East Devon 8 Trigs

So, what’s involved?

Back for a 3rd year, 12th November 2022 (Clockwise)

  • 33 and 21 mile (53km /34km) options
  • Self navigate
  • Teams of 2 – 6 
  • Solo entries available for confident navigators
  • Open to runners and walkers
Trigpoints are the common name for “triangulation pillars”. These are concrete pillars, about 4′ tall, which were used by the Ordnance Survey in order to determine the exact shape of the country. They are generally located on the highest bit of ground in the area, so that there is a direct line of sight from one to the next. By sitting a theodolite (an accurate protractor built into a telescope) on the top of the pillar, accurate angles between pairs of nearby trigpoints could be measured. This process is called “triangulation”.

Our Event

Eight of these trig points sit on a beautifully varied trail loop in East Devon. The route starts on Budleigh Salterton seafront and follows the South West Coast Path to High Peak trig point. Far reaching views from here extend to Berry Head to the South West and Portland to the East. The 8 Trig route continues from here along the coast to Weston Cliff, before heading inland to find Buckton and Beacon Hill trigs. After reaching High Peak, the 5 Trig route crosses Mutters Moor, before dropping down into the Otter valley. The 8 Trig route rejoins the 5 Trigs at the footbridge over the River Otter at Harpford. The next part of the route follows the East Devon Way, with short diversions to locate Aylesbeare, Woodbury and Black Hill trig points. From here, you head towards East Devon Golf Course and find West Down Beacon trig on the junction with the South West Coast Path. A downhill section from here takes you back to Budleigh Salterton.

On the 12th November 2022, teams of 2-6 will leave at staggered start times. You must stay with at least one other person at all times. Solo entries permitted for confident navigators only. Each team will need to record their route on Strava (or similar app) for verification later.
  • 2 well stocked aid stations on 8 Trigs route (1 on 5 Trigs route)
  • First aid cover at checkpoints and mobile units in between
  • Special medal for all finishers


Participant information 2021 (download handbook below)

8 Trigs handbook 2021

The Route

All trig points can be found without the need for complicated navigation techniques. However, a basic understanding of navigation will be required as the 8 trigs route isn’t way marked. Total distance is approximately 33 miles.
The shorter 5 trigs route avoids the biggest hills on the Eastern part of the course. A total distance of just over 21 miles.
Both routes will be available on Outdoor Active and a GPX file can be downloaded. If you prefer a traditional map, Explorer 115 (Exmouth and Sidmouth) covers the whole route.

The trig points

High Peak – SY103859

Weston Cliff – SY170882 (8 trigs only)

Buckton Hill – SY148908 (8 trigs only)

Beacon Hill – SY111909 (8 trigs only)

Aylesbeare – SY 055900

Woodbury – SY039881

Black Hill – SY026854

West Down Beacon – SY045811

Route will be clockwise for 2022. Everyone will start with West Down Beacon and pass High Peak on the return to Budleigh.

GPX files for both routes

Download the routes below (Zip file). GPX can also be downloaded from Outdoor Active.

8 Trigs GPX

5 Trigs GPX

Full results 2020

East Devon 8 Trigs photo album 2020

East Devon 8 Trigs 2022

East Devon 5 Trigs - 21 miles - £32*

East Devon 8 Trigs - 33 miles - £45*

 *Select from the drop down menu on the next page.


All bookings are non-refundable or transferable. We do however understand that occasionally people need to cancel for various reasons. Please contact us more than 4 weeks before the event and you will be given a full credit towards the same event the following year. Cancellations received between 2-4 weeks will receive a 50% credit. Less than 2 weeks, no credit will be possible.

Covid 19 - If we are forced to cancel due to the current situation with Covid 19, or you are unable to attend due to travel restrictions. Bookings can be transfered to any other event within 24 months. 

Confirmation of Booking

You will receive an email confirming your booking. Further details about the event and participant handbooks will be available on the website.

Starts On:
Saturday November 12, 2022
Ends On:
Saturday November 12, 2022
East Devon 8 Trigs 2022
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East Devon 18 Trigs

Fancy a bigger challenge? 18 Trigs in East Devon can be linked on foot by a route of approximately 75 miles. Exact route choice is up to you. The aim should be to complete all 18 in under 24hrs, (Like the Bob Graham Round, but in East Devon!)

Further information here: East Devon 18 Trigs

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