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Unforgettable trail runs designed by our rangers

Runners on the woodland trail at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Runners on a woodland trail | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

These trail runs will show you some of the best sights at the places we care for. They've been hand-picked by the rangers who care for them, so you're bound to encounter some of the best sights nature has to offer.

Blickling Estate, Norfolk
With its yew hedges, gardens and acres of historic parkland, Blickling Estate is a great place to run. This looped trail will take you alongside lakes and quiet woods, where you might spot barn owls flying silently between the trees. Find your rhythm along winding paths, enjoying the shelter from towering trees, and admire gardens as you start your cool-down.Go on a Ranger Run at Blickling Estate
Coleton Fishacre, Devon
Starting in Coleton Fishacre’s exotic garden, this run is filled with natural highlights. Run along coastal paths and listen to the sea crashing against the jagged rocks below. You'll also pass the aquamarine waters of Pudcombe Cove and Froward Point – a Second World War gun emplacement with views over the craggy slopes of Mewstone.Go on a Ranger Run around Coleton Fishacre
Craflwyn, Gwynedd
Steeped in myth and legend, the rugged landscape at Craflwyn will capture your imagination. Follow the circular trail through the slopes of the Nant Gwynant valley, along the lower slopes of Snowdon and past the ghostly remains of old copper mines. You'll also run past waterfalls with jagged rock faces where you can hear the roar of tumbling streams.Go on a Ranger Run at Craflwyn
East Soar, Devon
Head out on this circular run along the cliffs at East Soar. You'll run through a wild, partially tamed landscape with views of the Atlantic Ocean, sandy beaches and farmland. For wildlife, you'll be able to spot long-horned Highland cattle peacefully grazing on the rich grassland and see raptors flying overhead.Go on a Ranger Run at East Soar
View of a tarn at Holme Fell at Tarn Hows and Coniston, Cumbria
View of a tarn at Holme Fell at Tarn Hows and Coniston, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/Pete Tasker
Golden Cap, Dorset
This figure-of-eight loop will get your heart pumping. You'll pass through hay meadows, follow coastal paths with enticing sea views and summit Golden Cap – the highest point on the south coast. Look out for buzzards and kestrels scanning the hedgerows and peregrine falcons coasting high above the clifftops.Go on a Ranger Run at Golden Cap
Malham Tarn, Yorkshire
Fill your lungs with fresh air as you run along open spaces, and stop to admire the glacial lake at Malham Tarn. We've planted trees and plants which attract wildlife and add natural variation to the landscape. Follow the Pennine Way up across vast moorland and onto Fountains Fell, which boasts spectacular views of the Three Peaks and Ribblesdale.Go on a Ranger Run at Malham Tarn
Polesden Lacey, Surrey
At Polesden Lacy, take a break from the everyday when you run wild across historic parkland. Listen to your feet pounding the ground when you run through peaceful woods, and look out over acres of chalk grassland as you emerge from the trees.Go on a Ranger Run at Polesden Lacey
Rhosili, Swansea
This invigorating 10km trail will take you along stretches of coastline and rugged headland overlooking the sea. You’ll also see a patchwork of fields full of vital habitats, testament to the nature-friendly work of rangers and local farmers. Take off your trainers when you’re on Rhosili beach so you can feel the sand between your toes.Go on a Ranger Run at Rhosili
Souter Lighthouse, Tyne and Wear
Discover how wildlife now dominates a landscape once known for its coal mining industry. Starting at the red and white tower of Souter Lighthouse, this short but enjoyable run takes in a full lap of the Whitburn Coastal Park nature reserve. Once full of pitheads, it now features a variety of wildlife habitats, including ponds and an artificial sand martin nest bank.Souter Ranger Run

How your trail run helps look after nature and wildlife

We know that when people love spending time in a place surrounded by natural beauty, they’re more motivated to look after it. Trail runners support our work by spending money in our car parks, cafés and shops, as well as with National Trust membership or generous donations.

Funds go towards local projects, such as the tree-planting and controlled grazing that have helped Malham Tarn and Fountains Fell in Yorkshire become full of life.

The support we get from runners goes beyond the money they spend at our places:

Many runners pick up rubbish as they go, which is a very simple way to help with conservation. Some runners also volunteer with us, to learn more about the landscape they run in and help to protect it for future generations.

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A group of visitors cycling through the Wallington estate in autumn

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