Pubs & Recce Routes

As a self-navigation event, we encourage runners to get out on the course before race day if at all possible. The pages below contain maps and GPX files for various sections of the route, or you could join one of our organised recces over the winter months, as detailed on our Facebook page. If you are not on Facebook then please email us to ask for details.

The Butcombe Trail (also known as the Mendip Pub Trail) was devised to link six pubs which now form the basis of the BTU course. This makes the self-navigation route ideal for training runs / recces, as it can be broken down into shorter sections or loops that start and finish at one of the pubs. And who doesn’t like finishing a run at a great country pub?!

We rely on the generosity of all the landlords / managers to allow us to use their pubs as checkpoints for free, thus maximising the donation we can make to charity from the proceeds of the race. If you’re doing recces of the route, please pop into one of the pubs for a drink or post-run meal, and be sure to let them know you are training for the BTU!


Details of the pubs, along with suggested recces of the Butcombe Trail from each, can be found on the pages below.

The Swan, Rowberrow

The Ring O’ Bells, Compton Martin

The Queen Victoria, Priddy

The Rodney Stoke Inn, Rodney Stoke

The Lamb, Axbridge

The Queen’s Arms, Bleadon

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