Route Overview

Newlands – Kings Blockhouse – Mowbray Ridge – Knife Edge – Devils Peak – Ledges – Maclears beacon – Skeleton Gorge – Contour path – Newlands

Newland’s forest is on the Western slopes of Table Mountain, a beautiful wooded network of trails. From the top of ledges we summit Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain and take a well deserved fuel stop and rest.

We then head down Smuts track to the wonderful Skeleton gorge and descent the ladders to the bottom before we begin a great run a cross the contour path to the start. Your run leader will show you the incredible gorges along the way and you can arrange an excursion if time permits.

We are often ‘running in the clouds’ as we head up the slopes of Devils Peak and down the other side to begin one of the Tables most iconic climbs – ‘Ledges’

Most Capetonians don’t realise that you can head to the highest point on Table mountain up this lesser known and challenging route, no markers exist but we will bring you safely to the top of the mountain.

We will soon be running uphill on grassy slopes heading towards the King Blockhouse where we will pause before we take on Mowbray ridge and head up, up and up towards a stunning ridge line known as ‘knife edge’.


4-5 hours




+800m elevation


Rating: Moderate

What Is Included

  • Introductory safety briefing with the team
  • Accommodation (excluding 1 day package)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary

What Is Not Included

  • Flights (to/from Cape Town)
  • Snacks during your runs
  • Single room supplements
  • Personal insurance

What To Bring

If you are unsure as to what you’ll need when you’re on the trails, please see our recommended kit list. The great news is that The Vine is also a running shop so if for any reason for forget some essential kit – we have you covered!


Please view our available packages or contact us to make a booking.


‘’The go to place to run in Hout Bay and Cape Town. The Vine has grown into a ‘’Tribe’’ where people visiting from abroad or locals in the community can meet, run and cycle with fellow fitness enthusiasts. I’ve been running with The Vine on a regular basis and met some fantastic people. I look forward to the weekly runs and especially the longer weekend ones. ‘’ Garryth, August 2019

‘’Coming from the Netherlands, I love both mountains and running (but unfamiliar with the trails), The Vine was the perfect running company to help me get into trail running. Innes and team have a great, well organised setup, with a variety of routes. It’s very inspirational to run with super experienced guys but also being able to safely slow down where needed. Under supervision of a guide.’’ Esther, April 2019

"Innes has created an amazing community at The Vine. The trail runs he organises and always fun, challenging and safe. Added to that some of the best coffee and food in Cape Town post run makes The Vine a must for any runners visiting the Mother City". Ian, Feb 2019

 ‘’The vine is an extraordinary place that invites runners of all abilities. The community, sense of adventure and the dynamics of Innes and the team make one feel at home. The beauty of Hout Bay, as a location and with access to Table Mountain within running distance places the Vine at the zenith of Cape Town trail running.’’ Adam, September 2018

“Many great trail adventures had with Innes Smith and The Vine on some of Table Mountain’s lesser known routes.  A knowledgeable guide with a wealth of trail running experience…” Dale, July 2018

‘’I’ve discovered the most exquisite parts of the Table Mountain range since running with Innes and The Vine.  Every run is an absolute adventure, but I always feel safe enough to say yes and go for it.  And I’m never ever disappointed. Innes is really friendly, personable and approachable, and he’s an absolute mountain goat and can run with the best. Only come if you want to have the best time!  And you can look forward to expanding your definition of trail in the most beautiful city in the world’’ Suzanne, May 2018

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