Whether you’re an experienced long-distance runner or someone who simply loves a steady jog, you’ll relish discovering the astonishing landscapes and nature the National Parks have to offer.
From loch shore to coastline, forest or mountain, there are a multitude of breathtaking landscapes and trails to enjoy while out running. Home to some of the most beautiful running routes in the UK, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where your next trail will be.
From the tranquil lochs to the challenging mountain terrains, there’s a route to challenge all abilities whilst offering stunning views of the landscape. You could even try running a stretch of one of the long distance trails which pass through the area including the West Highland Way, Rob Roy Way or the Three Lochs Way. Click here to discover popular routes.
Whether you've just bought your first pair of trainers, or have 1000's of miles under foot, Dalby Forest has a wealth of trails for all runners. You can choose from a number of way marked running routes that range from 1km to 10km and explore this stunning forest at your own pace.
The Park boasts trails which offer spectacular views and a variety of challenges to inspire runners of all levels. Fell running offers a specialised type of long-distance running over rough and rugged terrain. Runners cross moorland, rocky paths and steep hillsides. And there are plenty of areas to explore at a gentler place including Breamish Valley, College Valley and Simonside Hills.
Whether it’s the demanding 21 miles of the ‘Edale Skyline’ (with 4,500ft of climb to boot!) or a gentle jog on level and surfaced trails along the Peak District’s former rail routes, there’s plenty to suit every set of trainers.
The New Forest is fairly flat, with no mountains to slow your stride, and running is a wonderful way to see the New Forest National Park close up. There are many routes taking you into the woods, by the sea, over heath or past rivers and streams. Take a look at some great routes and download the free app for walking (and running).
Fell running is one of the Yorkshire Dales oldest sports. There are nearly 50 unique fell running events throughout the year. If you are looking for a race in or near a picturesque village with a great pub, try Cracoe, Dent, Embsay or Kettlewell. For fell races with a bit more happening, such as music, food and fun stuff to do and watch, visit Arncliffe, Buckden, Burnsall, Halton Gill or Hebden.