celebrations.

Highlights

  • Standing and admiring the views to Lundy Island and the coast path ahead, surrounded by seasonal flowers.
  • The unusual small mountain-like prominence of St Catherine’s Tor, believed to have had a Roman chapel or villa on top, with its waterfall tumbling to the beach below.
  • Arriving at the amazing rock formations around Hartland Quay: the jagged finger like reefs reaching to the sea are exposed at low tide.

Route map of South West Coast Path from Morwenstow to Hartland QuayPart One

Start walk until stopping for lunch.

Check point 1
  • Welcome Mouth - 3.8 miles
  • (Morwenstow to Welcombe Mouth - 3.8 miles)

Part Two

Finish Hartland Quay (10 miles).

Check point 2
  • Sandhole Cross - 6.2 miles
  • (Welcombe to Sandhole - 2.4 miles)
Finish
  • Hartland Quay - 10 miles
  • (Sandhole to Hartland Quay - 3.6 miles)

The Incredible Hike FAQs

Join us on this event as a virtual walker

If you would prefer a different route or simply can’t make the date of the main event, why not complete your own Incredible Hike before the 26 April and join us at Hartland Quay to collect your medal and join the finish line celebrations? 

The coast path has 82 sections varying from easy to strenuous, so you can easily choose a section to suit you and still receive lots of help with your fundraising from our team. You could even gather a group of friends, family or colleagues and make a real day of it!

Go to the beach anywhere in the South West of England, turn left or right and you’ll be on the South West Coast Path to start of an amazing fundraising experience. The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.

Whether you’re looking for a scenic stroll to take you to a beautiful view or a challenge like no other in hiking the entire South West Coast Path National Trail of 630 miles, you’ve come to the right place to start.

See the South West Coast Path website for the full itinerary.

After you sign up as a virtual walker our fundraising team will be in touch to see how we can support you with your fundraising.

Read our event terms and conditions.

Read our Incredible Hike FAQs

If you would prefer to do your walk after April check out our DIY Incredible Hike where you can complete your own challenge in your own time.