Running in London's Parks

Running in London's Parks

October 30, 2019

Now the leaves are turning, there’s no time more beautiful to escape the air pollution of the city. Leave the sounds of traffic or the sound of the whirring treadmill behind, and connect yourself with nature by running in one of London’s green spaces.

Not only do you get a better view, but running amongst nature is proven to give a greater feeling of revitalization, increased energy, and decreased feelings of tension.

There’s the added bonus of being able to explore new places, too – and we’re lucky that London offers an abundance of areas to discover.

Here are some of our favourites…

Hampstead Heath

 

Hampstead Heath has something for everyone, with both paved paths and dirt trails through covered woodlands and open fields. There are various points that offer a beautiful view of the London skyline, yet most parts of the Heath have managed to avoid becoming a tourist trap – so you can take in the views on your run without having to manoeuvre around crowds.



Bushy Park


Bushy Park is the second largest of London’s eight Royal Parks, and is linked to Hampton Court Palace by the Longford River. Wild deer roam freely in the park, which provides a beautiful setting that will help you feel connected to nature whilst running - just be careful to keep your distance at this time of the year, as they are in rutting season until November. Bushy Park has an extensive network of trails through woods, gardens, ponds and wide-open fields.



Wanstead Flats

Accessible via Leytonstone Underground, Wanstead Flats is East London runners’ best-kept-secret. The beautiful expanse of flat and open grass fields offers a network of mown trails around its perimeter and criss-crossing through its heart. You also have the option to head East into the forested Wanstead Park to do a longer perimeter run, or you can head North into Epping Forest - so you won’t struggle to find a trail length that suits.

 


Richmond Park

Richmond Park’s dirt trails through forests and fields are the closest you can feel to being in the countryside whilst only being a short trip from central London. The park’s most popular route, the Tamsin Trail, is a man-made trail which takes you around the park’s perimeter - but becomes crowded with runners, cyclists and dog walkers. We recommend choosing a different route from its network of trails: if you venture through the centre at this time of year, you are likely to meet its resident deer.

 


Connecting with nature is essential for our own wellbeing and for the wellness of our planet, so allow yourself time away from the city to explore one of these green spaces, or find a favourite of your own.



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