Best places to go running around Berkshire

Runners in the Chiltern hills

For some, running is as essential as breathing. For others, a little motivation is required. This could be a goal in the form of a 10k to work towards, or simply an amazing view or a different route to try. We have them all in the Berkshire area.

If you're starting out, a good way to begin on a more domestic scale before you hit the open countryside is to follow a ready made trail. Cliveden's fitness trail weaves through its beautiful woodland. It also has the advantage of sitting on a plateau above the River Thames so has the dual advantage of amazing views but the option of no hills. There are ten exercise stations on the trail including straddle jump, pole climb, vault and parallel bars. 

Basildon Park also has a range of parkland walks that will repurpose as short runs to build confidence. 

When you're ready to hit the open countryside, Maidenhead and Cookham Commons has some lovely runs with a river view and relatively flat profile. In winter, wading and water birds flock to the marshes and in summer the meadows are bright with wild flowers. 

As you get more confident, it's time to hit the hills. The Chilterns is close enough to be accessible if you're looking far-reaching views, rolling hills and beech woodlands. There are many beautiful running routes to inspire you. If you need a goal to work towards, the Bradenham Bolt 10k trail run is held in October on the Bradenham Estate near High Wycombe. It's a fully off-road run and you can even take your dog along with you (on a canicross harness). 

For training runs in the area, any of the downloadable walks in the Chilterns Countryside can be used as running routes. There are distances ranging from two to eight and a half miles, so plenty of choice, whatever your ability. 

As with all our runs and walks, fantastic views are guaranteed.