The Best Trail Running Getaways
The UK is home to a dynamic range of terrain. We have it all, from snowcapped peaks, to rugged coastlines and cruisey canal towpaths. Our list of trail running locations below offers inspiration for the perfect weekend getaway. An alternative to lounging in a boutique hotel that suits those that feel the urge to get out into nature and move….
Snowdon might draw the big crowds, but those in the know keep the Brecon Beacons firmly under the radar when it comes to trail running. Perfect for multi-day routes, you can either tackle the Brecons Way, or the Brecon Beacons Traverse.
The circuit of the Blorenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and full of old ruins and tram roads to explore, while a loop taking in Pen y Fan and the Monmouthshire Canal gives you a diverse range of terrain on a weekend fastpacking push.
Synonymous with fell running, the Lakes is the perfect place to escape up into the hillsides and mountains. Home to Scafell Pike, one of the prestigious Three Peaks, as well as highly regarded trail routes like the Old Man of Coniston circuit, this is some seriously rugged, but beautiful terrain. For a weekend assault on the Lakes, try hitting the Fairfield Horseshoe, an ambling 17km route that takes in eight Wainwrights. A loop around Ullswater can be a great second day run, with much less hill climb to contend with, giving you a weekend of contrasts and the very best of this gorgeous corner of the UK.
The South Downs Way National Trail is an iconic route stretching from Winchester in Hampshire, to Eastbourne in Sussex. Expect spectacular sprawling views along the south downs. It’s a sturdy 100 miler, and there are organised ultra marathons that take place each year. However, it’s also totally possible to do this journey over a few days with some over-nighting in towns along the way.
The South West Coast Path
This arduous route begins up in Somerset, loops the coast of Cornwall and finishes in Dorset. It takes in the entire coast of Devon and Cornwall, along with the majority of Dorset’s and a little of Somerset’s. The whole route is a colossal undertaking, but again, there are sections that can be done over a day or two and some great long weekend sections to explore. In its entirety, the route is 630 miles and has 115,000ft of ascent – not for the faint hearted – making it England’s longest National Trail.
What better place to lose yourself than the Scottish Highlands. Whether you’re looking to tackle some Munroes, or circumnavigate a loch, the Highlands are where you need to be. One of Scotland’s best kept secrets, is the Great Trails.
This collection of long distance routes are government funded, so they are all clearly signposted and maintained – useful to combat felled trees and erosion. Head out on the John Muir Way, the Union Canal Towpath, or the Moray Coast Trail. You can even find planned excursions along routes where your kit is transported to the next stop on the route, allowing you to do multi-day trails.