Running routes for beginners

There are loads of beautiful places across the country waiting for you and your running shoes to arrive. From gentle lakeside runs, to coastal paths, to routes through rolling meadows, there’s an outdoor gym for everyone. So if you're looking for a new way to stay in shape, the places we care for make the perfect backdrop. Take a look at our shortlist of fantastic running routes for beginners.

View of the West or Garden Front of Osterley Park and House, Middlesex, in September
Join the weekly free parkrun at Osterley - a friendly timed 5km at 9am on Saturdays National Trust Images / James Dobson

Run at Osterley Park, London

Escape the city for a run at Osterley Park. Its ancient meadows, farmland and park are great to explore on a run.

View of the bridge at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
If you're new to running, you'll find some lovely scenic paths at Clumber Park National Trust

Run at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

On or off road, Clumber Park has plenty of different routes and is the perfect place to give running a go.

The Palladian Chapel, begun in 1760 to the design of James Paine, at Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne
Distract yourself from your run by spotting Gibside's elegant historic buildings en route National Trust Images / Robert Morris

Run at Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Run through the winding paths and open spaces of Gibside. And if you need a bit of encouragement, join one of our free friendly runs to get you started.

A view over the Devil's Punch Bowl, Hindhead, Surrey
Keep your eyes peeled for wild ponies and cattle as you run around Hindhead National Trust Images / John Miller

Run at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl, Surrey 

Run through ancient woods and heaths in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and maybe pop into the café when you've finished.

View of the 'classical side' of Castle Ward with Strangford Lough beyond
Castle Ward with Strangford Lough beyond, County Down National Trust Images / Nick Meers

Run at Castle Ward, County Down

There's something for runners of all levels at Castle Ward, as well as loughs, a 15th century castle and stunning scenery to keep you going.

The view at Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria
Whether you want to run up hills or walk around a beautiful lake, Grasmere's fresh air and views will invigorate you National Trust Images / Steven Barber

Run at Grasmere, Cumbria

Whether it's the flat lakeshore or the rugged hills, there are plenty of places to run in Grasmere, whatever your experience.

A view of the wooden bridge over Bosherston Lily Pond at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
Head out for a gentle run around Stackpole's lakes and you might be lucky enough to spot an otter National Trust Images / Robert Morris

Run at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

Five kilometres of flat, solid paths make Stackpole an ideal place for beginners to run. There are beautiful views and wildlife to take your mind off it.

The bridge over the millstream at sunset at Flatford Mill, Suffolk
The bridge over the millstream at sunset at Flatford Mill, Suffolk National Trust Images / Ian Shaw

Run at Flatford, Essex 

Be inspired to run in the heart of Constable country, taking in the famous scenery at Flatford.

Visitors at the Obelisk Lodge, in the grounds of Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire
There's a free 5km parkrun at Nostell Priory every Saturday morning, and you can run here any time National Trust

Run at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire

With rolling countryside, woods and tracks, Nostell Park is the ideal place for a run.

An avenue of autumnal beech trees in the grounds at Killerton, Devon, in September
Killerton is one of our places that hosts a parkrun every week, and there are 60 miles of paths to explore whenever you visit National Trust Images / Clive Nichols

Run at Killerton, Devon

Killerton Park has 60 miles of footpaths to run on and a weekly parkrun open to all abilities. What are you waiting for?