London is one of the greatest cities for runners. There are parks at every corner and running routes for the numerous runners that jog down every street, canal, park that they can find. Below are some popular and some hidden routes in London Town. If you’re ever around, make sure to lace up and run. The crisp air, and nippy weather is always a treat find your runner’s high.
River Thames Sightseeing Tour
This run along the Thames takes you to some of the most popular sights in London. Starting with the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben as well as the Houses of Parliament.
Four Royal Parks
Shaded paths, ponds, gardens, and the Kensington Palace, that’s what you get with this route – nature in the middle of the city. This route is flat and nearly traffic free except Hyde Park Corner. Remember – Kensington Gardens is closed after dark.
Once a hunting ground for Henry VIII, today Regent’s Park is a public playground with open fields, gardens, a running track, restrooms, cafés, and the London Zoo.
Ruislip Woods: The Ruislip Lido is your first port of call, with a nice 2.5K looped path around it . You can also venture into the many woods that surround the lake. The woods have several trails and it is advised that you run anticlockwise, keeping to the perimeter of the woods by always turning left when you reach houses.
Bromley Woods: Bromley proudly calls itself the most rural of all London’s boroughs, in part because of its stunning array of woodlands. Connect these together for long runs or enjoy them on their own for shorter recovery runs.
Southwark Parks and Docks: From Tower Bridge, follow the Thames Path east through Dickens’ Bermondsey and you will soon come upon an urban figure-of-eight running route that is as diverse as it is beautiful.
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