Hestercombe Woodland Wander & Doggy Dash 2020

  • When: 15 Mar 2020, 9:30 a.m. - noon
  • Where:

    Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton TA2 8LG

  • Category: 1610 Race Series
Hestercombe Woodland Wander

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We shouldnt say it, but this is possibly our favourite event of the year. Runners of all ages from babies to grandads and their four legged friends take to the start line at Hestercombe to kick start the beginning of our annual Race Series.

No times, no pressure, this event is great fun and good for beginners. Its also great for dog lovers as your four legged friends are invited to run alongside you on a lead.

To keep everyone safe, in 2020 we will separate those who are running without pets from the dog lovers and will have 2 start times - 9.30am for people running with their dogs and 10.00am for everyone else.

There will be medals at the finish line plus a FREE special gift, tasty treats and water for the dogs.

This is a great event for all the family and an opportunity to make the most of the peaceful woodland and lake views.

5k Fun Run/Walk

Our 5k route through the beautiful woodland surroundings of Hestercombe is mostly cross country. Some of the hills are a little challenging but all good fun. It’s perfect for people thinking about entering a 10k run but looking for something smaller to build their confidence. For those that prefer a slower pace, why not come along and walk the route (bring the dog) - a great opportunity to make the most of the peaceful woodland and lake views. Any children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times as the route is not all located within the Hestercombe grounds.

2k Fun Run/Walk

The 2k Fun Run is brilliant for kids and families and those who want to have fun and have a go! We would advise any children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Keep warm while you wait

The Cafe at Hestercombe Gardens will be open selling cakes and hot drinks.

Important info

  • Free car parking
  • Registration opens at 8.30am on the green outside the main house
  • The race starts at 9.30am for those walking/running with dogs and then 10.00am for everyone else
  • Medals for all finishers
  • As both runs are cross country we recommend sturdy trainers
  • Cancellation Policy

Part of the 1610 Race Series

The Hestercombe Woodland Wander is part of the 1610 Race Series consisting of four 10k races all located in Somerset and Dorset. Click here for details of all 1610 Race Series events.

By taking part in the 1610 Race Series you are fundraising for your local 1610 leisure centre, providing sports and leisure facilities for the whole community.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are keen to work with brands and companies who are looking to engage and support our 1610 Race Series runners, their supporters and the wider South West community.


Please contact the 1610 Events Team on 01823 219001 or email raceseries@1610.org.uk.