There are two types of runners: those who pound the pavement and those who take on the trails, but they both want the same thing – epic views. From the bright lights of London’s skyline to the spider web of Britain’s best footpaths, running is better with a view. That’s why we’ve pulled together the UKs best running spots.
Gower Peninsular, Wales
The dramatic landscape of the Gower Peninsula is more than just the UKs first place to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; it’s also one the most epic destinations for trail running – especially the Rhossili Ranger Run. Following the Coast Path along the Rhossili Down, across a 3-mile stretch of golden sands and then the dramatic headland of Worms Head, this is nothing short of a pinch yourself running route.
Box Hill, Surrey
Nothing beats running up the iconic Box Hill, especially at sunrise when the hills are painted gold and the endless-woods glisten in the morning mist. Boasting technical terrain, steep ascents, erratic conditions and pinch-yourself views, getting down n’ dirty on the Box Hill trails is a must for every runner.
Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
More than just a run, this is a route packed full of views, history and enough steep climbs to break a sweat, every section of this 73-mile Roman wall winds its way through some of England’s most unforgettable views.
Thames Path, London
Whether you prefer to run at sunrise or sunset, the Thames Path is as simple as it is soul-stirring. Backlit by a gradient sky, the route along the south bank toward Battersea Park has it all: silhouetted skyscrapers, houseboats, the impressive Battersea Power Station and the spectacular river. And when you reach the far end of the park, simply cross the Albert Bridge and run back again.
Ullswater, Lake District
For those that want to escape the beaten trails and make your own way over hills, through bogs and scrambling over scree, there is only one place to try fell running and that’s the Lake District, especially Ullswater. Think deep valleys carved out by a glacier, a huge glistening lake, moor-covered fells and the razor ridges of Cumbria's mountains in the background.