Runs with a view
When it comes to beautiful views treadmills cannot compete with trails. We’ve handpicked our eight favourite runs with a view, proving that you don’t have to go abroad to complete an awe-inspiring bucket list – we’ve got plenty of incredible trails here in the UK.
There are 800 acres of countryside to explore around Fountains Abbey. Run past ancient trees, follies and through a medieval deer park. The best view can be had at a spot called Surprise View. Follow the signs for High Ride and race to the top.
Other runs with a view in the North East:
*There are few views more steeped in history than the wilderness surrounding Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland.
*Lakes, a pinetum and views of the Coquet Valley at Cragside, Northumberland.
*Lakeside views and wild flower meadows at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire.
*If you can run to the top of Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire, you deserve to enjoy the views from the summit.
*Panoramic views and ruins at Gibside, Tyne and Wear.
Mam Tor stands at the western end of the Hope Valley, its dramatic landslip showing the insides of what would otherwise be a gently rolling hill. Run up the stone steps to the summit for dramatic panoramic views. Alternatively visit Kinder Scout, the highest spot in the Peak District, a windswept plateau with mysterious rock formations, for more challenging terrain.
Other runs with a view in the Midlands:
*Views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Welsh borders from the Clent Hills, Worcestershire.
*Run past views designed by ‘Capability’ Brown at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire.
*Views across the River Avon, ancient trees and deer park at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire.
*Impressive views of the Peak District on our Froggatt Edge loop in Longshaw, Derbyshire.
Wherever you run at Rhossili you are guaranteed a great view. Go barefoot on the long sandy beach, run to the top of Rhossili Down for views of the peninsula or take the flat route along the cliff to the Old Coastguard lookout.
Other runs with a view in Wales:
*With its elevated position and multi-layered gardens there are views-a-plenty at Powis Castle, Powys.
*Cwm Idwal, in Gwynedd, has some of the most dramatic, mountainous scenery in the UK.
*Views across the Menai Strait to the mountains of Snowdonia at Plas Newydd, Anglesey.
*Grasslands, old oaks and a climb up to the ruins at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire.
This area of the Lake District is home to England’s highest mountain, Scarfell, and the deepest lake, Wastwater. It offers both flat lakeside jogs and challenging fell-runs. On a calm day Wastwater lake is like a mirror, reflecting the surrounding mountains, but weather in the Lakes is very variable so please make sure you come with the right kit.
Other runs with a view in London and the North West:
*Gentle trails, rugged fells and rivers make Buttermere, Ennerdale and Whitehaven Coast, in Cumbria, a view-seeker’s paradise.
*Sizergh, Cumbria, is adored by fell runners because of its classic mountain and river scenery. There are nice routes along the banks of the River Kent here.
*There’s plenty of trails to choose from at Grasmere, Cumbria. Most routes have the mountains of the Lake District as a backdrop.
*The Cage at Lyme Park, in Cheshire, overlooks the moors and 1,300 acres of parkland. It’s well worth running up Cage Hill for the view.
Leith Hill is the highest point in south-east England so if you’re looking for a run with a view this is a great place to explore. Have you got the energy to run up the gothic tower? You can take a breather at the top whilst you look for all 14 counties.
Other runs with a view in London and the South East:
*Coastline running is at its best along the gleaming chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters, Sussex.
*Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire, provides open downs, woodlands and panoramic views from the top of the Bridgewater Monument.
*250 acres of temples, monuments, lakes and bridges at Stowe, Buckinghamshire.
*A world-famous view awaits runners in Oxfordshire, in the form of a white horse.
*Cliff-top views of the Solent and unspoilt countryside at the Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight.
*Perhaps the most famous of all British views, the White Cliffs of Dover, in Kent, give far-reaching views towards the French coast.
*Run through the woodland between Chartwell and Toys Hill for views over the Weald, in Kent.
Sheringham Park was designed by Humphry Repton with creating impressive views in mind. There are 1000 acres of woodland, parkland and cliff-tops to explore and many different trails. With sea views like this, it’s easy to see why our weekly parkrun is so popular.
The largest sea lough in the British Isles provides an unusual view for runners and walkers alike. It has over 100 islands within its waters and plenty of trails in the surrounding area. Our route from Castle Ward to the south shores of the lough takes you past a ruined castle, woodland and follies.
Other runs with a view in Northern Ireland:
*Views of the wild North Atlantic, strange basalt columns and dramatic cliffs at Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim.
At almost 400ft (122m) deep and three miles (4.8km) long, gorges don’t come much more spectacular than this. Our four mile (6.4km) route takes you up and down both sides of Cheddar Gorge or, alternatively, you can take the gentler route through a hidden limestone valley.
Other runs with a view in the South West:
*Bath Skyline, Somerset, promises six miles (9.7km) of picturesque views .
*The Teign Valley Circuit takes you across Dartmoor, with views of Castle Drogo, Devon.
*Stourhead, in Wiltshire, is famous for its magnificent views. Here you will find landscape gardens, classic temples and mystical grottoes.