Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Run at Cornborough Cliff and Abbotsham Devon


It was overcast this morning as I set off for a run from Westward Ho!

The path I followed was along Cornborough Cliff.Initially although I was running up hill the path was good as I was following an old railway line. The route was wide and initially tar maced before turning into a green lane pathway which was good to run on. This is part of the South West Coast Path and apart from the odd dog walker was all mine at 7am.The  South West Coast path is 630 miles long and described as one of the worlds greatest walks. Very hard to compare walks around the world and what makes a walk good for one person might be very different for another but there is some really good walking to enjoy here.
There was an initial climb of around 240 foot to get out of Westward Ho!  I was running along the cliff path and above me was a hill known as Kipling Tor.The name derives from Rudyard Kipling, who attended the United Services College in Westward Ho!

The island of Lundy which is normally visible was obscured by  cloud. Boat trips to see the bird life and seals on the island are promoted in the area but I am not good at boat journeys so unfortunately I miss out on these type of attractions.

Beyond Cornborough Cliff the path became a series of ups and downs. This was quite hard running as once you had descended to sea level you then had a few climbs where I had to walk as it was quicker than my running!

My run this morning was around 5 miles - 2.5 miles out and back along this cliff. I think I turned around at somewhere called Abbotsham Cliff the return journey having more down hill running was a little quicker.

I am trying on this holiday to keep up with my half marathon training schedule and to date have succeeded.


  1. Thanks for checking out my blog. You have some great photos of North Devon here, and how good to keep up the running even when you're on holiday. I'm impressed. Good luck with the training.

  2. Wow! very fascinating attractions...Cool place...Perfect for a holiday adventure.

  3. You certainly seemed to get in quality running on your vacation, who could resist those views!

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  6. Great photos and good that you kept your half marathon training going

  7. Thanks devongirlie you certainly live in a beautiful part of the world and I will continue to take a look at your site as you visit locations in Devon

  8. Thanks Brooks Shoes this is an ideal location for adventure holiday our neighbours were regulalrly surfing - Westward Ho! is highly rated for this

  9. Thanks Lindsay not sure it compares with your honeymoon location (certainly not as warm )but nevertheless great holiday and good running

  10. Thanks Alan customed as I am to the flatter byways in Suffolk I found the training somewhat harder than normal over the hills and cliffs in Devon !


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