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. Or you could head off on your own bespoke route through the gardens, parks and countryside cared for by the National Trust in the South West.

Trust10 runners on the beach at Studland Bay


Trust10 trail runs are a chance to escape into the outdoors, get some exercise and take in spectacular scenery for free, on the fourth Sunday of every month. In the South West they take place at Avebury, Coleton Fishacre, Godophin, Saltram, Studland Bay and Tyntesfield.

Night running an after dark event at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Join us for a Night Run

Ever wanted to run around the gardens of a Tudor manor house at night, or explore ancient woodlands after dark? Come and join us on a Night Run. You can book online at a place near you.

Runer at Golden Cap

Unforgettable runs at the places we look after 

Running at the places we care for is unforgettable. Designed by rangers and running experts, our trails will take you through ancient woodland, meadows studded with wildflowers and over rugged headland with uninterrupted views of the sea. In the South West there are Ranger Runs at Coleton Fishacre and East Soar in Devon, and Golden Cap in Dorset.

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.

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.