Running routes with a view

When it comes to beautiful views, treadmills can't compete with trails in the great outdoors. We’ve hand-picked some of our favourite running routes with a view. Each trail takes you through one of the outdoor places we care for.

A misty morning over the Teign Valley seen from Castle Drogo
Walking trail

Castle Drogo, Devon 

This is perhaps the most famous walk on Dartmoor, but it also makes a great running trail. Begin beneath the imposing bulk of Castle Drogo – the last castle to be built in England – and follow the breathtaking Hunters Path high above the river Teign. Passing through woodland, over packhorse bridges and across open commons, there’s plenty to keep you interested.

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.

View from Mam Tor to Castleton Valley in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire

Dark Peak, Derbyshire

Run in dramatic landscapes at the places we look after in the Peak District. Pull on your trainers and head out to explore Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.

The Memorial Stone in Brandelhow Park, commemorating the first National Trust acquisition in the Lake District
Walking trail

Derwent Water, Cumbria 

Pull on your trainers and enjoy a gentle run along the quiet side of Derwent Water before heading through the tranquil parkland at Brandelhow, birthplace of the National Trust in the Lake District.

Walkers on Divis Mountain
Walking trail

Divis and the Black Mountain, County Antrim 

Walk or run this moderate dog-friendly trail and enjoy far-reaching views and a wealth of flora, fauna and archaeological remains.

Distant view of Fountains Abbey from Anne Boleyn's seat in Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

There are 800 acres of countryside to explore at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire. Which route will you take?

A view of the West Front of Leith Hill Tower, Dorking, Surrey

Leith Hill, Surrey

You can see 14 counties from the top of Leith Hill - which makes it worthwhile running to the top of the highest point in south-east England.

Two walkers under Sycamore Gap
Walking trail

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland 

Head out for a run along Hadrian’s Wall to the iconic Sycamore Gap to enjoy magnificent views of Hadrian's Wall country, explore natural wilderness and become immersed in the history as you return via the Roman Military Way.

Visitors running in the grounds of Lyme Park, House and Garden, Cheshire

Lyme, Cheshire

Join us for Lyme's Trust10 10k trail run, taking place on the fourth Sunday of every month. No booking needed, but admission fees apply.

East Front of Osterley Park, Middlesex, with snow covering the ground and a tree in the foreground

Osterley Park and House, London 

Line up outside Robert Adam's Grade I listed 'palace of palaces' before jogging, running or walking through the mansion's lavish grounds.

Trust10 runners

Polesden Lacey, Surrey

This Trust10 run takes place every fourth Sunday, giving you the opportunity to train on a 10k for your next big event.

The bay at Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula
Walking trail

Porthdinllaen 

There’s nothing better than a coastal trail to blow away the cobwebs. This run will reward you with stunning views in all directions as you follow it out along the Porthdinllaen headland - an outstanding wildlife haven. Grey seals are a particular highlight, and can often be seen hunting for fish along this stretch of coastline.

Snow providing a picture perfect landscape in the parkland.

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Sheringham Park, Norfolk, offers many running trails across its 1,000 acres. Pick your favourite view: woodland, parkland or cliffs.

Speke Hall's North Range on a frosty morning
Walking trail

Speke Hall, Liverpool 

Why pound the treadmill when you could be running along a coastal reserve path? Explore the full Speke Hall estate on this 2 mile route and let the fine views of the Wirral, North Wales and even Liverpool’s city centre skyline inspire you.