A Runner's Guide to the UK’s Best Running Routes

A Runner's Guide to the UK’s Best Running Routes

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Whether you're a seasoned marathoner or a casual jogger looking for a scenic escape, these UK cities are brimming with fantastic running routes:

From bustling cityscapes to tranquil parks and historic waterways, there's a path for your pace and preference. So, it’s time to ditch the treadmill and explore the streets (or parks, or canals) of these amazing UK cities – sporting your favourite SUDU trainers, of course!


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London may be a bustling metropolis, but it's not just about dodging double-decker buses and weaving through crowds of tourists! It also offers some surprising spaces for runners.

The Royal Parks [Difficulty: Moderate]

A regal route that winds through some of London's most iconic green spaces: St. James's Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Yup, all in one go! This roughly 6-mile loop takes you past Buckingham Palace, stunning monuments and serene lakes – a truly royal running experience.

The Thames Path [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

This route offers various distances, from a short jaunt to a full marathon, allowing you to admire iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Remember to watch out for cyclists and fellow runners, especially on weekends!

Regent's Canal [Difficulty: Easy]

This scenic route offers a mostly flat and traffic-free path that winds through charming neighbourhoods and past colourful houseboats. It's the perfect setting for a relaxed run or a leisurely stroll, offering a glimpse into a different side of London.


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As the home of iconic football clubs, legendary sporting events and, of course, SUDU, Manchester pulsates with a passion for physical activity, making it the ideal playground for runners of all levels.

The Manchester Marathon Route [Difficulty: Hard]

Marathoners, are you ready to test your mettle? More than just a run, this 26.2-mile course is a tour of Manchester's sporting soul, winding through the city centre and taking you past iconic landmarks like the Manchester United stadium and Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

The Bridgewater Canal [Difficulty: Easy]

Explore Manchester's historic waterways with a run along the Bridgewater Canal. It's mostly flat, it's traffic-free and it's the perfect place for a leisurely jog or a brisk power walk. You might even spot a narrowboat or two cruising along the canal.

Fletcher Moss Park [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

Choose your adventure – whether it's a leisurely lap around the flat perimeter path or a more rugged romp through the woodland sections, Fletcher Moss Park is an expansive green oasis just waiting to be explored. If you need to take a breather, why not soak in the scenery by the boating lake and recharge those running batteries?


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A city renowned for its rich maritime history, vibrant culture and breathtaking waterfront views, Liverpool offers an array of running routes to suit every preference.

Albert Dock Loop [Difficulty: Easy]

Once a hub of maritime activity, this historic docklands area has transformed into a vibrant destination adorned with shops, restaurants and bars, but the wide-open spaces and flat terrain make it perfect for a run,

Sefton Park Loop [Difficulty: Easy]

Nestled within Liverpool's Victorian landscape, Sefton Park offers an idyllic backdrop for your run. With winding paths, lush gardens and a serene boating lake, this park is the ideal choice for any runner who's looking for a relaxing run.

Mersey Tunnel 10k Route [Difficulty: Moderate]

This route follows the Mersey Tunnel, taking you along the banks of the River Mersey and through some of Liverpool's historic docklands. There's a mix of terrain on this route, with some gentle hills and some flat sections, that will put your fitness to the test. Be aware that there can be some traffic noise on parts of this route.


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Birmingham provides an idyllic setting for those eager to lace up their running shoes, inviting runners to explore its green spaces and waterways.

Cannon Hill Park [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

The heartbeat of Birmingham's running scene, Cannon Hill Park boasts a variety of trails catering to every level of runner. The park provides a backdrop of lush greenery and a picturesque lake for a scenic run; and offers both flat paths and gentle hills.

The Grand Union Canal [Difficulty: Easy]

This scenic route along the Grand Union Canal offers a mostly flat, traffic-free path that stretches for miles. Keep your eyes peeled for colourful canal boats bobbing along the water and charming canalside cafes where you can refuel before hitting the trail again.

Sutton Park [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

This sprawling green oasis is where the real adventure begins. With a flat perimeter path ideal for laps as well as trails that wind through woodlands and meadows, Sutton Park offers something for every kind of runner.


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Every cobblestone street in Edinburgh has centuries of history to tell, while its lush greenery and panoramic vistas make it a haven for runners.

The Meadows [Difficulty: Easy]

Nestled in the heart of the city, The Meadows is a roughly 2.5-mile path around the park which offers a flat and scenic course. If you're feeling brave, why not dive into the interior trails for a bit of a challenge? It's like running through a green oasis in the heart of the hustle and bustle.

Arthur's Seat [Difficulty: Hard]

This isn’t your average walk in the park. Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano that dominates the city skyline, an iconic landmark offers breathtaking panoramic views of Edinburgh and beyond. Ok, the climb might leave you huffing and puffing, but trust, the reward at the summit makes it all worthwhile.

The Royal Botanic Garden [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

Immerse yourself in nature with a run through the Royal Botanic Garden. This beautiful green space offers a variety of paths, including a peaceful walled garden and a picturesque pond. The gentle slopes and diverse flora make for a truly unique running experience.


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Despite its bustling streets and lively atmosphere, Cardiff surprises with plenty of green spaces and beautiful waterways – a refreshing retreat for runners.

Roath Park Lake [Difficulty: Easy]

Despite being the worst-kept secret among Cardiff runners, this 2-mile loop remains a beloved destination for both leisurely jogs and power walks, with the added bonus of spotting some paddle boats drifting lazily across the lake. Talk about picturesque!

Bute Park [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

The largest park in Cardiff, Bute Park offers a variety of trails, including a peaceful riverside path, a tranquil arboretum and even a castle. Whether you're looking for a gentle jog or a challenging hill workout, this park will not disappoint.

Taff Trail [Difficulty: Moderate]

Buckle up, this long-distance trail is about to take you on a journey through Cardiff's history and beauty. Following the path of the River Taff, you'll pass historic sites like Cardiff Castle and Pontcanna. The trail offers a variety of surfaces, from paved paths to gravel tracks, making it suitable for runners as well as cyclists – so keep an eye out!


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If you're a runner in Glasgow looking for a scenic running route, you're in luck! Because the city’s tranquil parks and riverside paths will sweep you off your feet – figuratively.

The Glasgow Riverside [Difficulty: Easy]

This route follows the River Clyde for several miles, taking you past impressive architecture like the Glasgow Science Centre and the Tall Ship Glenlee. And the best part? This route is mostly flat, so whether you're a seasoned runner or just starting out, you'll feel right at home.

Kelvingrove Park [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

Nestled in the heart of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Park is a popular spot for runners and walkers alike. The park offers a variety of paths, including a flat perimeter loop ideal for laps and more challenging woodland trails, you'll be surrounded by beauty with every step.

Pollok Country Park [Difficulty: Moderate]

Escape the urban environment and explore the natural beauty of Pollok Country Park. This expansive park boasts miles of trails, including a riverside path and a network of woodland tracks. It also features a stunning Victorian walled garden and a charming café – post-run refreshment, anyone?


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From the lively streets packed with history to the peaceful paths hugging the stunning coastline, there's something in Belfast for every runner.

Belfast City Half Marathon Route [Difficulty: Moderate]

Up for a challenge? Take on the official Belfast City Half Marathon route (or sections of it)! This scenic course winds through the city centre, taking you past iconic landmarks like Belfast City Hall, the Titanic Quarter and the historic St. Anne's Cathedral. Just be prepared for a few inclines along the way, and keep an eye out for traffic in certain areas.

Shore Path from Loughshore to Gideon's Green [Difficulty: Easy]

This coastal route stretches for several miles, offering stunning views of Belfast Lough and the distant mountains. With mostly flat and traffic-free paths, you'll have plenty of room to stretch your legs and let your mind wander.

Ormeau Park and the Lagan River [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

This route offers a variety of paths, including a flat perimeter loop around the park and a more challenging riverside trail. The park boasts beautiful gardens and a Victorian glasshouse, while the Lagan offers stunning views of the city skyline, it's like a breath of fresh air for your running routine.


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Bristol isn't just about its maritime past. Its unique charm lies in its blend of urban landscapes and lush greenery, which offers runners a diverse range of routes to choose from.

Bristol Harbourside [Difficulty: Easy]

Explore Bristol's vibrant waterfront with a run along the Harbourside. This scenic route is lined with historic docks, charming pubs and the iconic SS Great Britain – a slice of history right in the heart of the city! Just be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists, especially on weekends.

The Bristol Downs [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

The Bristol Downs is practically a runner’s playground, offering a variety of trails. Whether you're pounding out laps on the flat perimeter path or tackling the challenge of the hills, one thing’s for sure: you'll be treated to stunning panoramic views of Bristol and the surrounding countryside.

Leigh Woods [Difficulty: Moderate–Hard]

This National Trust site is a nature-loving runner’s dream come true, offering breathtaking views of the River Avon and a network of woodland trails that range from gentle paths to heart-pumping climbs. Keep an eye out for deer and other wildlife, you never know what you might encounter on your run here.


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Newcastle is a city rich in Roman heritage which dates back centuries, but it delivers much more than history – it also immerses you in picturesque scenery at every turn.

The Quayside [Difficulty: Easy–Moderate]

This route follows the River Tyne, taking you past iconic bridges like the Millennium Bridge and the Tyne Bridge. Be prepared for some inclines as you cross them and enjoy the lively pubs and cafes lining the Quayside for the perfect reward for your efforts.

Jesmond Dene [Difficulty: Easy]

Escape the city centre and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this peaceful park. With a variety of woodland trails, a serene lake and even a waterfall, you’ll feel like you’ve run into a fairy tale!

The Great North Run Course [Difficulty: Hard]

Challenge yourself with a run on a section of the famous Great North Run course. With its winding paths through the city centre and surrounding countryside, it's a challenge that will push you to your limits and beyond – but the sense of accomplishment? Priceless.

On Your Marks, Lace Up, Go!

Whichever city you choose to explore, be sure to gear up for your run with proper footwear and comfortable clothing.

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