New Trek Fest gives walkers a reward for their hike

All proceeds from the event will go to local charities and worthy causes

All proceeds from the event will go to local charities and worthy causes - Credit: Ilfracombe Round Table

A brand-new festival will showcase the stunning scenery of Exmoor, giving people a unique chance to mix hiking with live music.

Ilfracombe Round Table this week launched Trek Fest, taking place near Brendon in the heart of Exmoor on Saturday, September 4.

It involves a six or a 10-mile trek through the breath-taking local area, with walkers rewarded at the finish line with an evening music festival, complete with street food stalls, bar and camping on the moorland.

All proceeds from the event will go to local charities and worthy causes and Simon Robilliard, Chairman of Ilfracombe Round Table, says it will be a completely unique experience.

Simon said: “We’re so excited to launch Trek Fest! It feels like we’ve all been couped up for 18 months, but this is a great way to get together and do something completely different. We’ve put together a really rewarding route, thanks to kind permission from many private landowners, so even if you’re an Exmoor aficionado this will be a new experience. Then, at the finish line, we have a cracking boutique festival to enjoy in a stunning location in the middle of the moor. We can enjoy food, drink and live music together, after what has seemed like such a long time.”


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Simon said that the emphasis of Trek Fest will be purely on having fun. “People can take the walk at their own pace, although admittedly those who finish earlier will get to the festival bar quicker! There’s no need to navigate or read a map, as the whole route is safely marked and marshalled. It really will be spectacular, offering the chance to see local wildlife and witness the moorland dramatically change as the sun sets.”

Camping is also included at the festival, so people can make a weekend of it.

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Tickets are now on sale and the event is open to those who would simply like to enjoy the festival and not take part in the walk.

“We want as many people as possible to come and enjoy Trek Fest,” said Simon. “We’ll celebrate being together again, enjoy the moor and some live music again.

“So, we’re offering tickets for those who’d just like to come to the evening festival. There will be live music, street food and a well-stocked bar from the minute you arrive.

“So that means a whole group of you could come along and enjoy chilling at the festival site, while some of the group go off and do the hike.”

Tickets for Trek Fest are just £35 and include the way-marked walk, free beer at the finish line, live music all night plus free camping.

Tickets are also available for those wanting to experience the festival with camping for £20, while entry to the festival alone is just £5. All tickets need to be purchased in advance at exmoortrekfest.co.uk

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