Where is your favourite place to run?

The annoyances when out runnning thread got me thinking about what makes running enjoyable

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06/08/2014 at 14:16

For me it is running in Windsor Great Park during the winter. At that time of the year it usually free of dog walkers, pedestrians, cyclist and cars. Infact sometimes I can do a 10 mile loop and not come across another person for the entire time. Bliss

06/08/2014 at 14:39

Good shout!  Some of my favourite runs have been when I've had the opportunity to run abroad in a complete change of scenery; the 13 mile road from Positano on the Amalfi coast, to Sorrento takes some beating.  

But in terms of regular running routes, maybe Oxleas Wood.  Just over a mile from home and a classic reminder of how green London can be if you know where to go.  A beautiful running surface on the paths and a nice mix of flat or up and down to use for hilly fartleks or easy runs.  Ironically given some of the subject matter of the other thread you mention, you get a lot of dogs over there but I've always found them to be very friendly (or completely disinterested!)  



06/08/2014 at 16:31

I live close to Tooting Common but also within reach over a few other commons in South West London. Tooting Common has some wooded areas and is pretty pleasant, although after nearly 20 years in the area, it is very familiar to me now. I have been known to do a run that encompasses Tooting, Clapham and Wandsworth Commons and if I'm feeling particularly masochistic, Streatham Common is brutally hilly. I enjoyed Wimbledon Common the most, however, back when I used to work there and would pop out for a run at lunchtime. I'm back there for a half marathon in October (if my calf heals up in time). Looking forward to it.

06/08/2014 at 16:39

Regular runs take place around various North London parks including Hampstead Heath and Ally Pally (pic).  



06/08/2014 at 16:52

Anywhere by the sea is always a treat.

06/08/2014 at 18:16

Good thread topic Kenbro.

I've not done much running there because I live at the other end of the country, but the place I've enjoyed running the most has been the Lake District. My godparents live in Borrowdale and I've been running on the roads and a little on the fells up there when I've visited. It's absolutely beautiful whatever the weather.


06/08/2014 at 18:28

When down in London, always Hyde Park.

I do love to run around Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and have done so many times..

06/08/2014 at 18:37

I've always enjoyed Richmond Park. Great at any time of the year but best in January and February on a crisp, frosty morning with the sun out - really special. It's also a great place to train, a nice mix of terrain with nothing extreme and always full of fellow runners which I find inspiring. Especially when you see an elite such as Jo Pavey.

06/08/2014 at 20:06

Stevenage town  centre





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06/08/2014 at 20:23

River Wey, North Downs, St Martha's, Leith Hill- I love it all and it's all in one place

06/08/2014 at 20:49

In Reading, where I live, there's a surprisingly good number of routes along the river and traffic-free. From Caversham bridge downstream along the Thames to Sonning bridge with detours round the nature reserve is good. From the same place upstream on either side of the river, as far as Whitchurch toll bridge and back is a fave.

When back home in Cornwall, the coastal path from Gwithian along the towans, across the Red River and on to Godrevy Lighthouse and towards Portreath - love it, even when it's blowing a hoolie and pissing down horizontally (as it often is).

06/08/2014 at 22:03

Faithsdaddy, snap. Plus Box Hill, Ranmore, Holmbury St Mary und so weiter

06/08/2014 at 22:20

I love Box Hill and Leith Hill having done a few Trionium events plus some training runs there. A "bit" on the tough side though, especially if you want a trip down the stairs to the stepping stones!!

06/08/2014 at 22:25

I've done some Trionium events. They're good. Well organised but just small enough. Great giveaways.

06/08/2014 at 22:44

Box Hill ... the Midsummer Munro ... *shudder*

06/08/2014 at 23:11

Yup - the Midsummer Munro is really tough but the Greensand Marathon finished me off! But for fun the Knacker Cracker is my favourite! Tough enough but recovery in a reasonable time.

07/08/2014 at 01:49

Any woodland run, like that photographed by phil

07/08/2014 at 07:11
Muttley - agree with the Thames east of central Reading. Part of it is on my daily running commute, and I'll quite happily extend it to take in more of the river now and then.

My personal favourite is Ashenbury Park on the eastern edge of Woodley in winter, because it turns into proper cross country terrain and is good fun to charge around. Not too many other people use it either.
07/08/2014 at 07:37

The run up to the top of Wiswell moor in East lancs.  The lung busting climbs are rewarded with stunning views of Pendle, Pen-Y-Ghent and Ingleborough, and absolutely no people.

07/08/2014 at 08:05

Hope Valley in the Peak District. Some great climbs up Mam Tor, Win Hill, Lose Hill and Ringing Roger. Bloomin hard work to get to the top but the views are amazing. When the weather is a bit cooler you can go for miles and not see another person, love it.

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