Unforgettable runs at the places we look after
Our rangers have designed 11 invigorating trail runs through spellbinding landscapes. Run along rugged coastal headlands and listen to the sea smashing against the rocks below.
Find your rhythm along sun-dappled paths through ancient forests, discover mysterious ruins, and feel the wind on your face as you run across open moors met by endless sky.
Experts from our recommended outdoor retail partner Cotswold Outdoor and our rangers share their thoughts on what makes running at the places we look after so special.
From the breezy summit of Dorset’s Golden Cap to the ghostly remains of the copper mines nestled among the peaks of Snowdonia, our trail runs will take you to some unforgettable locations.
Take a break from pollution, long lines of noisy traffic and pounding the tarmac. In fact the only thing that will stop you in your tracks will be incredible wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery.
There’s a lot more to trail running than how fast you run or how far you go. We offer long and short trails to give runners of all abilities the chance to get close to wildlife and explore incredible landscapes.
Roisin Black, the ranger for the Yorkshire Dales, says: 'There's always something new to see as the seasons change – migrating birds in spring and wildflowers in summer,' says Roisin. 'I love the simplicity of trail running', adds Dan Marston, the manager of the Cotswold Outdoor store in Ambleside. 'I love the freedom running gives you. It’s just me and the ground.'
Ashley Lennon, the supervisor at the Cotswold Outdoor store in Guilford, loves exploring the countryside surrounding Polesden Lacey in Surrey. 'The North Downs and the Surrey Hills are full of endless amounts of history and beautiful landscapes.
'Surrey has everything from the wooded chalk slopes of the North Downs, to the beautiful and wildlife-rich heathland on the Greensand Ridge.'
Running is also a great way to keep fit, combat stress and boost your mood. 'Running keeps me sane. It’s time alone to get rid of the stresses of the day and think over problems', adds Dan.