TOP 10 RUNS IN THE UK
Running seems to be becoming more and more popular these days, and as the weather becomes warmer more and more people are out pounding the pavements. According to Sport England over two million adults participate in athletics on a weekly basis and running club membership has been steadily increasing, especially with the growth of Parkrun. But what if you don’t want to just run around your local park all the time? Running the same route over and over can be quite uninspiring and can even become boring after a while.
With that in mind, here are our ten favourite places to run in the UK:
- Beachy Head, Sussex
The South Downs Way follows a huge chalk escarpment for 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne through the South Downs National Park; Beachy Head is at the very end of the trail and the path takes in the iconic chalk cliffs, beautiful woodland and a meandering river – as well as the gorgeous shingle beach. For details of this run check out Wild Running.
- The Lake District
The Lake District is amazing for fell running; if you’ve never been to the Lake District, now is the time to go! The scenery is simply jaw-dropping and the landscape is hugely popular with off-road runners. There are plenty of trails to challenge runners of all stages and abilities. To find specific routes check out Lakeland Trails.
- Brighton Sea Front
Brighton sea front is world famous and loved by many. There are several running routes along the sea front taking in some amazing views including the pier and the largest marina in the UK. All of the routes are on road and flat, so great for people who don’t feel too confident going off road; it’s also well lit so can be used early in the morning or late in the evening. To see the routes in detail check out the City Runs page.
- Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Bodmin Moor in the east of Cornwall is often overlooked in favour of Cornwall’s popular coastline – but it is a truly beautiful area, and great for running with a mixture of paths, track and open moorland. There are great, granite tors and stone circles all over the moor but possibly the best known are the Hurlers which are three ancient stone circles. Starting at Minions, the highest village in Cornwall, this run encompasses the Hurlers before following almost perfect running trails towards Sharptor. To see the full run, check out Wild Running.
- Loch Lomond
This run begins at Balloch, at the southern tip of Loch Lomond. It’s a 25 km cycleway and footpath, so great for people who like to stick to a set path. It ends in Tarbet, where you can stop and take a cruise of the Loch – a great way to recover from a long run! For details of the route see the map on Run My Route.
- Endcliffe Park, Sheffield
Just south of Sheffield city centre, Endcliffe Park is popular for lots of different sporting activities. There is woodland within the park which makes for a varied and scenic run for participants of all abilities. At 75.6 hectares there’s plenty of space for a long run, and there is also a car park, cafe and toilets. For details of the route check out City Runs.
- Bamburgh, Northumberland
This is a great place to run for people who enjoy history. There’s a large castle dating back to 547 AD with tales of Viking battles and all sorts of historical fun. The castle sits above the town, offering lovely views of the coastline as you run. For routes check out the Good Run Guide.
- The Peak District
We were going to recommend a specific running route, but it would have taken us all day to choose; with the Peak District you really are spoilt for choice. There are numerous different routes for fell runners of all abilities and levels. For a list of routes, check out Time Outdoors.
- Herrington Country Park, Sunderland
This huge green park is host to numerous events throughout the year. All running routes are off road, following gravel paths and there are several routes to choose from. The park is overlooked by Penshaw Monument and is one of the largest in Sunderland. For details of routes check out the Sunderland council website.
- Norfolk Broads
There are miles and miles of pathways alongside the canals and rivers of the Norfolk Broads. If you’re not a fan of hill runs, this is the place for you as it’s mostly flat; this means that runners of all levels are able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and tranquil surroundings. For details of routes check out the Norfolk Broads website.
Which is your favourite place to run? If we’ve missed out a fantastic place do let us know via Twitter @iamactivbod – we’re always looking for great new places to run!