Coleridge Way Ultra – The Opium Trail
Saturday 3rd July 2021
51 hallucinogenic miles through the landscapes brought to vivid life by Samuel Coleridge, philosopher, theologian and founder of the ‘romantic poet’ movement.
The 51 mile route begins in Nether Stowey in North-Western Somerset where Coleridge lived for many years, and follows his meanderings and musings across this landscape, quite often devoured by the demon of opium, thought to have both aided and encouraged his literary work but which ultimately lead to his demise.
The fully waymarked route traverses the Quantock Hills and contours the upland expanses of Exmoor before a final flurry down deep along the Lyn Valley Gorge to the coastal town of Lynmouth.
The route crosses a varied array of terrain, from woodland glades and riverside trails to windswept moorland fringes. The Coleridge Way signage is excellent and easily navigable, following its own very distinguishable quill (feather) waymarkers.
There will be 4 Aid Stations en route, at regularly spaced intervals, offering food and refreshment, plus 2 extra water stations, all staffed by the ever-friendly, experienced Puretrail Crew. Transport option from the finish (Lynmouth) to the start (Nether Stowey) at 05:00. This can be added within the entry process.
Race Route Maps:
The Race will finish on the Manor Green at Lynmouth where you will receive the much-coveted Opium Trail medal.
THE COLERIDGE WAY ULTRA IS NOW A UTMB QUALIFYING RACE.
FINISHERS RECEIVE 3 ITRA POINTS
Permits for the race are provided by the Trail Running Association