Where to watch The Land's End Trial

Beggar's Roost (Main Trial and Class O)

It's the 100th anniversary of Beggars Roost being used on the Land's End, so if you're hardy enough, come watch the competitors as they attempt the 2nd competitive section of the event in the middle of the night.

Directions: It's located just East of Barbrook, on the North of Devon coast near Lynton.

Parking: Parking is best back in the village of Barbrook, but park safely as there are no designated spectator carparks available.

Directions: Section begins at OS GR: SS 714 477

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Timing (2022): First motorcycle due at 11:35pm. Last car due at 05:35am.

Blue Hills (Main Trial and Class O)

Why spectate at Blue Hills? Quite simply because it is the most spectacular setting of any trials hill anywhere in the UK, with magnificent views in both directions along the North Cornwall coastline. There are three sections: ‘Old’ Blue Hills, which features in photographs from the 1920s and early 1930s, is tackled by Class 0; whilst Classes 1 to 8 attempt Blue Hills 1 in the bottom of the valley and the rough-and-rocky Blue Hills 2 which climbs steeply up the south side of Trevellas Combe. As most of the action takes place on the Saturday afternoon of the Easter weekend, there is always a huge crowd and a wonderful atmosphere.

Directions: Blue Hills is north east of St Agnes, which is on the B3285 between Perranporth and Redruth. Please approach the parking directly from the B3285 just to the east of the St Agnes One-Way system. Please be aware of competitors coming towards you after leaving the section. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to arrive directly from the Cross Coombe /Trevallas side because the road will be closed and you will NOT be allowed through.

Parking: Please park in the designated parking areas only. Be warned – the Police will be out in force and will take action if you restrict any entrance, road or access track that could prevent free passage for emergency vehicles including full size fire appliances. After parking, walk towards the sea to the top of the section.

Section Begins at OS GR: SW 728517

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Timing (2022): First motorcycle due at 1.10pm. Last car due at 7.10pm.

Crackington (Main Trial only)

Crackington or Darracott? Take your pick. They both offer a wooded section which is virtually unchanged since the 1930s, although the bridge at the bottom of Crackington suffered badly in the floods of August 2004. Crackington is straighter and wider and many cars provide a good spectacle as they fight to get through the mud and ruts towards the top of the section.

Directions: Crackington is in the valley to the south east of the hamlet of Crackington Haven, north east of Boscastle. Please approach Higher Crackington from the south via the B3263. Please do not try to approach the section from the north, either along the trial route (there is no parking at Mineshop) or on the very narrow road via Congdons Bridge.

Parking: Please park on the ‘yellow’ roads around Lower and Middle Crackington, but please park sensibly and without causing an obstruction. It is then a short walk to the top of the section. Please do NOT park on the grass verges of the houses at the top of the section – the white road (with red dots) on the OS Landranger map and the Streetmap link below.

Section Begins at OS GR: SX 158961

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Timing (2022): First motorcycle due at 07:25am. Last car due at 1.25pm.

Darracott (Main Trial only)

Darracott or Crackington? Take your pick. They both offer a wooded section which is virtually unchanged since the 1930s. Darracott is narrower, rougher, and has several good hairpin bends where vehicles have to slow down to take the corners.

Directions: Darracott is south of the village of Darracott, right on the Cornwall / Devon border south of Hartland Point. Please approach Darracott village from the A39 to the east, being at all times aware of the competitors coming towards you. Do not even think of going anywhere near Gooseham which is a very sensitive area and where there is no parking.

Parking: Please park on the ‘yellow’ roads around Darracott village, but please park sensibly and without causing an obstruction. Then walk down the exit route to the top of the section.

Section Begins at OS GR: SS 232173

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Timing (2022): First motorcycle due at 06:05am. Last car due at 12:05pm.

Where to watch The Exeter Trial

Fingle Bridge

Why spectate at Fingle Bridge? The setting, in the steep valley of the River Teign, is absolutely marvellous, particularly if you’re prepared to walk some way up the hill to sample the wonderful views. The section is comparatively easy so most competitors are relaxed and often chatting with friends and fellow competitors. The parking is easy and, finally, you can retire to the excellent Fingle Bridge Inn by the bridge over the river Teign.

Directions: Fingle Bridge is south of the village of Drewsteignton, between Exeter and Okehampton. Please approach from the west, along the lanes via Drewsteignton, then drive down towards the bridge. Please do not approach from the east as the competitors come in this way and the lanes are very narrow.

Parking: Please park neatly on the left-hand side of the road where there are designated parking areas. It is a short walk, over the bridge, to the foot of the section. Please do not attempt to cross the bridge by car – this route is for competitors only.

Section begins at OS GR: SX 743899

Simms

Why spectate at Simms? A question that doesn’t really need asking. Simms is generally considered the most difficult “MCC hill” and it’s the one that all competitors want to ‘clean’ – but very few do. There are always hundreds of spectators and a fantastic atmosphere. The cheer from the crowd when a competitor struggles to the top can be heard across the valley in Ilsington. If you only spectate on one hill on one event each year – go to Simms!

Directions: Simms is south of the village of Ilsington, which is south west of Bovey Tracey. Ilsington can be reached from Bovey Tracey by the B3387, or directly on narrow lanes. Ilsington can also be reached from the A38 via Liverton.

Park and Ride: The Friends of Ilsington School will be operating a Park and Ride service on Saturday the 10th of January to alleviate congestion in and around Ilsington caused by parked spectator vehicles. Parking will be available at the football pitch and tennis courts which can be accessed via an informal one way system from the main road. Spectators travelling on their way to Ilsington will need to look out for the signage and arrows to the Park and Ride. The parking is at OS GR SX 779760. The minibus will run during the busiest period of the day i.e. from 10.30 a.m. till 3pm and possibly for longer subject to demand. A small charge will be made for both parking and ‘riding’ with all proceeds used to support Ilsington Primary school. You can, of course, walk. It is not far. But please take extra care. There are no pavements for pedestrians and the lanes are very narrow.

Section begins at OS GR: SX 785757

Where to watch The Edinburgh Trial

Lichfield Rugby Club

Cooke Fields, Tamworth Road, Lichfield, WS149JE

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From 21.30 on Friday evening bikes then cars will arrive to be scrutineered and then the first competitor is scheduled to leave at 23.00 with the final car scheduled to leave at 02.15. Hot and cold food and drink will be available in the rugby club from 21.30.

Duke of York Pomeroy

A515 6 miles south of Buxton, 119/119674

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from 05.30 at breakfast until the final finisher at approx.18.00 on Saturday evening. Hot food and drinks will be served all day in the marquee at the rear of the pub.

First bike is due about 5.30 am after travelling for almost 6 1/2 hours through the night. 45 minutes later the riders will be on their way suitably refreshed. This will continue until about 10 am. Derbyshire class riders will start here from 08.30.

First rider back to the finish here will be approx.13.30 last man home will be circa 6pm.

Many competitors spend Friday evening here when hot and cold food and drinks will be available in the pub before journeying south to the start.

Calton

A6 5 miles east of Buxton 119/ 123718

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From 05.20, Dawn in the Peak District on this slippery cobbled hill where failures are guaranteed at the restart and spectators can get a brilliant view of the action standing on the banking either side of the track. Quite a long hill but all the action is 100 yards from the start on a seemingly innocuous restart where the early morning mist settles and leaves a dampness on the polished cobbles. This restart has stopped the trial in recent years as car after car from all classes failed to leave the restart whether attempting the soft subtle approach or full on max revs all or nothing crowd pleasing attempt all have proved futile. Please park cars well below the entrance to the section. There won’t be room to turn around at the top of the lane so please park well below the section and well to one side to allow emergency vehicles and competitors to pass.

Excelsior

500 yards south of Hartington on B5054, 119/ 126601

From 06.50 The jagged rock steps are a formidable obstacle to overcome especially for those forced to try to stop and restart here. The sharp rocks have taken bites out of many tyres over the years and this year will be no exception. Motorcyclists struggle for balance between the rocks and many wobbles quickly become falls. Stand behind the wall to allow the recovery team to do their work as they are kept busy on the upper slopes on the highest restart. Plenty of thrills and spills guaranteed. Park sensibly in the village and walk in across the field behind the main street., great views of the whole hill.

Clough Mine

500 yards West of Darley Bridge, 119/ 258618

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From 07.30. The old mine workings have had extensive work this summer to guarantee they can stay open to all classes in all weathers. Two sections at this site with the major section having a long winding climb up the hill side with a muddy restart for most classes near the summit and for the specialised machinery a very steep restart on the final ramp to exit the workings. Guaranteed thrills spills and loud cheers for successful climbs a great location for a casual spectator. Please park considerately BEYOND the section entrance on the green lane. Or on the nearside verge well before the section in the woods. Do not block driveways or competitor’s access /exit

Litton Slack

2 miles east of Litton village 119/ 161732

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From 12.30pm. Save the best till last, we ve negotiated special parking with the farm at the top of the section. Drive down the road sign-posted ‘Litton Slack’ and park in the farm storage yard on the RIGHT about 100 yards before the farm house which is the top of the section. Then you can have a gentle stroll down to the top of the famous hill , take a deck chair, sandwiches and flask and watch 250 competitors start at the bottom of the hill by the fallen wall. The track immediately changes from cobbles to earth covering the original limestone track which predates the hills first use in 1919.

Beside the main trial awards competitors will be competing here for the Dick peachy Trophy for the ‘best’ attempt at the hill. The observers will vote at the end of the day for the worthiest recipient.. will it be for a successful climb or gallant failure, a sedate success or spectacular defeat?

By the time the competitors reach the hill bikes and cars will be well mixed up and the trial should take just under 6 hours to pass through. A fine way to end a days spectating.

Where not to spectate

The Peak District is an extremely sensitive area for all motorsport and maintaining good relations with those who live in the areas we pass through is essential to the continuity of the event. We therefore ask you NOT to spectate at those sections which are close to villages – this applies particularly to Litton Slack and Great Hucklow. In addition, many of the other sections used for the Edinburgh Trial are some distance from the public highway with inadequate, or non-existent, parking facilities. In short, if you’ve had enough of watching the trial at any of the three sections above, please offer to marshal on one of the others – it’s the only acceptable way to see them in use.

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