Our top coastal running spots

Forget the treadmill, these coastal runs will really take your breath away. Whether you run for fitness, inspiration, or to get away from it all, Britain’s coast is a runner’s paradise. Countless miles of trails lay waiting to be explored with wildlife around every corner, not to mention those views. By taking your trainers to some of the places we look after, you’ll also be making a valuable contribution to their conservation.

Sunset over the sea thrift at Baggy Point, Croyde

Baggy Point, Devon

Run north from the popular surf beach of Croyde and you’ll discover one of Devon’s best-kept secrets. The headland of Baggy Point, with its high cliffs and expansive views of the North Devon coastline, is a real haven for wildlife.

Bluebells on the cliffs at Brean Down

Brean Down, Somerset

Run out along Brean’s 1.5 mile peninsula and you’ll take in panoramic views across the Bristol Channel to the Holm islands, South Wales and beyond. If you get there early enough, you’ll see the sun rise over the Mendip Hills and strike the rising mist, filling the downs with light.

A view of Gribbin Head, Cornwall taken from Coombe
Walking trail

Gribbin Head, Cornwall 

Head east from the National Trust car park and discover the wild countryside and hidden coves that inspired Daphne Du Maurier’s legendary novels. At Fowey you can circle back over grasslands or, for a longer route, continue up the estuary.

Woody Bay Coach Path Trees

Heddon Valley, Devon 

Hidden in the West Exmoor coast, Heddon Valley lies between the towering cliffs of Hangman Hills and the tree-backed cove of Woody Bay. Open moorland, woodland waterfalls, and an ever-changing seascape are just some of the highlights that make it a must for runners.

Golden cap summit with low sun and pink heather in the foreground, coast in the background

Jurassic Coast, Devon and Dorset 

From the clifftop paths around Burton Bradstock and Exmouth to the long beaches of Branscombe and Ringstead Bay, runners are spoilt for choice along this 95-mile stretch of World Heritage coastline. Who knows, you might even find a few fossils on your circuit.

Sunset over the cliffs at Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

With 1,000 acres of landscaped park and woodland gardens to discover, Sheringham Park has a huge choice of running trails. There are lots of natural highlights to spot along the way, too.

Sand dunes overlooking the beach at Freshwater West

Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

On a run along Stackpole’s eight miles of coast, you’ll find a landscape that alternates between cliffs and coves, rolling dunes and hidden bays. Head inland around the Bosherston Lakes and you might be lucky enough to spot the resident otters, or water birds gliding across the water.

Cliffs bathed in golden early morning sunlight with Souter Lighthouse in the distance

The Leas, Tyne and Wear

Running from Souter Lighthouse over the grassy clifftops, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the North Sea’s many winged residents. Kittiwakes, fulmars, cormorants, shags and guillemots can all be seen diving into the sea, nesting in the limestone cliffs and filling the sky.

Rosebay willowherb on the Whitehaven coast, Cumbria

Whitehaven, Cumbria

Once a hive of coal-mining activity for over 250 years, Whitehaven has now been reclaimed by nature. Run along the clifftops towards St Bees Head and you might spot some of the puffins, guillemots and razorbills that live here. You could even take a diversion to one of the secluded beaches along the way.