Running in the South West

Organised running events are a great start for less confident runners, and you can track your improvement as many are timed. Alternatively head off on your own bespoke route through the gardens, parks and countryside cared for by the National Trust in the South West.

killerton parkrun summer


parkruns are free weekly runs, with a 5km version for adults and a 2km for kids.
They're a great way to get started in a supportive environment, and to track your progress because they're timed.
In the South West they're held at Bath Skyline, Killerton, Lanhydrock, Montacute House, Parke, Penrose and Plymbridge. All these locations are packed full of beautiful scenery and countryside to admire on your run.

Trial a Trust10 trail


Trust10 trail runs are your opportunity to escape into the outdoors and explore.
There's a variety of 2km, 4km, 6km or 10km routes, and they take place on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Saltram in Devon, and Tyntesfield near Bristol, both host Trust10 events.

Visitors running through countryside cared for by the National Trust

Running at Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre is surrounded by rugged coast land perfect for a challenging run. In June 2016 the first ever Coleton Footacher race took place, beginning and ending at Coleton Fishacre and taking in six miles of rugged South West Coast Path - an ideal route to follow.

A view across the top of Cheddar Gorge - a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills near the village of Cheddar, Somerset

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Runners at Cheddar Gorge can choose to head up the slope, or opt for a gentler route along a limestone valley.

Running on St Ives beach

Wild running in the South West 

Jen and Sim Benson are two dedicated runners who love to explore the country on a run. Here they've shared some of their top tips with us, and favourite National Trust routes.