If you are looking for a break from your normal running route while at the same time exploring some of the most beautiful views that the UK has to offer than you have come to the right place. In this blog we will look at a handful of fantastic running routes that will help you get in your exercise while capturing some stunning views along the way.
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset:
With some stunning scenic views and a challenging terrain this walk is not for the faint of heart but does provide a fantastic reward for your efforts. With some rare wildlife and plants dotted along the journey it provides the perfect backdrop to a Sunday run. The journey itself is 4 miles long allowing you to traverse through fields, forests and through the stony streets of Somerset so no one will blame you for stopping on occasion to see over the 3-mile-long gorge or even stop at a local pub to reward yourself for your efforts.
Clumber Park, Nottingham:
While this path is a little easier than Cheddar Gorge it still provides some stunning scenery along the way. Most of the paths throughout the park are tarmacked or woodland paths so most trainers or trail running shoes will suffice. Also, each Saturday the park is used as a parkrun event form 9am; this is completely free and covers 5km of the park so provides a great chance to meet other runners and start your weekend off right.
Kingston Lacy Woodland Trail, Dorset:
A beautiful location for someone who might just be getting in to trail running, along the path you will catch stunning glimpses of the estate as you travel through woodland and parkland surrounding the grounds. Along the journey you might even meet Red Ruby Cattle which belong to the estate and are very rare animals in the UK. Feeling hungry, along the way you can stop at the picnic area and rest up and drink in the beautiful surroundings the trails have to offer.
Porthdinllaen, Llyn Peninsula:
A little bit of a different trail path in this space, the stunning path overlooks the magnificent beach that welcomes you to the Irish Sea, home to some of the most rare and wonderful animals in the UK such as the seals who travel just offshore around this patch of mainland and can be seen on some occasions throughout your trail run. Whether you’re a fan of a British seaside or not this trail offers great paths to run while also providing you with stunning scenery throughout.
Not for the faint of heart this 6 mile long trail offers you a challenge however equal to the challenge of the trail is the views you will experience throughout, travelling past beaches, dunes and freshwater lakes you will be able to experience one of the best environments that is available to us, alongside this the wildlife in the area is vast and in some cases indigenous to only a few areas around the UK; animals such as otters, bats and various sea birds can be spotted along the path. Would recommend a nice pair of trail boots as the journey can be difficult in some places.
These are just a selection of some of the stunning locations available to you. However, we would love to hear from you, is there someone you have been that has provided a beautiful backdrop to your run and if you have been to one of these we would love to hear your opinion on them.