5 Of The Best Running Routes In London

The weather at the moment couldn’t be better for runners. Fancy trying a new route instead of doing the same one all over again? We have rounded up the most breathtaking (literally) runs in London – from scenic paths along the canal to the best parks – so lace up your running shoes and hit those pavements…

1. The East London Canal Run


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Regent’s Canal is one of London’s hidden gems. Start at Angel tube station and follow Regents Canal East towards Limehouse Basin. Then take the Limehouse Cut past Olympic Park and around the Hackney Marshes before running back to Angel. This covers a distance of 13 miles (20.9km).

2. Richmond Park


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Richmond Park is probably one of the wildest places in the capital and the perfect place for the casual weekend jogger. It gives you a village-like feel and you will probably come across some of the local deer.

3. The Vicky Park Loop


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Start your run at Mile End Station. One loop around the outside of the Victoria park is about 2.7 miles (4,3 km), so you can do several ones depending on how fit you are. Finish at Pavilion Café and treat yourself with a post run flat white.

4. Hampstead Heath


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No outdoor activities in London is complete without Hampstead Heath. This one’s a classic and less of a fixed route. It’s always worth for that amazing view. Also, pack your swimwear in case you fancy taking a dip in one of the famous swimming ponds after your run.

5. Along the Thames


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Running along the Thames may seem obvious but it’s ideal for city seekers. Set off from Big Ben and then run your way along the riverside path taking in some of London’s most prominent landmarks. Simply follow the Thames and keep going for as many bridges as you want. A circuit from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge return is approximately 5.9 miles (9,5km).