Running routes for beginners

There are loads of beautiful places across the country waiting for you and your running shoes to arrive. From gentle lakeside runs, to coastal paths, to routes through rolling meadows, there’s an outdoor gym for everyone. So if you're looking for a new way to stay in shape, the places we care for make the perfect backdrop. Take a look at our shortlist of fantastic running routes for beginners.

View of the 'classical side' of Castle Ward with Strangford Lough beyond

Run at Castle Ward, County Down

There's something for runners of all levels at Castle Ward, as well as loughs, a 15th century castle and stunning scenery to keep you going.

View of the bridge at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Run at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

On or off road, Clumber Park has plenty of different routes and is the perfect place to give running a go.

Runner jumping off a rock at Malham Tarn

Darnbrook Middlehouse and Malham Tarn trail run 

An exhilarating trail run around the Malham Tarn Estate, along grassy tracks and open moorland, and through spectacular scenery.

The bridge over the millstream at sunset at Flatford Mill, Suffolk

Run at Flatford, Essex 

Be inspired to run in the heart of Constable country, taking in the famous scenery at Flatford.

The Palladian Chapel, begun in 1760 to the design of James Paine, at Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne

Run at Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Run through the winding paths and open spaces of Gibside. And if you need a bit of encouragement, join one of our free friendly runs to get you started.

The view at Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria

Run at Grasmere, Cumbria

Whether it's the flat lakeshore or the rugged hills, there are plenty of places to run in Grasmere, whatever your experience.

A view over the Devil's Punch Bowl, Hindhead, Surrey

Run at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl, Surrey 

Run through ancient woods and heaths in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and maybe pop into the café when you've finished.

An avenue of autumnal beech trees in the grounds at Killerton, Devon, in September

Run at Killerton, Devon

Killerton Park has 60 miles of footpaths to run on and a weekly parkrun open to all abilities. What are you waiting for?

Join hundreds of people in getting active after dark at Nostell Night Run, Wakefield

Night Run at Nostell

Join us to illuminate Nostell’s night sky. Night Run is back at Nostell in 2019. Night Run is a national series of night-time trail running events, held in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor.

A view of the wooden bridge over Bosherston Lily Pond at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

Run at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

Five kilometres of flat, solid paths make Stackpole an ideal place for beginners to run. There are beautiful views and wildlife to take your mind off it.

View across Peppercombe and Portledge

Peppercombe Valley Circular 

This is a one mile circular route starting and finishing at Peppercombe, taking in wooded valleys and quiet tracks.