Leg 8: Haselbury Mill to Winyard's Gap [8.7k]

NOTE: Some details may alter as circumstances change, so keep looking [updated 13/03/2018]

Start at Haselbury Mill - End at Winyard's Gap Inn

Special arrangements for baton handover if tunnel under A30 blocked:

It is possible that the tunnel under the A30 will not be open in time for this year's event.  If so, to avoid crossing this fast and busy road in 'race mode' there will be a mandatory 5 minute intermission in the race timing to enable the baton to be taken calmly from the end of Leg 7 to the start of Leg 8 on the other side of the A30.

We are relying on each team to observe the duration of this intermission, delaying setting off on Leg 8 until the full 5 minutes is reached.  If the road is exceptionally busy take as long as is necessary to cross the road safely and later advise the Race Organiser of any extra delay incurred so your race time can be adjusted.

The schematic below indicates the relationship of the leg end/start locations and the route between.

Indicative Route for Leg 8:


Directions [these will be updated shortly to be similar in style to earlier legs]:

Distance (miles)



Leg starts on South side of A30 main road.  There may be access via a tunnel under road, but if not special arrangements will apply and these will be published nearer the time and also explained prior to start of race.

  Continue along right hand side of field crossing river via gated bridge
  Continue along field with river to left, passing through various gates with signs indicating Parrett Trail (one & two)
 0.8 Follow river Parrett passing farm to right on top of hill
  Pass through another gate
  After next gate turn left crossing river via wooden footbridge
  Continue directly across field heading towards style
  Climb steep hill passing to left of Oak tree
  Cross style at top of hill
  Continue across field heading towards agricultural buildings and gate
 1.2 Cross style to right of gate and continue along muddy track and down metalled lane
 1.5 Turn right off lane, following footpath into field
  Follow footpath across field (one & two)
 1.7 Exit field via small wooden gate into lane
  Continue down lane, passing North Perrott Church on left
 1.9 At junction with main road through North Perrott village turn right
 2.0 At right hand bend in road bear left following small lane passing cottages on both sides of lane
 2.2 Turn right off lane down gravelled drive, following footpath past cottages
  Pass through small metal gate into field
  Follow left hand boundaryof field down hill (one & two)
  At bottom of hill pass through metal gate
 2.6 Cross next field to wooden gate at right hand boundary of field and cross river
  On entering next field pass small coppice on left hand side
  Run towards telegraph pole and pylon in distance
 2.8 Cross railway line with care (look both ways)
  After crossing railway line head towards pylon (one & two)
  Pass through gates into next field (one & two)
  Head towards farm buildings and gate
 3.2 Turn left into lane passing farm on left
 3.6 Just before entering village of South Perrott, turn right into field, marked Parrett Trail
  Cross field heading towards two right most houses
  Exit field via path to left of houses
  Continue through parking area turning right
  Follow grassed path into field
  Turn left in field heading towards South Perrott Church
 3.8 Cross main road through South Perrott with care and run up Church Hill towards Church
  Pass through metal gates at entrance to Church
  Directly after gates turn left, following wall through Church grounds (one & two)
  Pass through gate at end of Church grounds, follow path between fences with paddock on right
  Exit via gate to right of bungalow with many aerials
 4.0 On entering lane turn right
  Turn left to resume Parrett Trail, passing old farm buildings to left and farmhouse to right
  Continue along Parrett Trail, running through river bed (onetwo & three)
  Enter childrens play area passing through small wooden gate
  Bear right to exit play area via another wooden gate
  Pass through curvy style into field
  Head towards metal gate
  Exit field passing through gate with concrete water trough to left of gate
  Continue uphill towards tree lined boundary on left
  Pass through metal gate at start of tree lined field boundary
  Pass through next metal gate and bear right, continuing uphill
  Follow painted wooden posts to top of hill (onetwo & three)
  Continue to top of hill leaving field via gate to left of field boundary (one)
 5.3 Turn left into lane
 5.4 Continue along lane towards finish at Winyard's Gap Pub

Additional Information: 

At Haselbury and by kind permission of the Mill owners, there is off road parking being made available 'on the day only' in the field opposite the entrance to the Mill.  Please look out for 'PTR' signs and when in field park on the gravel area next to the hedge by the lane.

At Winyard's Gap, please park considerately at the Inn, trying not to block or obstruct other users.  There may also be some space further along the road where verges permit.

Nearby, parking is provided for visitors to the war memorial commemorating all ranks of the 43rd Wessex Division.  This memorial is worthy of a visit and is a replica of the memorial erected on Hill 112 near Caen, the site of the first major battle in which the division took part, July 10th to July 24th 1944.  If parking near this area please be considerate and try not to block or obstruct other users.

Quick links to other pages:

Overview of event
Relay 1 Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4
Relay 2 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8
Risk assessment