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Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your running shoes and get ready to run for your life because today we are going to talk about the top 5 most scenic running routes in the UK. Whether you are a seasoned marathon runner or a newbie jogger, these five routes are guaranteed to make your heart race – both with excitement and with exertion. But hey, at least the views will be worth it, right?
We spoke to our running communities across social media to build a list of the most beautiful running routes and then put it out to vote to find the top 5.
The Jurassic Coastline
Our first scenic route takes us to the Jurassic Coastline. Yes, you heard that right – Jurassic. As in, dinosaurs. As in, you may very well encounter a T-Rex or a pterodactyl during your morning run. Okay, not really, but the stunning views of the cliffs and the sea will make you feel like you are in a scene from Jurassic Park. This route stretches for over 90 miles and covers three counties: Dorset, East Devon, and Somerset. You can start your run in any of the towns or villages along the coastline, but we recommend starting in Lulworth Cove. It is known for its picturesque white pebble beach and crystal-clear waters. The route will take you through quaint seaside towns, rugged cliffs, and a host of stunning beaches. Just watch out for any velociraptors.
The Lake District
Our next scenic route takes us to the Lake District, where you will encounter not one, not two, but sixteen beautiful lakes. Yes, sixteen. If you’re not already convinced, then let us add that this route is also home to the highest peak in England – Scafell Pike. The Lake District route stretches for 48 miles and will take you through some of the most stunning scenery in the UK. You’ll pass through quaint villages, rolling hills, and of course, those sixteen beautiful lakes. Just be prepared for the occasional rainfall – it wouldn’t be the Lake District without a bit of rain, now would it?
Our third scenic route takes us to the Cotswolds, where you will feel like you have stepped into a fairytale. The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s easy to see why. The route stretches for 102 miles and will take you through picturesque villages, rolling hills, and fields of sheep. You’ll pass by historic houses and castles, and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a deer or two. This route is perfect for those who want to take things at a leisurely pace and soak up the stunning scenery.
Snowdonia National Park
Our fourth scenic route takes us to Snowdonia National Park in Wales, where you will be able to run among some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the UK. The route is a circular route of 26.5 miles and will take you around the base of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. You’ll pass through tranquil forests, rocky mountain paths, and crystal-clear streams. If you’re up for a challenge, you can even climb Mount Snowdon itself. Just be prepared for some steep inclines – this route is not for the faint of heart.
The Scottish Highlands
Last but certainly not least, our final in the Top 5 scenic running routes takes us to the Scottish Highlands. This route is not for the faint of heart, but for those who are up for the challenge. It is one of the most stunning running routes in the world. The route is 95 miles long and takes you through some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK. You’ll pass by majestic lochs, towering mountains, and vast moors. You may even encounter a Highland cow or two. Just be prepared for some chilly weather – even in the summer months, the Scottish Highlands can get very cold.
There we have it, the Top 5 most scenic running routes in the UK. Got it right or wrong, let us known in the comments!